LP’s spring musical released this week

Riley Ellison, Staff Writer

April showers bring… musicals? That’s right, it’s time for Lake Park’s annual musical, which this year is The Wedding Singer, a story about Robbie Hart, a rock-star-wannabe turned wedding singer who falls in love with a waitress, Julia. But Julia is currently engaged to Glen, a Wall Street broker. Will Julia marry Glen, or will Robbie win her heart? Come to the performances on April 25, April 26, and April 27, at 7:00 p.m., or April 28, at 2 p.m.

But how do these musicals come to be? Well, it turns out it takes a giant cast and crew, four months of rehearsals, two musical directors, two choreographers, and one director.

Erik Uppling, the director, says “I am so lucky to have Ms. Browski, Ms. Severino, Mr. Baker, Mr. Moon and Mr. Lehman.  This show would be nothing without them. Through collaborating, we come to a common vision of what we want this show to look like, sound like, feel like.”

A typical rehearsal includes about five minutes of being greeted by an overwhelmingly supportive cast, and then we warm up our voices for about 20 minutes or so, said Christina Rose, who plays Julia. “After that, we usually start running the show from the beginning of either Act One or Act Two, depending on the day.”  

As Uppling said, “There are many moving parts to a musical production. Finding a good, solid balance is the key.” 

Being a lead for a musical must be scary, right? As Christina Rose says,  “Honestly, the scariest thing about being a lead is the fact that you know that everyone is looking up to you so you have to be a good person and have a good attitude no matter what your emotional status is, but it definitely pays off once you get to see the show come together. You also have a sense of pride in seeing everyone else coming together and showing off what they have.”

While producing a musical takes a lot of hard work and dedication from everyone, it is also a very rewarding experience. As Mr. Uppling says to this dedicated and talented cast, “I couldn’t be more proud of you. You have all made this production special for me – one that I will never forget.”

The Wedding Singer seems that it will be both a great experience for the cast and the audience that comes to see this musical tale of finding your true love.