Wedding Singer students prepare to take to the stage

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After months of work Steyning Grammar School’s production of The Wedding Singer is about to hit the school stage.

Tickets are on sale for the musical comedy which takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just have been the coolest guy in the room.

The cast of 55 students, aged from 12-18, have had huge fun rehearsing this show.

Director Jan Hobson said: “This is such a great show for a big company. It has some challenging and colourful lead roles, but also lots of cameo roles that add richness to the production.

“It is a very funny show and this year’s cast includes some very talented comic actors - it is going to be a delight to watch.”

Lead boy Will Carey, who plays wedding singer Robbie Hart, said: “The Wedding Singer is one of the maddest shows I’ve ever been involved in. My role, Robbie Hart, has been great fun to discover and I can’t wait to bring him alive onstage for audiences in July.”

Katie Duke, who has now done six productions at Steyning, said: “The Wedding Singer is a vibrant, exciting musical that’s been a joy to be part of.

“My character, Holly the waitress, has been one of my favourite roles to play since performing in musical productions. She’s feisty, wild and a lot of fun.

“This may be one of the most energetic and lively role I’ve played. It’s been challenging but another amazing experience. I can’t wait for The Wedding Singer to hit the stage.”

The young performers will be supported by a team of ex-pupils, who will return to provide lighting, sound, direction, set design and choreography.

Jan added: “It is truly a reflection of the Steyning family past and present. We are so fortunate to have these wonderful former pupils, now successful in their own performing arts careers, return to support our current students.

“It all makes for a brilliant theatre experience.”

The Wedding Singer will be performed at Steyning Grammar School, Drama Hall, Shooting Field site, Steyning on:

Thursday July 9 at 7.30pm

Friday July 10 at 7.30pm

Saturday July 11 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Sunday July 12 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £6 for students and are available from the school offices 01903 814555 / 01903 814786, Steyning Bookshop or by email to jan@juniortheatre.co.uk

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