It’ll be a night of excitement, romance and plenty of laughs when the Riverbend Players hit the stage March 15 for the production, ‘Four Weddings and an Elvis.
The romantic comedy written by Nancy Frick and directed by Jeff Slamal features a loveless wedding chapel owner in Las Vegas, who takes a trip down memory lane, recalling her four most memorable weddings in her chapel. The main character, Sandy, is portrayed by Nehalem’s own Sedona Torres, who has been performing with the Riverbend Players for 12 years.
“I’ve done theater for many years, it was actually part of my degree in college, so it’s fun to be a participant with the Riverbend Players and in the community,” Torres said. “Jeff contacted me about this role and when I heard that these guys (Riverbend Players) where going to be doing it, since I’ve worked with them before, I knew it would be good one.”
Torres plays a four-times married, three-times divorced owner of the chapel, who has witnessed a few hilarious weddings. The first is Bev and Stan, played by Patty Reksten and Tom Cocklin, who are getting married by John, an Elvis impersonator played by Michael Dinan as revenge on their exes. The second follows Vanessa and Bryce, played by Linda Makohon and Dave Bell, two arrogant aging stars who are tying the knot as a publicity ploy, and are vexed by Lou, an aging Elvis, who doesn’t know who they are.
The third is between Marvin and Fiona played by Patrick Dennis and Margo McClellan, a gentle postal-worker and a tough ex-con who are trying to get married before the police arrive. Adding to the excitement, Fiona’s jagged ex-boyfriend ‘Fist,’ played by Mike Sims, tries to break up their romance at the last minute. And as for the fourth wedding, well you’ll just have to wait and see what surprises are in store in the hilarious twist at the end.
“It’s a good play to come and see because there are a lot of surprises in it,” Torres said. “It’s definitely not a predictable play.”
Torres said her character has been a fun one to play because she is a very ‘jaded and sarcastic person, but also a romantic.’
“It’s been fun working with a great cast of people and obviously this is a very farcical play, but that makes it really good for the people here who have been casted,” Torres said.
But as the main character of the play, Torres said it also has its challenges as well.
“I have the most lines because I’m the only one who is kind of a constant throughout the whole play,” Torres said. “But my role is more of a passive role because most of the time, I’m not talking about myself, I’m more prompting them to talk by asking questions, so it’s actually a little difficult to stay in my role while they are doing their various monologues.”
Dates of performances are slated for March 15, 16, 23 at 7 p.m. and March 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. at the NCRD Performing Arts Center, 36155 Ninth Street in Nehalem.
Tickets are available at tickettomato.com for $14 (includes fees) or $17 at the door. This play is for mature audiences.
As an experienced actress, performing at the NCRD throughout the years, Torres said the theater brings a much needed source of entertainment to their small community.
“Theater has always been a good vehicle for bringing communities together,” Torres said. “It brings a form of entertainment by making things light hearted and if there are hard times going on in the world, it’s a way to lighten things up and bring people together. Aside from bringing the audience together, it also brings the cast together so it’s kind of like this network of people.”