The Wedding Singer

Date 18th November 2022
Society Rhyl & District Musical Theatre Company
Venue Little Theatre, Rhyl
Type of Production Musical
Director Drew Noble
Musical Director Craig Price
Choreographer Gail Astle

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Author: Lyn Emmerson

This was the first time I had seen ‘The Wedding Singer’ I hadn’t even seen the film. Another feather in the cap of Director Drew Noble, this 80‘s musical drew a very appreciative audience who fully entered into the experience.

This was a very strong experienced cast led by Ashley McAllister who was perfectly cast as rock star wannabe Robbie Hart. He put his stamp on the role of Robbie from his first entrance, through the character’s different moods, from a lively energetic opening number ‘It’s Your Wedding Day’ through to depression after being dumped at the altar by his fiancé, Linda.

The role of waitress, Julia Sullivan was in the capable hands of Jessica Downing-Jones. Lovely singing from Jessica in this role, she was confident in all aspects of stagecraft throughout the piece and harmonised well with Robbie in their 2nd Act duets.    

Brilliant characterisation from Jane Crinigan as Rosie, Robbie’s Granma, who had the audience in stitches with her unconventional workouts and quirky appearances from time to time. We began to think ‘what next’ each time she appeared.  

Good support for Robbie from Band Members George and Sammy, played by Tomas Foulkes and Harrison Daly respectively. They gave us many fun moments, whilst Chloe Ward gave us a confident performance as Holly, Julia’s cousin and friend.

Craig Semple was well cast giving us a very creditable portrayal as Wall Street Broker and love cheat Glen Guglia who strings Julia along. Del Harper as Angie, Julia’s pushy mother and Sarah Alcock as Linda who dumped Robbie at the altar in Act 1 both gave confident performances.

Excellent work from Stage Crew. Scenery changes were swift with no pauses throughout and props were adequate and well placed. – Great work all!!

Chorus and dancers were well rehearsed, one could feel the energy and excitement coming over the footlights resulting in a well-deserved standing ovation from the appreciative audience.  Thank you once again RADMTC, I look forward to HONK! In 2023.

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