Laura Green ’18
The Leading Ladies put on their Spring show “The Wedding Singer” on April 14, 15 and 16 in Davis Ballroom. I sat down with the director Deidre Lightman ’17J and lead Emily Joyce ’19 to talk about the process of putting on the show. The next day, I spoke with the other lead, Faith Flowers ’19, about her role as Julia and passion for theatre.
Why “The Wedding Singer?” How was it chosen and why did you choose to be a part of it?
Deidre Lightman: I proposed this show because my high school did it. I actually did not know it was a movie when I pitched it! Then people said, “Oh, right! The Adam Sandler movie!” and I was thinking, “What are you talking about?” I’ve now seen it, but I still maintain that the stage show is better! I really liked how loud and cheesy and colorful it is.
How did you adapt “The Wedding Singer” to fit a women’s college setting, in terms of cast and audience?
DL: We made a good number of changes to the script. Anything we found in poor taste was cut or adjusted. One of the roles in the original we changed to a female character, so there are additional women-women relationships that didn’t exist.
Emily, what do you like best about playing Robbie Hart?
Emily Joyce: Basically, he sings at weddings as the lead singer of Simply Wed. Then, suddenly, everything goes wrong. His fiancé leaves him. He has to figure out how to find himself again. And he falls in love again because what’s a musical without a cheesy romantic subplot?
DL: Or several cheesy romantic subplots.
EJ: I really like playing strong male characters because it’s not something you really get a chance to do outside of Leading Ladies. I also think it’s really fun to play that cheesy goofy fun-loving guy. I also get to wear a suit.
What were the biggest challenges involved in putting together this show?
DL: There are so many challenges putting on every single show. With every show we do, it’s just a matter of waiting for things to go wrong, it feels like. There’s always something. And budgeting is a constant concern, so everything is made out of duct tape and cardboard and a whole lot of heart.
EJ: I had to understand the limitations of the org. We have a shoe string, a paper clip, a piece of pocket lint to build the show.
What has been your favorite part about being part of “The Wedding Singer?”
EJ: I get really emotional talking about this! I really like all the people I’ve met. Everyone is really great. I’ve never worked with a group that is so supportive of each other and is so consistently there for one another. That’s been my number one favorite thing about this experience.
DL: In this org, I’ve done conceivably everything except directing, prior to now. As a director, I love that people care so much, and they’re willing to do the things I ask them to do, even though it’s not for a grade. They’re using their free time to do this. I have a really great case and crew!
What do you like about Leading Ladies?
Faith Flowers: The inclusion. The people are super nice. We have so much fun during rehearsal. Is it high stakes? Yeah. Do we have stress? Yes. But at the end of the day, they’re some of the closest friends I’ve made.
What has been your favorite part about being part of this process?
FF: There are so many! I’ve really liked learning the dances. Each one has a story. I find myself randomly doing the dances while I’m in the shower or brushing my teeth. It helps me release some stress!
What do you enjoy about playing Julia?
FF: I’ve never played a lead role before. It’s definitely been a change. I can understand her character a lot. I can understand her energy and her wistfulness and her desire to be more than she what she is right now. She’s trying to make her life better and make people happy at the same time.
What do you love about theatre?
FF: I just love it! I like the singing and the dancing and the acting! I like being able to over exaggerate. I like that you can become someone you don’t usually get to be. You can show yourself in a different light. I’m kind of shy, but I don’t feel shy onstage because I don’t feel like me, I feel like my character.
What’s been the biggest challenge of putting on this show?
FF: We’ve been getting sick and injured a lot! It created a lot of stress over whether we would be ready to do the show in time and do it full out 100 percent. I also sprained my ankle yesterday! But I’m fine now; I’m a quick healer.
Are you going to continue on in Leading Ladies?
Definitely! As long as I’m here.