Buffalo Grove High School will whisk audiences back to the '80s in this spring's romantic comedy musical, "The Wedding Singer," tonight through Saturday, April 25-28, in the school's Miller Theater. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., and tonight's curtain time is 7 p.m.
Based on the hit Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore film, the stage production is jam-packed with pop culture references and songs of the era. Wannabe rock star Robbie Hart, played by senior Joe Cavaiani, makes his living as New Jersey's favorite wedding singer, until he is jilted at the altar by fiancee Linda (sophomore Jesse Brooks) and left brokenhearted.
Robbie spews his bitterness onstage, making every gig a complete disaster, until a charming waitress named Julia (senior Jessica Wolf) catches his eye and captures his heart. Unfortunately, Julia is engaged to a successful Wall Street broker, Glen (freshman Dylan Dewitt). Unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a lifetime, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.
A large supporting cast/ensemble delivers powerhouse song and dance numbers. Buffalo Grove teachers Brian Foecking, Mike McCabe, Stephanie Pehr, and Kevin Trow will also add their theatrical/musical talents to the show.
Beth Wells and Lauren Stenzel are co-directors; Debora Utley is the production's music director; the orchestra director is Elizabeth Bennett; technical director and scenic designer, Ed Moon; lighting and sound designer/assistant technical director, Ethan Goldspiel; costumer and makeup designer, Debbie Andres; and house manager, Betsy Ludemann.
Reserved seating tickets will be available online. From the BG home page at bghs.d214.org, select "online ticketing" under the Fine Arts tab. Online sales will end 24 hours prior to each performance. Tickets also are on sale at the door, with the center section $11 and side section seats $10. Call (847) 718-4000 for information.