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Geyer to stage 'The Wedding Singer'

| Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Rachel Basinger | For the Daily Courier
Members of the cast of 'The Wedding Singer' are Ben Pimental (drums) as Sammy and Marina Stefano (left) and Kourtney Polvinale.

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.

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