North Central College - Naperville, IL

Students stage “The Wedding Singer” March 3-6

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Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

Feb. 3, 2011—North Central College theatre takes a classic romantic comedy film to the stage in a musical production of “The Wedding Singer.”

Four performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. March 3, 4 and 5, and at 2 p.m. March 6 in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

“The Wedding Singer” takes the audience back to 1985 in Ridgefield, N.J. Wannabe rock star Robbie Hart happens to be New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. But after Robbie’s fiancée dumps him, he wreaks havoc during the weddings where he sings. Robbie’s life seems to take a turn for the better when he meets Julia, a waitress he meets during a wedding, but the situation gets complicated since she’s already involved with a Wall Street broker.

Adapted from the 1998 film of the same name, “The Wedding Singer” ran on Broadway for 285 performances in 2006 under the direction of Tony Award-winning director John Rando. The production was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

North Central’s production of “The Wedding Singer” is directed, choreographed, staged and coordinated entirely by senior students majoring in theatre. Nine seniors started working together last spring, selecting the show they wanted to present, then holding auditions and rehearsals this school year.

“Being part of ‘The Wedding Singer’ is one of the highlights of my senior year,” says co-director Kaylee Oost of Plano, Ill. “Our team, cast and support system has been so wonderful and I have looked forward to this opportunity for years… This is the time when we all get pushed to our limits and I’m excited to see how we all grow and come out of this process.”

“It’ll be a night of laughter, love and reminiscing for the audience,” says co-director Aileen Rak of Shorewood, Ill.

The principal parts for North Central’s “The Wedding Singer” are:

Parts: Actor, town, year, major
Robbie: Max DeTogne of Arlington Heights, Ill., a sophomore majoring in speech communication
Sammy: Garrett Lutz of Aurora, Ill., a junior majoring in musical theatre
George: Bryan Renaud of Sugar Grove, Ill., a sophomore majoring in theatre
Julia: Kathryn Lepine of Naperville, Ill., a junior majoring in elementary education
Holly: Daryn Harrell of Peoria, Ill., a junior majoring in musical theatre
Glen: Dave Musselman of Woodridge, Ill., a junior majoring in musical theatre
Rosie/Angie: Emily Schmidt of Mascoutah, Ill., a junior majoring in theatre and English writing
Linda: Emma Van Ommeren of Lake Mills, Wis., a sophomore majoring in musical theatre

Crew: Name, town, year, major
Director: Aileen Rak of Shorewood, Ill., a senior majoring in musical theatre
Director: Kaylee Oost of Plano, Ill., a senior majoring in theatre
Choreographer: Tommy Rivera-Vega of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, a senior majoring in musical theatre
Music director: Taylor Martin of Madison, Wis., a senior majoring in choral music
Stage manager: Curtis Stelter of Lemont, Ill., a senior majoring in musical theatre and theatre
Production manager: Marissa Backlin of Monee, Ill., a senior majoring in music
Set designer: Ian Johnson of Downers Grove, Ill., a senior majoring in psychology and theatre
Light designer: Drew Ogden of Medina, N.Y., a senior majoring in theatre
Producer: Jared Grebner of Washington, Ill., a senior majoring in theatre

North Central College offers majors in theatre performance, technical theatre or musical theater and minors in theatre or dance. A full range of acting and dance classes is available, as well as opportunities to direct a full-length production. Students of all majors can participate in musical and non-musical performances, actor showcases and one-act plays and performances in the College’s four theatre venues. Full-time professors and active professionals who are artist-teachers serve as faculty. For more information about North Central College’s theatre programs visit northcentralcollege.edu/theatre.

Founded in 1861, North Central College is celebrating its Sesquicentennial in 2011. This community event is one of many ongoing programs at the College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

11-24-2010