Four Weddings and an Elvis
by Nancy Frick
July 27, 28, 29, August 2, 3, 4, 5
The Playhouse at McConnellstown Boasts Wedding Fever with “Four Weddings and an Elvis”
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but The Playhouse at McConnellstown will make an exception as it presents the high-rolling comedy “Four Weddings and an Elvis,” opening July 27th.
Written by Nancy Frick, “Four Weddings and an Elvis” tells the story of Sandy, the four-times-married-three-times-divorced owner of a Las Vegas wedding chapel. In this hilarious and heart-warming romantic comedy, we witness four of her most memorable encounters.
In the first vignette, Bev and Stan seek revenge on their ex-spouses by going through a live-streamed wedding, which they intend for their exes to watch. The second wedding finds Bryce and Vanessa, two has-been actors, using their wedding as a publicity stunt. The third wedding features middle-aged postal worker Marvin and a tough ex-con named Fiona. Their plans are interrupted when Fiona’s last boyfriend, Fist, breaks out of jail to stop the wedding. Finally, we see Sandy walk down the aisle again—this time to the love of her life!
Stephanie Swan is Sandy, the chapel owner. Bev and Stan are played by Tara Lee Donahue and Kevin Donahue. Greg DeMetrick and Susan DeMetrick are Vanessa and Bryce. Jennifer Miller Powell and Rodger Weir are Fiona and Marvin. John/Elvis is played by William Renninger; Lou is played by Hunter McVey; and Fist is played by Kyle Williams.
“One would think that people who choose to get married are doing it for love,” commented Swan. “This play proves that people get married for all kinds of unusual reasons. In this case, we have couples getting hitched for revenge and publicity, and these situations create some very humorous moments onstage. One would also think that a Vegas wedding chapel ceremony is a simple affair, but the author has created some lively complications that yield hilarious results.”
Molly Weaverling is the production’s stage manager. Lighting is designed by Keith Sutton with technical production by Barbara Hughes. Set design is by Anita Burkhart and Don Dietz with sound design by Rick Brown.
“This show is about love and second chances…and third…and fourth…and fifth chances,” says Anita Burkhart, the production’s director.
“The play is funny and cute, and everyone is doing a fantastic job,” Swan continued. “It’s also amusing that we have two married couples acting in this show. I think this dynamic will make the production even more interesting from an audience standpoint. Plus, Elvis will be in the building!”
“Four Weddings and an Elvis” will continue on July 28th and August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee showings are July 29th and August 5th at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for regular admission and $13 for seniors (age 60 and older) and students (age 6 and older). For reservations call 814-627.0311. The Playhouse is located at 11680 Raystown Rd, Huntingdon, PA, five miles South of Huntingdon Borough on Rt. 26 in the Village of McConnellstown. For more information, please check the website at www.littletheater.com, like us on Facebook (The Playhouse at McConnellstown), or follow us on Twitter @LittleTheater.