Audience will be part of a wedding gone very wrong

Published 12:00pm Sunday, May 26, 2013

For those who love a good wedding and also enjoy community theater – especially comedy – the Wetumpka Depot Players’ upcoming production will fit the bill, and then some.
“The Wedding from Hell” will debut Thursday and audience members will be involved in the farce – taking on the role of guests at a wedding gone very wrong.
The ceremony and reception of Miss Sunny Miller and Mr. Langoustine Light III (the Miller-Light nuptials) are the setting for a hilarious show, complete with camouflage bridesmaids’ dresses, a wedding cake made of Twinkies, an Elvis impersonator and a “Bridezilla” cast of ­characters.
The script is original to the Depot Theatre, written by Tom Salter, Mary Katherine Moore and Depot Executive Director Kristy Meanor in 2009.
“It started as a simple fund­raising event and it’s now a published script,” said Meanor.
“The Wedding from Hell” broke the Depot’s box office records when it first debuted in Wetumpka, and was invited for a limited run on the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Stage. The show also traveled to Alexander City and during that time returned to the Depot for a handful of performances.
“We’re bringing it back in celebration of the script being published by Damselfly Publications,” said Meanor. “It has already been picked up for production by a community theatre in Texas. All royalties collected will benefit future Depot Players’ programs.”
Meanor said the play was originally inspired by a wedding at which she played piano several years ago.
“I knew there was really a fun script in all the wedding business that sometimes included barefooted bridesmaids running around, unruly guests and sometimes inappropriate music ­choices,” she said. “Southern weddings can be the ultimate theatrical ­experience.
“I asked Tom and Mary Katherine to help me put together a piece that would utilize the talents of our acting company members, and the rest is history.”
The wedding is filled with interruptions and surprises such as poor song selection for the ceremony, an Elvis impersonator who saves the day and a reception that will incorporate the actors mingling with the audience at intermission.
And, although the bride and groom have their own issues, they are likely the most normal characters in a cast boasting assorted colorful and boisterous personalities.
“In fact, the cast of characters is so colorful that one former audience member said he wasn’t sure if he was watching a play or a live documentary about his own family,” said Meanor.
Show dates are May 30-June 1 and June 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. and June 2 at 2 p.m. at the Wetumpka Depot Theatre. Tickets are $15 each. For reservations or information, call 334-868-1440 or visit
The show is directed by Tom Salter.

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