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Gahanna Lincoln High School to present 'Father of the Bride'

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Gahanna Lincoln High School theater students (from left) Jacob Lisek, Carly Haberman, Tara Smith, Cameron Becker and Matthew Gregory rehearse a scene for their performance of "The Father of the Bride" on Oct. 29.

Gahanna Lincoln High School's theatre students will present playwright Caroline Francke's Father of the Bride at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8-10 at the high school, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

Director Cindi Macioci said the fall show was chosen to challenge students, both on stage and backstage.

"We haven't done a three-act show since 2008, when we opened with Life With Father," she said. "It is important for young actors to learn there is more to comedy than what they see on Saturday Night Live. They need to learn how to play and, more importantly, sustain the through-line (theme from beginning to end) of a three-act show."

Macioci said Father of the Bride would allow students an opportunity to explore pace and rhythm of a comedic piece.

"We felt Father of the Bride was a good fit for us," she added.

Based on the novel by Edward Streeter, the show will take the audience through the chaos of a family's preparation of their daughter's wedding.

"We have taken the playwright's suggestion and added a few roles, so the show does involve many students," Macioci said. "Between those on stage and those working behind the scenes, we have approximately 60 students involved with this production. That is a fairly large group for a fall production."

She said audiences would be able to identify with several tender "life moments" during the show.

"This cast is a very hard-working, very giving group of people," Macioci said. "They are led by a committed group of upperclassmen who take their jobs very seriously. They do have a lot of fun exploring characters in the rehearsal process, but they also realize that there is a level of professionalism that needs to be maintained in order for the show to be successful."

The cast includes: Mr. Banks, played by Jacob Lisek; Mrs. Banks, Tara Smith; Kay Banks, Carly Haberman; Ben Banks, Alex Dilgard; Tommy Banks, Matthew Gregory; Buckley Dunstan, Cameron Becker; Buzz Taylor, Summit Rosenberg; Peggy Swift, Amanda Weiss; Delilah, Sydni Randle; Miss Bellamy, Erika Gellner; Mrs. Massoula, Bre Moser; Mrs. Pulitzki, Haley Bockrath; Joe, Danny Radomski; Red, Jonathan LaBorde; Pete, Alvaro Pareja; and Tim's Man, Adam King.

The wedding movers, planners, decorators and assistants will be played by Morrisa Cohen, Emily Demjanenko, Erin Donohue, Allie Earl, Josh Gregory, Morgan Jones, Abby Leppert, Michael McMasters, Cara Monico, Hannah Rossio, Christian Schaefer, Sana Selemon and Carly Whipple.

All tickets cost $10. They will go sale on Monday, Nov. 5, in the front office at the high school during school hours and at lunch.

Tickets also will be available at the box office at 7 p.m. each night of the performance.