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‘To the max!’ Westfield State presents ‘The Wedding Singer’

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WESTFIELD, Mass.,

February 23, 2016- West- field State University’s student-run group the Musical Theatre Guild (MTG) will perform the musical “The Wedding Singer” from Thursday, February 25 through Saturday, February 27 on Dever Stage. The performances run nightly at 7:30 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, February 27.

Based on the 1998 film of the same name, “The Wedding Singer” is set in the 1980’s and follows Robbie Hart, an aspiring musician who performs at local weddings and bar mitzvahs and Julia Sullivan, a waitress who works for the same venue. After Robbie is left at the altar, he and Julia become close despite her engagement to Glen Guglia, a cheating Wall Street Banker. By the end of the show, Robbie is determined to tell Julia how he feels, even if it takes flying to Vegas to stop her elopement.

“The Wedding Singer” debuted on Broadway on April 27, 2006 and was directed by John Rando, featuring Tony-nominated Stephen Lynch in the lead role. It closed on December 31, 2006 after 284 performances.

The show features 25 student actors along with 18 students working behind the scenes. It is directed by Andrew Morin ’17 of Clinton, Mass., and co-directed and choreographed by Rachel Cofsky ’17 of Charlon, Mass.

An MTG member since his freshman year, Morin said he enjoyed taking a step back from acting by directing “The Wedding Singer.”

“While I have my vision for the show and the characters, it is up to my designers and actors to make my vision, interpret in their own way, and present it,” Morin said. “That is the most beautiful part of directing – getting to see my vision come to fruition through the work of my cast and crew.”

Morin said that the Musical Theatre Guild chose the show because it appeals to a wide range of audiences.

“It’s a very dynamic show,” Morin said. “Whileit is a comedy, there are still points that will have you in tears. It also consists of very catchy and fun music with intricate dances that will keep the audience on their feet.

Finally and most importantly, this is a show about love. I think that any audience member can learn a little something about love, and loving themselves by seeing this show.”

Cofsky said she the club was drawn to the overall message of love.

“I hope our audience gets the message that love wins and that what’s meant to be will always find its way,” Cofsky said. “Love comes in all shapes and sizes,
from family, to friends, to significant others. Everyone deserves theright to love who they want
to love.”

The Musical Theatre Guild is the oldest studentrun club on campus, and was founded in 1972. The club puts on two musicals per school year. MTG has just four weeks to organize a full musical, including learning a full score and script, movement during each scene, dancing, and constructing a full set for the show.

Dever Stage is located in Parenzo Hall on the campus of Westfield State University. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $2 for students, faculty, and staff and $5 for general admission. To reserve tickets, email Sam Asuque at sasuque3363@westfield.ma.edu.

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