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The Wedding Singer – Fall 2013

Based Upon The New Line Cinema Film Wrtten By Tim Herlihy

Book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy

Music by Matthew Sklar

Lyrics by Chad Beguelin

Lincoln Hall Theater

November 7-9, 2013

The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.  We had an exciting 2nd season opener, which was dedicated in loving memory of Gary Gardner, with The Wedding Singer.  The show was in Lincoln Hall Theater at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign on November 7-9, 2013 at 7:30pm.

CAST

Robbie – David Naber
Julia – Annie Keller
Sammy – Sean Tierney
Holly – Mary Geraci
George – Brandon Saposnik
Rosie – Kat Spungen
Glen – Janjay Knowlden
Linda – Sara Costello

Male Ensemble:
Harold Fonda / Shane McDonough / Tuxedo Man 1 / Bum / Chad – Jason Benjoya
Priest / Father of the Bride / Billy Idol – Tucker Nevel
Delivery Man / Ronald Reagan – Christopher Cayari
Ricky / Second Suit / Tuxedo Man 2/ Randy / George (u/s) – Nick Humbles
David Fonda / Third Suit / Tuxedo Man 3 – John Lattanzi
Ensemble / Sammy (u/s) / Glen (u/s)- Jay Kim

Female Ensemble:
Donny / First Suit / Mookie / Mr. T. / Linda (u/s) – Deepa Suneel
Tiffany / Tina Turner / Loser Guy – Ashley Scott
Sideburns Lady / Imelda Marcos – Ali Jonesi
Large Lady / Junior Secretary / Julia (u/s) – Sarah Freedland
Debbie Fonda / Donatella McDonough – Sarah Sensenbrenner
Krystal / Flight Agent / Fourth Suit – Taylor Toms
Waitress / Mrs. Reagan / Second Waiter / Rosie (u/s)  – Carly Graham
Angie / Glen’s Secretary / Delivery Woman – Mindy Shore
Stripper 1 / Bridesmaid 1 / Fifth Suit – Allison Wall
Stripper 2 / Bridesmaid 2 / Fourth Suit / Holly (u/s) – Katie O’Shea
First Waiter / Bad Hair Cut Guy / Bridesmaid 3 – Nisha Moorkoth
Ensemble – Delaney Sterling

Dance Captains – Allison Wall and Jason Benjoya

STAFF

Producer—Michael Courtney
Director—Ron Bowden
Music Director—Justin Brauer
Choreographer—Alexis DawTyne
Fight Choreographer—Ron Bowden
Stage Manager—Audrey Thompson
Technical Director—Derrick Pemberton
Scenic Designer—Derrick Pemberton
Costume Designer—Laura Wilson
Lighting Designer—Ron Bowden
Sound Designer—Pia Muyot
Props Coordinator—Sophia Ege
Scenic Charge Artist—Sean Tierney
Assistant Director—Erin Berg
Assistant Music Director—Brian Smith
Assistant Scenic Designer—Emilee McArdle
Assistant Lighting Designer—Austin Errera
Assistant Stage Manager—Karen Duke
Production Assistant—Jillian Mosk
Run Crew – Emilee McArdle, Erin Berg, Jordan Jones, Elizabeth Balkan
Faculty Advisor—Dawn Harris

ORCHESTRA

Conductor—Justin Brauer
Keyboard I—Justin Brauer
Keyboard II—Sean McQuinn
Drums—Justin Peters
Bass—Eric Wood
Guitar I—Jonah Brooks
Guitar II—Noah Gehrmann
Trumpet—Matt Renne
Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute—Tim He
Oboe, English Horn—Lynn Burkhead

SPONSORS

Supporting Artistic Sponsors:

University of Illinois – School of Music

Supporting Corporate Sponsors:

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Foundation

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