Having not particularly enjoyed the film, I have to admit that I wasn’t really looking forward to this year’s Summer Youth Project, The Wedding Singer – How wrong was I?
It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer. He’s the life and soul of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Distraught, Robbie heads in a downward spiral, thinking that he will never find the love of his life – envious of all the happy couples who he is singing for at their weddings, that is, until he meets waitress Julia who captures his heart – only problem is… Julia is due to marry Wall Street shark, Glen.
The Summer Youth Project takes The Wedding Singer, a mediocre film and turns it into a great stage musical. Wade Ablitt plays a fantastic Robbie Hart making the character really likeable – we were willing him to get his girl! Harriet Bacon is the only girl to have performed in all ten of the Summer Youth Project’s performances and the part of Julia could have been written for her – perfect casting.
In fact every member of the cast were superb, it’s hard to believe that they put the whole production together in just over a week, it could rival some professional shows. But a special mention must be made for Josh Talbot, another member of the cast that we have seen grow in confidence and maturity over the years – his portrayal of band member George was just brilliant, and he’s such a beautiful dancer, I feel the West End stage may well be calling in the future!
The Summer Youth Project, now celebrating their 10th anniversary, always put on a great performance, but this year they are outstanding! There is not a weak link amongst the young cast – some of which we have watched grow and mature into fine actors and actresses over the last ten years.So visit the Spa Pavillion Theatre this Summer and step back into the colourful decade that is the 1980s to enjoy a fantastic show, with a cast of stars of the future, all at a ticket price that won’t break the bank!
The Wedding Singer is at the Spa Pavillion Theatre, Felixstowe until Saturday 25th August. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01394 282126.
All pictures by Stevie Collins unless otherwise noted