The Fine Arts Network Theater Company is wrapping up its sixth season at the Old Town Temecula Theater in style — 80′s style, that is.
“The Wedding Singer” is an energetic musical with a blast of 80’s nostalgia that will keep audiences laughing and send them home with the sing-able theme song, “This is Your Wedding Day,” stuck in their heads.
“The musical stays very true to the movie,” said producer Beverly Stephenson. “Fans of musicals, the 80’s, comedy and Adam Sandler will all find something to love about this production.”
Directed by Paul Kehler with music direction by Sharon Duchi and choreography by Chelsea Lapp, the musical follows the charming story of a wedding singer who brings love and joy to others on their wedding days but can’t seem to find the right love for himself.
He becomes disillusioned with life and love, but finally realizes that his “true” love has been right there all along and is about to make a terrible mistake. A dramatic rescue, a Las Vegas wedding and help from Billy Idol bring this love story to its happily-ever-after conclusion.
“Our lead actors are awesome in this production,” said Stephenson. ”Nate Beals is a perfect Robbie and Jessica Sharples is one to watch as the adorable ingénue Julia, wonderfully against type from her most recent impressive turn as Ado Annie in ‘Oklahoma.’ At the Fine Arts Network, we love working with returning players as well as exciting new talent.”
Friday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 26 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 27 at 2 p.m.
Thursday May 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 2 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Fans of the “rapping granny” from the movie are in for a treat as she will be on stage busting her rhymes in the musical version as well.
“The rap is a classic moment that will have the audience rolling,” said Stephenson.
Stephenson divulged another secret for theater-goers who may want an even more unique experience: “Request a seat down in the pit. That part of the audience will set up like a wedding reception: tables and chairs, cake and punch and lots of fun.”
Regardless of what seat you are in, the show promises to entertain with iconic 80’s staging, music and choreography recounting a tale of heartbreak, laughter and love.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.temeculatheater.org.
Corie Maue is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.