The 1980s-themed production is Pines’ biggest in years. “There’s nothing like live theater,” says director Phyllis
The College of the Arts at White Pines College is going retro for the biggest theatrical production in years.
About 30 students in grades 8-12 and 7 teachers from the school perform, sing and dance. wedding singer Early December.
cinematically, wedding singer A 1998 romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, set in 1985, two people who have experienced disappointment and heartache with their respective fiancés find true love in each other.
Anyone familiar with ’80s pop culture will love Pines Productions, says Holly Phillis, the show’s director and teacher.
The performance is about 2 hours with an intermission.
The teachers who plan the shows for the students who stand on stage and the students who are active behind the scenes are constantly praised.
Since we don’t really have a dance program here at White Pines, the dancers took a lot of risks in terms of learning the choreography and performing it. They had to step out of their comfort zones to learn these dances, but everyone was so committed. It was really great,” he said. wedding singer Talk to the choreographer, SooToday.
“We are very proud to have taken on the scale of this show.It is kind of a show stopper in terms of musicality and choreography. “We’ve had an overwhelming response from children who want to participate,” said teacher Erica Nogaro, the show’s producer.
“Their responsibility, dedication and accountability have been great. They are energetic, enthusiastic and dedicated to their role and the show as a whole. I’m going to show you,” Nogaro said.
Greg MacLachlan, White Pines music teacher and musical director of the show, said:
“Art is one of the most important ways that young people, especially young people, learn to express themselves. I think it’s one of the best ways to teach them how to deal with the influx of information and culture, and how to deal with the growth they need to go through into adulthood.”
“It’s almost like a rite of passage. will help.”
“They were so easy to coach,” McLachlan praised the young cast, saying the performers were able to deal with criticism and prepare well-executed productions.
This show is a whole new experience for 12th grade Maria Kirk. wedding singer Julia Sullivan, the female protagonist.
“Right now, I’m doing a co-op for voice and drama classes, but this is the first time I’ve really tried acting. I play the violin and piano, but this is the first time I’ve stepped into the acting world. The cast is great and very supportive of each other,” Kirk said.
“I’m really impressed with the progress we’ve made in the last few months. It’s a really short time frame to put together a show of this magnitude. Lots of great 80’s references and jokes, so I don’t know about the cast, but the audience will love it, the music is great, it’s a really well done show, can’t wait for people to come see it I can’t.”
“I don’t think I sleep much before the first show,” laughed Kirk.
“I think everyone gets nervous. There are a lot of lines and clues to remember, but it’s great to have the costume on and the lights on.”
“It took me a while to get used to my personality, but now it’s really cool to be able to move into the 1980s waitress mentality. Then she goes into practice and transforms into this other character, which I think suits me very well.
“Occasionally, as I go about my day-to-day life, someone says something that reminds me of a line from the show, and my brain is always on that track.”
“I definitely want to get into the world of music,” Kirk said of his future after high school.
“I’m not sure if it’s musical theater, musical performance, or composing, but I definitely want to stay in art. I don’t know, but I can’t imagine myself not playing music.”
Gabrielle Fournier, an 11th grader, stars as the lead male character, Robbie Hart.
his role wedding singer The production isn’t his first, but it’s his biggest yet.
“It’s exciting. A lot of work has gone into this. I’ve never done anything of this size before. I’m excited because my whole family is coming to see this show.”
Fournier says she’s obsessed with her character, and often finds herself singing musical numbers from the show while going about her daily routine at home.
“I want to go to acting,” he said.
“I’m looking for a course in Toronto, maybe the University of T.”
“I’m a good person, I like to be the main character, but I’ll take on any role. I love doing this and I love expressing myself in ways I can’t in other fields.”
“We are like a big family here. Everything is going well,” Fournier said of fellow performers.
Twelfth grader Alder Devries plays Sammy, Robbie Hart’s best friend.
“Sammy is a good guy. He’s comedic relief most of the time. There’s a lot of serious stuff going on, so my character would hit the punchline.”
About 10 to 15 students assist in the production of sound and lighting.
“We’ve definitely come a long way since we started with the choreography, the singing, all of that. We started working on it in September. Only 15 days left until day one. This is my first musical production. ‘ said 11th grade Graham Kirk, who works as a music and sound engineer.
“We often use 3rd and 4th quarters in the production of musicals, such as the T-shirts and hoodies press for the show, the programming of the music, and so on. I keep notes in a binder about things like that.”
All the hard work behind the scenes is worth it, said Kirk, who also designed the production’s poster.
“I’m both nervous and excited. I am proud of
He has been playing guitar for nine years and wants to pursue music production as a career.
wedding singer It runs December 8-10 at 7:00 pm at the Sioux Community Theater Center.
Tickets are $10 and available at the door.
Tickets can also be obtained in advance by calling 705 945-7181 or by email.
Funds raised from ticket sales go back to the White Pines art program.
There will also be two free daytime performances for 700 elementary school students on Thursday, December 8, and a further 500 elementary school performances on Friday, December 9, both at 9:45am. minutes.
this is the first time wedding singer A White Pines teacher said it was done at Sioux.
“There is no such thing as live theater,” said director Filice.