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27Feb

The Wedding Singer @ Lindenwold High School

"Saturday Night in the City," turned into Saturday night at Lindenwold's production of The Wedding Singer, and we could not be happier!

The Wedding Singer premiered on Broadway in 2006 based on the film of the same name.  It emerged with its book and lyrics written by Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar.  It was nominated for 5 Tony awards and 8 Drama Desk Awards mainly for the writing of its book and lyrics.  Set in 1985, the musical follows Robbie Hart, a wedding singer, as he searches for love after his finance left him stranded at their wedding.  He journeys through the trials and tribulations of love and may have just found the girl for him, but his moral judgment tells him otherwise.

Lindenwold's ensemble was so incredibly eye-catching.  Between the bright outfits of the 80s and the overall energy, it was hard to keep eyes off them. Their versatility as a whole and ability to portray a surplus of different characters are what helped to bring such praise.

Robbie Hart (David Bonilla-Mendoza) proved himself well-rounded time and time again.  Whether it was the vocals, the acting, or the dancing, he never ceased to amaze and entertain.  His ability to change emotion and vocal style, especially in the song, "Somebody Kill Me," so quickly added to this.  He also went as far as playing the guitar live which just further immersed the audience and led them to fall in love with him.  Julia Sullivan (Aryana Cruz) also presented herself to be very charming.  The two of them together had audiences on the edge of their seats hoping that they would find their way to one another.

George (Michael Gomez-Cruz) was beyond enjoyable to watch.  He brought comedy to the character with his many charming moments and the song, "George's Prayer."  His acting was beyond fun to watch, and his character was even more fun to watch unfold.  Another notable character was the famous Rosie (Kyra White).  From the moment she set foot on the stage, the whole audience was laughing.  Watching her randomly enter and exit during "Not That Kind of Thing," was beyond funny.  Furthermore, during the song, "Move That Thang," the two of them immersed themselves in their characters and made things just that more comedic.

The lighting for this show was nothing short of immersive.  The spotlights and the colors used for certain numbers helped not only to further the story but to set the mood for the scene.  In addition to this, the sets did very well in making scenes feel real.  The large steps helped to create levels that helped to set perspective within such a large show.  The many set changes were done very well and very quickly thanks to their stage crew.  It created an almost seamless effect which truly helped garner the audience's attention on more specific and important moments.

Lindenwold High School's cast and crew of The Wedding Singer truly made you want to get up and, "Move that thang!"

About the Author

Flood-Orion, Jeffrey

Flood-Orion, Jeffrey

Program Director - FY20 Season

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