What could be more fun than a wedding? How about being a fly on the wall behind the scenes at a wedding of two larger-than-life people and all the drama, fun and chaos that seems to happen? That’s the premise of Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, an “interactive/environmental” theatre piece written in 1988 and being presented by CGOA Stages.
Instead of watching a play in a traditional theatre, the audience attends the wedding of Tony Nunzio and Valentina Vitale, gets to meet their families and attends the post-wedding reception dinner. Like most weddings, there are touching moments, lots of unexpected drama, and lots of singing, toasting and family feuding.
Tony ‘n Tina’s wedding has been produced in hundreds of cities since its premiere in New York in 1988 and remains one of the most popular examples of environmental theatre ever created. Director Peter Tappert has an extensive background in improvisation and has been working with a large cast of over 20 actors to help them shape the sometimes stereotypical but always lovable characters. Although the play is largely unscripted there are many key moments that are part of every wedding. How they play out will be a little different at every performance.
Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding is the first production for CGOA Stages this season, which will also include the hit musical Mamma Mia, the murder-mystery comedy The 39 Steps, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved operetta, The Mikado.
Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding is being presented in the sanctuary and reception room at Riverside Community Church in Hood River. Performances begin at 6:30 PM on Friday and Saturdays, September 14,15,21,22,28,29 at 6:30 PM. Tickets include a catered reception dinner and are $35 adults, $30 for CGOA Members, $25 for Youth (ages 10-17) and $10 for kids under 10. Tickets are available at the door but audiences are encouraged to buy tickets in advance through gorgeorchestra.org.
Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French.