LBWCC student cast brings musical to life

Published 12:01 am Saturday, July 31, 2010

T he LBW Community College Music Department presents The Wedding Singer, a Broadway musical version of the hit movie and presented through special arrangement with the Music Theatre International of New York City.

The production brings together LBWCC and Covington County community singers, dancers, and actors at 7 p.m. on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, and at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 8 in the Dixon Theater for the Performing Arts, LBW Community College, Andalusia campus.

“This is the third LBW summer musical production in three years,” said Kathy Dowdy, producer and vocal coach. Previous productions included The Boyfriend in 2008 and Footloose last year.

“The Wedding Singer has a wonderful cast who really know how to bring the characters to life,” she said. “This comedy features 20 rollicking song and dance numbers and is recommended for mature audiences.”

The story is set in New Jersey and begins with Robbie Hart (Sean O’Rourke), a professional wedding singer, left standing at the altar by his long-time girlfriend Linda (Jessica Walker). His attitude quickly goes downhill and he and his fellow band members, Sammy and George (Cameron Morgan and Sam Fairley) are in danger of losing their livelihoods.

Robbie meets Julia (Rachel Blocker), a waitress who wants to marry Glen Guglia (Josef Gallion), a self-centered stockbroker. Julia, her mother Angie (Erinjane Griffin) and her feisty cousin Holly (Ashley McDonald) do their best to get Glen to propose. Of course, Robbie, along with his well-meaning Grandma Rose (Mallory Pouncey) has other ideas! A rare cameo appearance will be made by Eric Lidh as Grandpa.

A stellar cast of ensemble members (Callie Marie Crigger, Lori Davis, Hunter Grimes, Caleb Hammett, Jeremy Hare, Dustin Lunsford, Savannah Claire Morgan, Emily Ricks, Darryl Shepherd, and Heather Smith) play multiple roles, including Las Vegas celebrities, in order to bring this exciting story to the stage.

The pit band, directed by Johnny Brewer, features Brittany Brooks, percussion; Sonia Crigger, synthesizer; Kathy Dowdy, piano; Alex Hare, drums; Mike Tyner, lead guitar; David Kervin, saxophone; and David Everett, bass guitar.

Also serving with the production are Eric Lidh, artistic director; Callie Hatchett, choreographer; Jerry Wishum, lighting/sound; and Robert Lawrence, prop manager.

Tickets will be available at the door only, with doors opening 30 minutes prior to performances. Tickets are $5 for students, and $10 for adults.

For more information, call (334) 222-6591.

Photos courtesy of LBWCC

The Wedding Singer cast: Rachel Blocker, Hunter Grimes, Dustin Lunsford, Savannah Claire Morgan, Sam Fairley, Sean O’Rourke, Ashley McDonald, Cameron Morgan, Lori Davis, Jeremy Hare, Callie Marie Crigger, Caleb Hammett, Emily Ricks and Darryl Shepherd. | Courtesy of LBWCC