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School of Music, Theatre, and Dance presents 'The Wedding Singer'

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013



MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present the Broadway musical "The Wedding Singer," based on the movie of the same name, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-9 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in McCain Auditorium.

It's 1985 and hair is big, collars are up and a wedding singer might be the coolest guy in the room. In "The Wedding Singer," Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer until his own fiance leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own until a beautiful waitress, Julia, wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark. Can Robbie pull off the performance of a decade, or is the girl of his dreams gone forever?

Dwight Tolar, assistant professor of theatre, will direct "The Wedding Singer." Musical direction is by Paul Hunt, associate professor of music; vocal coaching is by Amy Rosine, associate professor of music; choreography is by Jerry Jay Cranford, instructor of theatre; set design is by Kathy Voecks, associate professor of theatre; costume design is by Dana Pinkston, associate professor of theatre; sound design is by Kyle McGuffin, technical director at McCain Auditorium; and lighting design is by John Uthoff, associate professor of theatre. Wayne Goins, professor of music, will perform in the orchestra.

Tickets are $16 for the general public; $14 for seniors, faculty, staff and military; and $11 for students, plus tax and applicable fees. They can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, by phone at 785-532-6428 or online at http://www.k-state.edu/theatre. Fees will apply to phone and online orders. Military night and faculty/staff night will be Nov. 9, with these groups receiving an additional $2 discount. Seniors will receive an additional $2 discount on Sunday, Nov. 10, for the 2:30 pm matinee. These discounts cannot be applied to online orders. Groups of 10 or more may receive a discount rate. For more information or assistance in planning a theatre party, contact Marci Maullar at 785-532-6878.

Students in cast and crew include:

Blake Cordell, freshman in theatre performance and music composition, Derby, chorus member; Danielle Jones, senior in music theatre and Spanish, Dodge City, ensemble member.

From Greater Kansas City: Michael Fibelkorn, freshman in music education, Gardner, ensemble member; Ellyn Calvert, junior in theatre, Kansas City,Kan., ensemble member; Drew Szczesny, senior in percussion performance, Lenexa, ensemble member; Kelsi Walton, sophomore in clinical lab science-medical technician, Olathe, ensemble member; and Sara Belhouari, senior in theatre performance, as Holly, and Elise Poehling, sophomore in music theatre, as Julia, both from Overland Park.

From Manhattan: Sandy Chastan, master's student in theatre performance, as Rosie; Mat Ellis, senior in theatre, as Sammy; Rachel Hunt, sophomore in vocal performance, as Clerk, Large Lady and ensemble member; Brian Ingalsbe, junior in applied music, ensemble member; Sam Massey, sophomore in vocal performance, as Robbie; and Jon Strom, sophomore in applied music, ensemble member.

Mollie Stephens, senior in hotel and restaurant management, Pittsburg, ensemble member; Joey Boos, senior in theatre, Salina, ensemble member; Randy Rhoten, junior in theatre, Topeka, as George; Shannon Madden, junior in music theatre, Wakefield, as Angie; Hannah Conroy-Philbrook, freshman in music theatre, Wamego, as Linda; and Logan Jones, sophomore in theatre and French, and Chloe Pyle, sophomore in theatre performance, ensemble member, both from Wichita.

From out of state:

Mark Hay, junior in theatre-dance, Thousand Oaks, Calif., ensemble member; Sarah Stoulil, senior in music theatre, Pocahontas, Iowa, ensemble member and dancer; and Donovan Woods, senior in vocal performance, Bedford, Texas, as Glenn.


Spencer Wichman

Marci Maullar


K-State Theatre

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Written by

Darrah Tinkler

At a glance

Kansas State University's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present the Broadway musical "The Wedding Singer," based on the movie of the same name, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-9 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov.10 in McCain Auditorium