Geyer to stage 'The Wedding Singer'
A young and talented cast will grace the stage of the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale to bring “The Wedding Singer” to life.
The show follows lead character Robbie, a wedding singer, who gets dumped at the altar and soon goes into a deep depression.
He works through his issues with the help of a friend, Julia, who is a waitress for a wedding caterer.
It isn't long before he realizes that he's in love with Julia, but she is engaged to someone else.
The show will be the directorial debut for Jon Rohlf, a Brownsville native and familiar face at the Geyer. He recently took the stage as Scarecrow for the “Wizard of Oz” production.
Rohlf, who has been acting and involved with the theater since he was about 5 years old, will be entering his senior year at Point Park University as a musical theater major.
He had originally planned to make his director's debut with “West Side Story,” but it was easier to obtain the rights for “The Wedding Singer” and his mom, Tricia Rohlf, had just directed the show for Brownsville High School this spring.
“I wanted it to be something that could be done simply with a focus on the performance,” Jon Rohlf said. “With my mom recently directing this show, she has been able to help me with ideas for the sets and costumes.”
He added that the show is also one he can relate to.
But it hasn't been without its challenges.
“The biggest challenge is just trying to implement the concept of a show that is poetically done rather than artistically done,” Jon Rohlf said. “I'm trying to make it like a rock concert of sorts. It's really going to be something different.”
In fact, the orchestra will not be in the pit, but rather, will be on stage as the band of the wedding singer.
As for working with a young cast, he said it's refreshing to work with people who still have that initial hunger for theater and who add their own creativity.
“I think we have a mutual respect for each other,” he said. “Coming from where I've come from, it's astounding how rural Pennsylvania is different from Pittsburgh, so it's cool to fill the void and give these young people the opportunity to do what they love.”
Jon Rohlf said the audience will enjoy the musical numbers, choreographed by Sara Inks of Albert Gallatin, that are fun and high energy.
“I think it will appeal to a large audience,” he said.
As for it being his first show as a director, he said he feels good about it.
“I enjoy the acting part of it, but this has been really refreshing,” Jon Rohlf said. “I feel at home doing this.”
The show is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, with a start time of 7:30 p.m. for the performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and a start time of 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased ahead of time by visiting the theater's website at www.geyerpac.com, by stopping in at the theater during the day or by calling the theater at 724-887-0887.
There is a “dinner and a show” option, where the theater teams up with Miss Martha's Tea Room, located just up the street. For more information on this, call the theater or the tea room at 724-887-6574.
Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer for the Daily Courier.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Youthful actors bring Disney classic ‘Tarzan’ to life at Geyer in Scottdale
- Jewish congregations dwindling, forced to mull viability of worship sites
- Hempfield woman donates music inspired by WWI ‘doughnut girls’
- Former Jeannette coach held for trial on charges of assault on teen girls
- Hempfield woman seriously injured in crash
- Facelift approved for historic La Rose building in Greensburg
- Group takes veterans, seniors in WWII-era planes at Unity airport
- Purple Heart recipient Krinock to lead July Fourth parade in Latrobe
- State Supreme Court rejects latest Foxley Farm appeal in Ligonier Township dispute
- Urgent care center planned in Donegal Township
- Rival Westmoreland vape shops develop own specialties