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Missouri Western’s theatre department has taken on many big productions throughout the years. “The Producers,” “Urinetown” and “Godspell” are just a few of the big musicals to hit Potter Hall’s stage, and for the Spring 2017 season, they are tackling the 80s in their production of “The Wedding Singer.”

The musical debuted on Broadway in 2006 and is based on the hit 1998 Adam Sandler movie of the same name. The story revolves around Robbie Hart, an entertaining wedding singer who gets left at the alter by his fiancé. Devastated and humiliated, he is befriended by a waitress, Julia, who works at a reception hall where he regularly performs. She enlists his help to plan her wedding, but things become confusing when he begins to fall in love with her. The production is largely a comedy with a few serious moments mixed in. Cast member Cecilia Tackett, who plays Linda, hopes that after the last few more serious productions, this one will be a straightforward good time.

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“It’s a very fun show set in the 80s – it’s a really fun experience to go through,” Tackett said. “Everybody in the show is having a great time with it. The whole entire cast is becoming a big family.”

The cast is ready and the show is drawing near. However, it took a lot of work to get there. Cast members had rehearsals from 7:00-10:00 p.m., five days a week, learning the choreography, lines and music of the production. While it is a lot of work, cast member Raven Reed, who plays Holly, says it’s rewarding.

“It’s challenging, it’s fast, it’s upbeat, it’s not really repetitive,” Reed said. “The choreography was awesomely intense. It was like ‘dang, this is cool, this is awesome.'”

They reserved up to four rooms every night in Potter for the different aspects of the production like vocals. Cast members would rotate, learning their different parts and working on schoolwork. When one considers other parts of the production like set design and costumes, there is a lot that goes into it.

The show opens on April 21 and runs through the 23, and then it runs again the next weekend on the 28-29. You can purchase advance tickets by going online to or by heading to the box office in Potter Hall. This is a show that you don’t want to miss.

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The Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Competition Is A Fun Take On Bridal Couture


Beauty vloggers aren't the only ones to get inventive with basic household items like bottle caps or kitchen sponges, which were used as an eyeshadow guide and a DIY beautyblender, respectively. Budding designers and brides-on-a-budget can get creative via the Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest. Wait… what?

That's right — bridal toilet paper couture is a thing, at least with this contest, which is officially "The 13th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest Presented by Cheap Chic Weddings and Quilted Northern."

Judging from the pics I've seen of past entries, you really can craft a stunning and wearable dress from this unconventional material.

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Those with designer ambitions and/or frugal brides are challenged to create an on-trend wedding dress and accompanying head piece. The caveat? The only tools that can be utilized to create the gown are toilet paper, glue, tape, needles, and thread, according to the press release received by Bustle.

Contest sponsor Quilted Northern, which is like the Taj Mahal of TP, recommends the Ultra Plush or Ultra Soft & Strong varietals. The brand is even offering coupons upon request to offset some of the costs! You can email to grab that discount.

This contest reminds of the fantastic Mychael Knight from an early season of Project Runway. He created a gorgeous white frock from coffee filters. If they had like-to-buy options back then, I'd have nabbed it on the spot. It was that good.

Toilet paper is a pretty delicate, uh, fabric. So creating a walk-down-the-aisle-worthy wedding dress using the material has to be tough. But imagine how whimsical and light-hearted it can be.

Here are the rules. Basically, you plan your design according to the stipulations stated above. Make the dress on a model or mannequin. The dress must be able to be worn by a living, breathing human. Take front, back, and side photos in well-lit conditions. Do not alter them.

Contestants have until 11 p.m. ET on June 5 to submit those photos — there is no entry fee.

Online public voting determines the winner of this couture contest. The grand prize is $10,000. Second place nabs $5000 and third place grabs $2500.

The finale is set for July 20 in NYC, where a panel of experts will select the winning toilet paper creation.

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I've Been Married 11 Years and This Is What I Remember About My Wedding Day


"If you see me shed a tear tonight, it's because they handed me the bill." Those were my father's closing words at my wedding nearly 11 years ago. That night was 15 months in the making. My mother and I pined over menus, flowers, cakes, and decorations. We wanted every detail to be etched into my husband's and my brain for as long as we both shall live. Four kids later, I don't remember any of that stuff.

For the most important day of my life, I chose a designer dress from a local boutique. It was beaded and gorgeous. I wore the dress for a total of six hours. Yes, less than your average workday. My dream frock ended up costing several hundred dollars an hour. Today, it is sitting in a Space Bag in my basement among Christmas decorations, old CDs, and baby clothes that I can't seem to part with. I have been busy this last decade and haven't had the time to get it preserved. Here's hoping my sewer line never backs up.

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Even though I was terrified that I might drop something on my beautiful white gown, I was hell bent on having a meal that my guests would be talking about for years to come. My mother and I tasted several types of cuisine and put together the perfect menu. We started with a salad and then, hmm, might have been Prime rib, could have been White Castle. I have no idea. I may just put out a Facebook poll for my 200 wedding guests and see what they remember chewing on that night. Although I do remember devouring an overpriced chocolate bar out of the minifridge in our honeymoon suite later that night because I was starving.

The cake was big and it was white, but I never had any of it. There would be none of that cake-smashing nonsense messing up my hair and makeup. There was, however, a for-the-wedding-album-only picture taken before the cake was whisked away. It was cut in the kitchen and never made its way back to me. Several bakeries, tastings, and endless selections were for naught. They could have thrown me a flapjack that night and I would have been thrilled.

My mother and I visited dozens of bars, clubs, and music venues to see the best local wedding bands. I wanted a male vocalist and musicians who could play a variety of music. After months of listening to every group in the city, we chose the perfect band and paid them a ton of money. We even recommended them to family and friends and anyone who would listen. I swore that I would follow them to every casino and club in the bistate area for the next 20 years. If you offered me £1 million and 30 seconds to tell you the band's name right now, I'd be walking off with the £3 I have in my wallet.

As a little girl I spent hours looking at my parents' wedding album. There was feathered hair, pleated polyester, and more than one ruffled shirt. I couldn't wait until I had an album of my own to spend hours reminiscing over. I am sure that I'll get around to looking at the album someday, when I can find it. I am pretty sure that it is in the secretary, but I haven't seen it since we moved two years ago. Maybe one day my kids will want to take a look, too. I'll have to somehow convert it to a digital slideshow to view on their iPads, though. Touching actual books is so beneath them.

My parents did everything they could to ensure that my husband and I, their only daughter, had the most amazing wedding experience. And I assure you, we did. But I don't remember the details from my wedding any more than I remember details from last Tuesday. I may not know what my shoes looked like, but I know that my parents worked their entire lives to make sure that I was wearing them. The cake may have never made it back to me, but the guests who got a slice were smiling and laughing and enjoying themselves.

That one day of your life is about so much more than the details. It's about the big picture. If you can reflect on your wedding day fondly, even if you don't have every minute memorised, that's OK. If you can look at your spouse lovingly and say, "You are the best decision I ever made," you are doing it right. And if you can start saving your pennies today for the biggest day of your own daughter's life, you will shed fewer tears when it finally arrives.

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