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Tidewater Players ends its 2010-11 season with the musical comedy, “The Wedding Singer.”

A zany tale of love and marriage set in the 1980s, the story focuses on New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer, Robbie Hart. He’s so popular because he and his band, Simply Wed, create an atmosphere of happiness on a highly emotional day for each bride and groom. In his opening number, “It’s Your Wedding Day,” Robbie sings, “Yeah, when it’s your wedding day, All the problems melt away, If you count on me, ‘Cause love is what I do.” If only Robbie’s own love life were so blessed.

“The Wedding Singer” runs upstairs at 121 N. Union Ave. in Havre de Grace through May 22. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. All seats are $15. Call 410-939-TIDE (8433) or visit http://www.tidewaterplayers.com. Director Laurie Starkey advises that the show is meant for mature audiences.

This show includes romance both on and off the stage. Dickie Mahoney plays Robbie, who falls in love with Julia, played by his real-life bride, Stephanie.

“We started dating in ‘Blood Brothers’ [Tidewater Players, 2009],” she recalled. “We were in ‘Jesus Christ, Superstar’ and ‘Seussical, the Musical’ together at Phoenix Festival Theater.”

The casting and plot of “The Wedding Singer” bring back memories for the newlywed.

“This is bittersweet because last year at this time, at the closing show of ‘The 29th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ at Tidewater,’ he proposed to me onstage. We were married Dec. 11, 2010,” said Stephanie, who teaches kindergarten in Baltimore County. “We do get to spend time together, and that’s always good.”

The script calls for Robbie to be dumped by his fiancée, Linda, played by Elizabeth Galley of Havre de Grace. Demoralized, he vows not to sing at any more weddings. Julia talks him into helping out with her wedding to Glen, a Wall Street slicker. The audience, sensing that Glen and Julia are not meant for each other, secretly begin to root for a Robbie-Julia match.

“Glen is the ‘heavy’ of the show,” said Mark Briner, who plays the role and is also the show’s costumer. “He’s Julia’s fiancé in the beginning. He’s a Wall Street type, money-hungry, overbearing and self-centered. Glen’s first priority is Glen. He will never meet Julia’s needs. He’s not a bad person, he’s just not a nice person.”

Stephanie’s real-life sister, Natalie Knox, plays Julia’s cousin, Holly, in the play.

A former love interest of Sammy, Robbie’s best friend and bass player in the band, she decides to pursue Robbie instead. She struts her stuff in the number, “Saturday Night in the City.”

Greg Bell, who played McMurphy in Tidewater’s March production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” plays Sammy. His real-life wife, Amy, plays Angie, Julia’s mom. The two, who met while performing in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in Washington, D.C., will celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary during the run of the play.

“It’s the first time we have had the opportunity in a long time to have some ‘alone time’ together,” he said, referring to their treks from Halethorpe to rehearse.

Look for some members of the cast to morph into celebrity impersonators in the second act of the show, which takes place in a Las Vegas wedding chapel.

Choreographer Dickie Mahoney lights a fire under the cast, which includes Robert Bupp, Matthew Call, Josh Collins, Carrie Dill, Tim Hartley (Billy Idol), Lizzy Jackson (Cyndi Lauper), Paula Smith (Tina Turner), Elise Starkey, Dawn Stevens, Rondy Vick (Mr. T) and Adam McDowell. Jake Bauer is the music director. Janet Dill earns more gold stars as the stage manager with the mostest.

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