Manchester Valley High School heads back to the '80s with its spring musical, "The Wedding Singer."
"The Wedding Singer" features rock-star hopeful Robbie Heart. He's New Jersey's favorite wedding singer until his fiancee Linda leaves him at the altar. Heartbroken, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own - until he meets Julia, an admiring young waitress about to be married to a ruthless businessman. Now Robbie has to pull off the performance of his life or the girl he loves will belong to someone else.
"'The Wedding Singer' allows students to do something that we've really never done before - ROCK OUT. The show is a perfect blend of romance and comedy with a score that matches. The ballads are beautiful, the party music rocks and everything in between has us singing," director Bobbi Vinson wrote in an email.
Vinson speaks highly of the cast - seniors Kevin Sparks, Arcadia Ewell, Bethany Cox, David Klima and Julian Schoming, along with underclassmen Courtney Zeitler, Noah Maenner and Savanna Wright - saying that each performer leads with incredible talent and enthusiasm.
Kevin Sparks has the lead role of Robbie Heart. "He's a very relatable character, and it's a privilege to play someone who the vast majority of any audience can connect to. The responsibility of being a lead in our musical has taught me quite a few lessons in dedication, commitment and cooperation," he wrote in an email.
This will be Sparks' last time on the MVHS stage, as he will go to college in the fall to pursue a degree in musical theater. "I'll do my best not to tear up as I kiss the stage goodbye, and I'll be happy that I went there, rather than sad that I have to leave," he wrote.
Performances are on Fridays, March 21 and 28, and Saturdays, March 22 and 29, at 7 p.m.
Tickets available in advance or at the door. Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Tickets purchased at the door are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Group rates are available.
Seats can be reserved with advance ticket sales. Contact Vinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 410-386-1673 for more information.
The school is at 3300 Maple Grove Road, Manchester.
Team Hope, Trinity United Church of Christ's Relay for Life team, is hosting a pasta dinner at Dutch Corner Restaurant, 3154 Main St., Manchester, from 5 to 8 p.m. March 22.
Team Hope does fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Dinner will have a choice of chicken and broccoli Alfredo, spaghetti and meatballs or baked ziti, served with garlic bread, a petite dessert, and coffee or tea.
Tickets are $10 for dine-in or carryout and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Sue Myers at 443-375-6788.
Bull, oyster roast
The Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club will have a bull and oyster roast from 6 until 11 p.m. March 29 at the Lineboro fire company hall, 4224 Main St., Lineboro.
Dinner includes pit beef, pit ham, barbecued chicken, oyster stew, steamed oysters, oysters on the half-shell, sides and salads, dessert, beer and soda.
Dinner ends at 8 p.m., but the fun will continue with a deejay and dancing until 11 p.m.
In addition to the food and musical entertainment, there will be a 50/50 raffle and other games of chance.
Tickets are $35 per person. Children younger than 12 will be charged half-price.
Proceeds from this event go back to the community, in keeping with the Lions club motto: "We serve."
For more information or tickets, call Andy DeMario Sr. at 410-374-9177.