Macon Little Theatre goes retro with 1980s inspired ‘The Wedding Singer’

July 18, 2014 Updated 13 hours ago

Made famous by the Adam Sandler movie of the same name, “The Wedding Singer” takes its audience on a romp through the 1980s.

Musician Robbie Hart entertains his way into the hearts of wedding guests all over the state of New Jersey until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar. Lost and more than a little bitter, Hart loses his mojo until he meets Julia, who just might be the woman of his dreams.

Watch the story unfold on stage beginning Friday at Macon Little Theatre.

“This story appeals to people because it touches on a universal theme,” director Sylvia Haynie said. “It’s about being in love and the choices we make about who to spend our lives with, only with many comedic twists.”

Haynie said the theater was looking for something lighthearted -- both for the actors and the audience -- for a summer production, and found it with “Wedding Singer.”

“We have a strong dancers and a lot of college kids who are home for the summer just looking for a fun way to spend some of their creative time. We have right at 40 people on stage and a crew of 10. We also have a live orchestra,” she said. “Stylistically, each song will bring memories of the ‘80s flooding back -- at least it will for those of us who lived through the ‘80s. We have the showy clothes, the big hair, the preppy sweaters, and lots of other fantastic little touches that really bring the era home on the stage.”

Haynie added with a laugh that the cast’s youngest member, at age 17, wasn’t alive during the 1980s. But most of them were.

“Of course, the cast has members up through an almost 70-year-old, so it’s an eclectic group. They’ve all worked very hard to bring this show together, and I’m so proud of them,” she said.

In typical ‘80s fashion, the show has lots of high energy dance numbers, which were choreographed by Jenny Carroll Morris.

“She took last summer off to have a baby, but we are thrilled she is back this year as both the choreographer and one of the leads in the show. Brian Olson plays the “Wedding Singer” himself, and he is a delight to watch on stage. It’s his first lead at MLT, and we are superhappy to have him in the show,” Haynie said.

“Personally, my favorite is the song where the fellows all get together and sing about the joys of being single,” she said. “Of course, the opening number is great, as well. It is a gigantic dance number set at a wedding and it will pull everyone in. The cast has worked for eight straight weeks to master these dances and thrill our audiences. We just hope folks will come out and enjoy the show with us. It’s something different and something and we think folks will really enjoy it.”

She did add a word of caution for parents, and gave this show a PG-13 rating.

“This show is a great date night show for adults,” Haynie said. “It’s definitely got a PG-13 rating and for people not familiar with Adam Sandler, his humor is aimed at older teens and adults.”

When: 8 p.m. July 18-19 and 23-26; 2:30 p.m. July 20 and 27

Where: Macon Little Theatre, 4220 Forsyth Road

Cost: $18 adults; $15 seniors; $10 students ages 5-23

Information: 478-477-3342; www.maconlittletheatre.org

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