Date: July 22, 2010Contact: Eric Matanyi
Southland Area Theatre EnsembleGovernors State UniversityPhone: (708) 534-4044Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
GSU’s “The Wedding Singer” Stars Local Actors
University Park, Illinois, July 22, 2010 - A talented, youthful cast is putting the finishing touches on a high-voltage production of “The Wedding Singer,” this summer’s presentation by the Southland Area Theatre Ensemble (SLATE) at Governors State University.
“From start to finish, this is a show that’s filled with energy and enthusiasm,” said Charlie Lubeck of Homewood, who plays Robbie, the title character in this musical version of the 1998 hit movie. “It helps that we have such a young ensemble – some cast members are as young as high school sophomores – because this production features nearly non-stop singing and dancing.”
“The Wedding Singer” will be performed on Saturday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, August 1, at 2 p.m., Friday, August 6, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m. Performances will take place at The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University.
Mandi Corrao, of Mokena, plays Julia, a waitress who, like Robbie, is looking for love amid all the challenges to relationships in the 1980s.
“It’s a great show and anyone who loves to laugh should definitely come to see it,” said Corrao, a 2010 graduate of Lincoln-Way East High School. “The title and story line may be familiar but this show is special; the music, dance, and other small surprises that we add make it a completely unique experience.”
Thirty cast members from 20 communities, mostly in Chicago’s Southland, were chosen for The Wedding Singer following auditions in May. Lubeck and Corrao, like other cast members, are veterans of stage productions in their schools and local theatre companies.
Lubeck, of Flossmoor, appeared as Cinderella’s Prince in last year’s SLATE production, “Into the Woods”; a senior BFA major at the University of Illinois, he has appeared in productions of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Hamlet,” “Titanic: A new Musical,” and other plays.
Corrao, of Mokena, has appeared in shows such as “Songs for a New World,” “The Sound of Music,” and “Meet Me in St. Louis.” Starting this fall, she will be attending Illinois Wesleyan University, where she plans to major in vocal performance.
Tickets for “The Wedding Singer” are $21 and $18 for adults, and $19 and $16 for students. Tickets can be purchased on The Center for Performing Arts website at www.centertickets.net or by calling the box office at (708) 235-2222.
Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park. For more information about SLATE, visit www.slatetheatre.org.