About the show
The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, collars were up, shoulders were padded, and a wedding singer may just have been the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, The Wedding Singer, the stage production’s sparkling new score does for the ’80s what Hairspray did for the ’60s.
It’s 1985, and rock star wannabe, Robbie Hart, is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie begins to make every wedding as disastrous as his own, so he changes his tune.
Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. But, as luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and, unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.
- Music by Matthew Sklar
- Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
- Book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy
The Production Team
Lianne Romans - Producer
This is Lianne’s first foray into producing a live musical and it’s been an experience she would highly recommend. Working with such a talented Directing Team, a dynamic and fun-loving cast, and a skilled production crew, Lianne’s time with the show has been a great exercise in creative and strategic thinking and she’s enjoyed every minute. And she looks forward to applying all that she’s learned to better managing the organization as Board Chair. She would also like to thank her partner Hans for all his support and for the loan of his construction skills.
Janet Ness - Director
When 10-year old Janet first sang at a fashion show she fell in love with the stage. High school was filled with theatrical experiences. She went on to major in theatre. It was “on the road” singing after that, until she knew she had to share her love of the arts. Enter teaching music, art, and drama and joining community theatre. Regularly now you can find her as vocalist with the Baytowne Big Band or the Cadillac Crew dance band or rehearsing with cohorts in community theatre. Not there? I guess she’s upstairs painting or cooking in the kitchen.
Chris Ness - Music Director
Chris loves living in Barrie. Gigs and rusty old motorcycles keep him happy. Now retired from full-time music teaching, team directing community theatre projects with Janet is the icing on his cake. Resident pianist with the Baytowne Big Band, straight guy with Moonglow, and subbing in with Wreckroom Elvis still allow time for Chris and Janet to perform in The Cadillac Crew. Pulling together this show band has been a hoot. These musicians are super talented and love to play. Thanks Gerry, Ralph, and Eugene!
Nancy Knapp - Choreographer
Nancy has enjoyed leads in West Side Story, They’re Playing Our Song, and The Sound of Music. She is a founding member of the Madcap Players and has worked with KCP hoofing it in Me and My Girl and the 30th Anniversary Show. Nancy has also performed in SST’s production of Boeing Boeing, Our Town, The Pajama Game, and Hats: The Musical. Nancy also enjoyed performing in We Need More Men with Theatre By The Bay. In her spare time, she teaches dancercise and is a member of the Simcoe Singers.
Adam Ashby - Choreographer
Adam is excited to be choreographing once again for KCP, having recently done Aladdin Jr. As well as being a choreographer, Adam teaches dance throughout schools in the GTA and loves to perform whenever he can! Past credits include: Finch in Newsies (Lower Ossington Theatre), King/Ensemble in Land of Make Believe (Theatre by the Bay), Angel in RENT, Zack Mooneyham in School of Rock, Senator Flipp/Tiny Tim in Urinetown (Moving Art), Prince Eric in Little Mermaid and Neleus in Mary Poppins (KCP). Next up, You Want it What Way? A Boy Band Take this summer at the Hamilton Fringe Festival.
Dorothy McCallion - Performance Stage Manager
Dorothy has been in theatre in Simcoe County for over 40 years last having worked onstage in KCP’s production of Oliver! last year. She is happy to be working backstage this time around and hopes you enjoy the show!
Brooke Corner - Costume Designer
Brooke is excited to be costume designer with her sister Jessica for the third time with KCP. They have costumed for Suessical The Musical Jr. (KCP), which they won “Best Costume Design” at the ACTCO awards, and costumed Beauty and the Beast (KCP). When not costuming, She takes private voice lessons with Edwina Douglas. Brooke would like to thank the creative team and cast for believing in her. A special thanks to Renee and volunteers for their help, and Jessica for being her partner in crime!
Jessica Corner - Costume Designer
Thrilled to be a part of The Wedding Singer, Jessica has been involved with KCP in many different roles, on stage and behind the scenes. Jessica is thrilled to be once again sharing the role of costume designer with her sister, with who she won a THEA award for Best Costume Design for Seussical The Musical (KCP) in 2014. A member of Lyrica Chamber Choir and a voice student of Edwina Douglas Jessica wants to thank Renee Smith for her help, and her mom for allowing them to turn the basement into an ‘80s bridal shop.
Kari Bacon - Angie
Kari is so excited to be a part of The Wedding Singer! This is her first show with KCP and loves how welcoming everyone has been. Though it’s been quite a few years, Kari is not a stranger to the stage having been involved with many musicals throughout high school & university. Big thanks and love to her husband for encouraging her to audition, and for all the support from her friends and family. Thank you to the cast and crew for making it so easy to dive back into the musical life!
Aaron Bennett - Sammy
Aaron is excited to bring The Wedding Singer to life with KCP! This will be Aaron’s fifth production with the company and is a new member of the Board of Directors. He had the pleasure of playing a leading role as Bill Sykes in last year’s production of Oliver! Other past titles included Wizard of Oz, Shrek The Musical and more! Aaron is excited for everyone to see this fun show full of big hair, rad dance moves, and an awesome wedding band! Kick back, relax, and enjoy the ride!
Mandy Bortolussi - Ensemble
Mandy is excited to be involved in her ninth KCP production and has been involved in community theatre for the past 15 years because it’s the best hobby ever! Favourite past shows include Footloose, Spamalot & The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This talented cast and crew of The Wedding Singer is ‘primo’ and big thanks to her fabulous family and friends who are the best entourage a gal could ask for!
Michael Card - George
Since his debut in KCP’s production of Oliver! last year, Michael has enthusiastically thrown his hat back in the ring to take on another KCP show. Michael is no stranger to the stage having travelled in Up with People in the late ‘90’s, and performing in numerous high school shows at Barrie Central. Michael would like to thank the love and support of his wife Paula and their two boys, Jack and Sam, and the consistent encouragement they offer everyday.
Ted Coach - Ensemble
Ted is happy to be back in another KCP show. He has previously enjoyed roles in four other shows with KCP and a few shows in other local groups. He has enjoyed the cast of this one and hopes you find the show as funny as we all do.
Kirstie Duke - Ensemble
Kirstie is very excited to be a part of The Wedding Singer with KCP! This will be her seventh production with the company. Kirstie had the honour of playing a leading role as Nancy in last year’s production of Oliver! Other titles include Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Wizard of Oz, Shrek the Musical and more! A new member of the Board of Directors, Kirstie is excited to continue being a part of such a wonderful community that is KCP. She hopes you enjoy the show.
Burke Erwin - Ensemble
Burke is a teacher coach, father, husband, and a wanna-be rock star. After 22 years of teaching Burke is excited to pursue new. Joy comes from his family. Burke has two beautiful daughters (Payton and Emma) and an amazing and supportive wife (Jen). For the past five years Burke has been a member of a local tribute band named Table 9. Acting and performing has always been interesting, but Burke’s comfort zone was always sports. Burke is excited about this new challenge.
Michelle Greig - Ensemble
This is Michelle’s debut performance with KCP, though she’s no stranger to the stage. An award-winning actress she has starred in various plays and musicals throughout her University career. She has also written and co-directed a musical and, served as vocal director for a U of T Daffodil production. When not impersonating Marilyn Monroe, she can be found working as a radiation therapist at RVH. Michelle also has a passion for song writing and even poses as a wedding singer from time to time.
Kristine Hutchens - Julia Sullivan
Kristine studied musical theatre at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. She found a true passion for sketch comedy and improv shortly after where she performed at Second City, Comedy Bar, The Rivoli and Toronto Sketch Fest’s. Her most memorable theatre credits include: Bun Foo in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Juror # 7 in The Twelve, Helena in A Mid Summers Nights Dream, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the many zany characters she portrayed in her sketch troupe, Out of Line. Kristine is thrilled to be a part of her first KCP production.
Bryan Johnstone - Ensemble
Bryan has a great love for theatre and is happy to be a part of the KCP family. He is very happy to be able to share this love with his wife and kids. Bryan has been active with KCP, doing everything from performing, set design and costumes. This is the second KCP show Bryan has performed in and will certainly not be his last. When he is not performing for KCP he is sharing the love of theatre with his family at home by singing and performing on their homemade stage in their basement.
Mariah Johnstone - Ensemble
Mariah has a love for theatre that extends to many areas of her life. She feels blessed to have a husband and kids that love theatre as much as she does. The stage they built in their basement provides countless hours of family and friend fun. This is the second KCP show Mariah has performed in. She enjoys building sets and creating costumes for KCP. Mariah is currently enjoying directing the school play that her and her daughter wrote together and building the sets in her wood shop classroom.
Susan Jones - Ensemble
Susan participated in many productions in high school and later with The Teachers’ Music Theatre Workshop. Favourable circumstances have given her the chance to resume her involvement in community theatre. Being a fashionista, she enjoys the numerous costume changes for this ensemble role. “It’s like being a model as well, except for the sideburns of course, but the Pat Benatar appearance makes up for it.” Susan would like to thank her mother for strongly encouraging those piano lessons.
Betty Kelly - Grandma Rosie
Betty has been involved with community theatre for the past 25 years working on stage, backstage, stage management, producing, and anything else. After moving to Barrie in 2011 she was cast in Spamalot followed by many others. Betty is delighted to be part of The Wedding Singer and hopes you enjoy the show.
Aaron Maynard - Robbie Hart
Aaron is thrilled to be part of KCPs production of The Wedding Singer. Based on one of his all-time favourite comedies, Aaron’s portrayal of Robbie Hart marks his fifth time performing with the company. While not hitting the stage with unabashed chutzpah, Aaron can usually be found soaking up the sun with his wife and three daughters, as well as delivering your Purolator with great determination and vigor. So, feel the groove and whoop it right on up for this amazing cast.
Bob McEwen - Ensemble
After many years of community theatre and cabarets in Muskoka, Bob moved to Barrie and is now in his fifth show with KCP. This production of The Wedding Singer is his first comedy and it’s a good one! Another great cast, great music and great Directors. If the audience has half as much fun as the cast has had putting it together, they’ll go home happy. Enjoy the show!
Rob Smith - Glen Guglia
Rob fell in love with musical theatre three years ago and has never looked back since! This is Rob’s fourth production and his second show with KCP. He is a father foremost; married to a wonderful supporting wife and has two talented young daughters at home where daily life is often like a real live musical! Rob is thankful to be a part of such a fun, talented cast this year!
Pam Sparrow - Holly
Pam is happy to be back on stage after a five-year hiatus. Personal highlights include: The Rocky Horror Picture Show and RENT with The Loft. 9 to 5, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee and Into the Woods with KCP. What a great experience to work with old and new friends. Thanks to Janet, Chris, Lianne for all your hard work, and David, friends, and family who come out to support the production. Hold onto your parachute pants and enjoy the show!
Kelsey Stanczyk - Linda
Kelsey is new to town and is thrilled to be a part of her first KCP show. The lovely cast has given her absolutely no cause for hesitation and made her feel AWESOME about her return to theatre. Enjoy the show!
Marshall Woodcock - Ensemble
Marshall’s love for musical theatre began at age seven. His first appearance in a KCP show was as Braid Beard in How I Became a Pirate. Some of his favourite roles include Babkak (Aladdin), the Artful Dodger (Oliver!), Mr. Smee (Peter Pan), and Steve (RENT). This year he was the Set Construction Lead for Aladdin Jr. and is also a part of the production team for this show. This is Marshall’s eighth show with KCP and he is thrilled to be back on stage and behind the scenes running sound. Enjoy the show!
Venue – Ferndale Banquet Hall
Ferndale Banquet Hall
24 Ferndale Industrial Dr.