A hit film is being given a stage makeover this weekend.
South Tyneside Academy of Musical Performance (STAMP) are taking on the theatrical version of Adam Sandler’s film The Wedding Singer.
The talented youngsters are putting on the show at Brinkburn Community Association, in Harton Lane, South Shields, on Friday and Saturday.
Based on the 1998 film, which starred Sandler opposite Drew Barrymore, it follows wedding singer Robbie Hart who is trying to recover after being left at the alter by his fiancee Linda.
He strikes up a friendship with waitress Julia, who has been engaged to Glen for years, and a will-they-won’t-they tussle ensues.
Christopher Perry, who formed STAMP with his dad, Terence, Richard Ludlow, and Colin Bourdiec eight years ago, said: “We decided to do the show as it’s something different and quite a challenging piece, the songs are hilarious and the story is a little more adult, which is just right for the age group we teach. We also wanted something that pushed our young people a little further, the dances are more difficult, as is the text and the vocals.
“The show is coming together nicely, it’s there now and we’re just ready and waiting to show it to an audience.”
He added: “People can expect to laugh and fall in love with our main characters, Robbie, played by 17-year-old Daniel Shilling and Julia, played by Nicola Stimpson, who’s 21, and the songs from the hilarious number Somebody Kill Me and Come Out of The Dumpster to the romantic and heartbreaking number Not to Know, the audience are taken on a rollercoaster that has them rooting for Robbie the whole way through.
“Fans of the film will love it, it’s very similar. There are a few changes that have taken place as with any film that adapted for the stage, but the story is the same and anyone that hasn’t seen the film will still completely enjoy it, as the cast deliver the story perfectly.”
Tickets for the show, which starts at 7pm each night, cost £6 for adults and £4 for children. To book, go to www.st-amp.co.uk/boxoffice or call 0191 300 3083.