The Aurora Fox is gearing up for a special production of The Wedding Singer, a musical baed on the popular 1998 movie starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. The Aurora Fox is mounting the region’s premiere of this nostalgic musical, set in 1985, and it is directed and choreographed by Mandy Moore, known best as a choreographer and guest judge on TV’s So You Think You Can Dance. Moore will be assisted by her sister, Missy, a well-known local performer and director in the greater Denver area. The Moores and the Fox are creating a show that local performers are itching to perform in, and local audiences should be running to see!
The cast and creative staff gathered on Monday, Jan 10 to meet one another, introduce the design concepts, and conduct a first read-through/sing-thourgh of the musical. The Aurora Fox is planning on a series of exciting events surrounding the production, including the cast outings to sing 80’s karoake, and an opportunity for audience members to renew their own wedding vows during the intermission of one of the performances.
Design Elements Capture the Fun of the 80’s
Costume designer Meredith Murphy presented a series of colorful designs that represent the different styles of the 1980’s. A range of 80’s styles will be represented, so be prepared for brightly colored suits, shoulder pads, off-the shoulder t-shirts and parachute pants.
Set designer Charles Dean Packard presented a
wonderfully versatile set, with a rotating centerpiece to represent several locales in the story (several wedding halls, Robbie’s bedroom, and others). The set will involve the best of the theatrics of the 80’s, including rock-style lighting and pyrotechnics.
Cast ready to revisit the 80’s with sets and costumes
Brianna Firestone (Julia) and Piper Arpan (Holly) react to costume sketches.
Amanda Earls (Linda) talks about her rock ‘n’ roll wedding dress.
Mandy Moore and Aurora Fox Draw Some of the Best in Denver
The cast of The Wedding Singer includes several Denver favorites, including Ben Dicke as Robbie Hart, Amanda Earls as Linda, Brianna Firestone as Julia and Piper Arpan as Holly. The ensemble also includes local favorites Danny Harrigan (co-founder of Gravity Defied Theatre), Noah Jordan, Ashleigh Amber Harris, Benjy Shirm, and many talented others.
For a sneak peek of a couple of the numbers in the show, see these recordings from the first read-through (that’s right, this is how great they sound before they’ve even rehearsed!).
David Nehls (George, musical director) sings “George’s Prayer”
Ben Dicke (Robbie) sings “Casualty of Love”