July 14, 2021
This weekend the Millersport Community Theatre (MCT) will “take you back to the land of mixed tapes, the real MTV, Rubik’s Cubes, Mr. T and Aqua Net” with their production of The Wedding Singer.
The musical, based on the 1998 film of the same name, is the story of Robbie, a popular New Jersey wedding singer, whose life is upended after being left at the altar. He finds love again with Julia, a waitress where he sings, but she is already engaged to a wealthy businessman. Can he, a penniless musician, win her heart in this material world?
“Millersport Community Theatre is excited to get back to the stage,” said board member Jill Henwood. ” After a year of shutdowns, MCT is excited to get on the stage again. This is a fun show, set in the 80s with a phenomenal cast of actors who are just as excited to get back to live theatre. Our director, Brenton LeuVoy, has put a lot of thought and energy into making this show a fun experience for the cast and audience. “
The musical which runs July 16-18, is choreographed by Faith Kaylor with musical direction by Johanna Whetstone-LeuVoy . The cast features almost 30 members from across Central Ohio, including Sydney Campbell as Julia and Adam Dominick as Robbie.
“I think that what people will enjoy most about this show is that it is just fun in its purest form,” director LeuVoy said. “This show takes us back to a time that, whether you lived it or not, life just seemed like a pop of color and a big dance break. And that’s exactly what this show will be for anyone who comes to see it. “
“I’m most excited for people to see our cast onstage singing, dancing, and just having an absolute blast. This show is visually stunning from the lighting to the choreography, and I think that people will really be amazed at what we’ve done on the Millersport stage. This cast is, without a doubt, the most energetic and dedicated one that I’ve ever worked with. Whether they’re onstage or they’re helping build the set, they show up with a good attitude and they’re ready to work and deliver quality results,” LeuVoy said.
On Friday and Saturday, the shows start at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday matinee will begin at 2 p.m. All performances take place at the Millersport Elementary School Auditorium, 11850 Lancaster Street in Millersport. The house opens 30 minutes before the showtime.
The show is rated PG-13. Tickets for the live performance can be purchased for $15 at MCT’s ticket website.
MCT will also offer a streaming ticket option on its virtual ticket website. The video will be available for purchase from July 19 through September 19. The price for the streaming service is $20 per device and will remain available on that device for 48 hours.
“Of course, once you see the show in-person, we think you’re going to want to watch it again… and again… and again… and…,” the MCT website states.
This is the first streaming event that MCT has done with a musical and it is the first musical MCT has done in seven years.
“After things closed down in 2020, MCT partnered with Victoria Players Children’s Theatre in two virtual events called DUETS and Christmas DUETS,” Henwood said. “They were very successful and you can watch them on MCT’s YouTube channel.”
Millersport is located 20 minutes east of Pickerington straight out Refugee Road on the southside of Buckeye Lake. The area offers boating, swimming, camping and horseback riding as well as several local restaurants.
“We have some great places to eat for dinner before the show here in Millersport,” said LeuVoy. “Just down the road from the theatre, there’s Hometown Hot Dogs if you want some delicious home style cooking or The Canal on Buckeye Lake Breakfast and Mexican Grill. Right next door to The Canal, you’ll find Millersport Coffee and if you show them the virtual playbill for The Wedding Singer, they’ll give you $1 off your order. “
MCT is hoping to bring back their Kids’ Performance Workshop this fall. They are still working with area venues to schedule the workshop and info will be available on MCTohio.com and MCT social media pages. The spring show will begin rehearsals on the first weekend in January 2022 for a March performance.
“We are always looking for talented individuals on stage and behind the curtain,” Henwood said.
To learn more about the production, including cast bios and rehearsal videos visit MCT on Facebook.