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  • “Wedding Singer” rocks PHS 80s-style

  • A high-energy performance of “The Wedding Singer” at Pittsburg High School transports audience members back to the 1980s as they follow the story of Robbie Hart and Julia Sullivan.

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  • A high-energy performance of “The Wedding Singer” at Pittsburg High School transports audience members back to the 1980s as they follow the story of Robbie Hart and Julia Sullivan.
    The show runs at 7 p.m. March 6-9, as well as 2 p.m. Saturday.
    Robbie, portrayed by Mason Bayliss, is the lead singer of a band that makes its living performing at weddings. The band also includes Sammy, played by Kevin McNay, and George, played by Derek Scholes.
    Robbie is enjoying life and love as he prepares to marry Linda, played by Emily Commons.
    The night before his wedding he briefly meets Julia Sullivan, played by Kylie Wilber, who is a waitress at the reception hall and is desperately hoping her boyfriend Glen Guglia, played by Garret Stalder, will propose.
    Rather than showing up to marry Robbie, Linda sends a note and breaks his heart.
    “Who will guarantee that love will find me, because love is what I do,” sings Robbie.
    Meanwhile, Glen takes Julia to Il Carousel, where they watch couples all around get engaged. Julia becomes more and more convinced the relationship is ending until Glen proposes in a typically over-the-top manner.
    Following his break-up, Robbie makes a disastrous attempt to return to performing at weddings and is thrown into a Dumpster, which Julia convinces him to climb out of.
    “I will be right here waiting for you,” she sings.
    Robbie then spends the remainder of the first act and most of the second searching for his place, including Bar Mitzvah performances and working for Glen in the corporate world.
    Meanwhile, he and Julia discover a deepening affection for each other and each sets out to tell the other, but can’t quite do so. The show hits its final climax when Glen and Julia fly to Las Vegas to be married with Robbie and a collection of faux famous friends in hot pursuit.
    Along the way, Holly, played by Megan Reed, and Rosie, played by Abbi Epperson, bring additional levels of depth and laughter to the story.
    The musical also is heavily sprinkled with 1980s cultural references that are certain to leave audience members above a certain age in stitches.
    Director Greg Shaw said the show was selected for its fun and because it was a good fit for the potential cast.
    “We have a nice mix,” Shaw said of the cast. “This show really lends itself well to lots of principals.”
    He said it also provides challenges for both the pit band, which was composed entirely of students for the first time, and also for the actors.
    “This is a tough show,” he said. “It moves a mile a minute.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Students involved in the performance agreed, and said they have been practicing for four months to pull it together.
    Megan Reed said she enjoyed the character dynamics between Julia and Holly.
    “It’s funny that we’re cousins, but we’re best friends too, because we’re polar opposites,” she said.
    They also said it was fun to relive their parents’ music and pasts.
    “This is a show I can relate to,” Bayliss said.
    The show features 350-400 costumes and 14 wedding dresses on the 45 students on the stage, in addition to the talents of about 30 additional students in the pit band and production staff.
    It was directed by Greg Shaw. Susan Laushman was the vocal and pit band director and conductor and Denise Williams was the technical director.
    The show does include adult themes and may not be appropriate for all ages.

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