“The Wedding Singer”? Like with Adam Sandler? Yes! “The Wedding Singer” (the musical) shares a general plot with “The Wedding Singer” (the movie). The musical is set in 1986 and is a romantic comedy that absolutely rocks.

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The movie and musical do not share a soundtrack and do have a few differences plotwise but expect the same humor and retro vibe. One difference is that in the stage version, the lead character, Robbie Hart, is assisted by Las Vegas impersonators such as Tina Turner and the Reagans and that, to me, adds to the fun.

“Coming into the Wedding Singer, I had no idea what a monster of a show this was. This show demands full attention from every single element of theatre. The show is very challenging, especially when all of the elements come together, but the band of directors we have is amazing”, said Madison Murgia, ensemble member.

Madison went on to say,”From the musical direction of Dr. Melody Rich to costuming details by Richard Transki to the choreography and directing by Teri Wilkerson, the show has transformed into something wonderful. Coming into my first college show being a freshman, I was intimidated, to say the least. Although, the cast and directors have all worked so hard to create an environment of discipline and constant encouragement. There really is something for everyone in the show.”

There is a cast of 40 and the majority of the cast have multiple costume changes. Local costuming great, Transki, and his team put together approximately 220 costumes for the production. The Abilene production will keep the 80’s setting, so big hair and shoulder pads will be everywhere.

Bridgett Mistrot, a sophomore, told me, “It’s a super cool experience to be a part of one of the biggest productions HSU has ever done! My friends and I have grown in so many ways. Most specifically in our dancing because of the choreography Teri Wilkerson has given us that is so challenging but so brilliant. Also, there are over 200 costumes in this show (As an ensemble member, I myself have five just in the first act!) so we have learned so much about 80’s fashion and definitely about how to be on top of our quick changes!“

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“The Wedding Singer” is a great way to take a break from current events and stressors. It’s a fun-loving show that is certain to have you singing along.

“The singing and dancing are a huge part of this show and I believe that the cast has risen to the occasion and will provide a very enjoyable show for our audience. The show is also just a fun story of love and finding yourself and I think the world needs this show to step out of reality and just laugh and enjoy quality performing for two hours. I hope everyone can go experience HSU Theatre and ‘party like it’s 1986!’”, said Dakota Medlin who plays George, the lead’s best friend.

The Wedding Singer performs at Van Ellis Theater, on Hardin-Simmons Campus October 5th-7th and 12th-14th at 7:30 PM, with matinee performances October 8th and 15 at 2:00 PM. You can purchase tickets online at www.hsutx.edu/tickets or call their box office (325) 670-1405. General admission is $15, seniors, students and military admission is $10, alumni admission is $8, and HSU students and employees are $5.

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