Father of the Bride

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Don Gingold / Friday, February 17, 2017 / Categories: Past Shows

Father of the Bride

July 7-9, Naperville Central HS Auditorium

Event date: 7/7/2017 8:30 PM - 7/9/2017 4:00 PM Export event
Father of the Bride

Author: Caroline Francke 

Father of the Bride is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

This very funny comedy began as a novel by Edward Streeter and became a film starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Steve Martin and Diane Keaton did a reboot of the story, but we're performing the original. 

The Father of the Bride is Mr. Banks, whose daughter Kay suddenly drops the news that she is engaged. Of course, the whole family agrees it will be a simple, small, modest wedding. But Mrs. Banks is sure she can sneak in just a few more of her friends. The oldest son, Ben, is sure no one will mind if he invites a few people. Even little Tommy Banks wonders why he doesn't have a say in who can come. Before long, the "small" wedding has gotten completely out of control, causing no shortage of hilarious consequences for poor Mr. Banks.

The ups and downs of planning a modern wedding have never been funnier as they are captured by Streeter.


Directed by David Belew. Produced by Susan Vulich.


Only 4 chances to see this comedy classic: 

  • Friday, July 7, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, July 8, 7:30pm and a special 2:00pm matinee
  • Sunday, July 9, 3:00pm


Get Your Tickets now!


Cast of Characters

Andrew Pond
as Mr. Banks, the father of the bride

Andrew is a founding member of Eclectic Full Contact Theatre, has appeared in Eclectic productions of The Seagull, A Christmas Carol, Moon Over Buffalo, Take Me Out, Music From a Sparkling Planet, Complete Works of William Shakespeare(Abridged), and Laughter on the 23rd Floor, works as an actor/director/playwright with several children’s theatres, teaches drama and stage combat classes, and has an eclectic grab bag of skills too numerous to mention here. Thanks, as always, to Jessica.

Jessica Fisher
as Mrs. Banks, Mr. Banks' wife and the mother of the bride

Paige Kennedy
as Kay Banks, the bride

Paige Kennedy is thrilled to be a part of her second show with Summer Place Theatre! You may have seen her last summer as Zaneeta Shinn in Summer Place Theatre’s production of “The Music Man.” In the fall, she will be a junior at Taylor University, studying Music Education (choral) and Theatre Arts. A few of her favorite past shows have been Oklahoma! (Ado Annie), Gianni Schicchi (La Ciesca), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Rosa Bud/Deirdre Peregrine), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator). Paige would love to thank her absolutely wonderful parents for the unfailing love and support! Enjoy the show!

Brendan McInturff
as Buckley Dunstan, the groom

Brendan is thrilled to be back at Summer Place, where he was previously seen in William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead. He would like to thank his directors, cast, and crew for this opportunity and his family and friends for their continued support. Enjoy the show!

Matthew Schufreider
as Ben Banks, the oldest Banks son

Matthew is excited to be in his first show with Summer Place Theatre. He has performed shows in Woodstock, Waukegan, and Chicago. He thanks David for casting him in this beloved show and the cast for making the memories that he will cherish for a lifetime. He also wants to thank his parents for their continued support and for making the drive up from Grayslake! Matthew studies acting and education at Columbia College Chicago.

Brady Cotler
as Tommy Banks, the youngest Banks son

Brady is very excited to be in his first summer show with Summer Place Theatre. His first show was The Velveteen Rabbit, in which he was the lead at only 8 years old. He's done several shows, including Joseph, Secret Garden, Aladdin Jr, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, and Aida. Brady wants to thank the cast and director for being so kind and accepting. He wants to give credit to God for the abilities and talents he has been given. Thank you family, for your support, as always!

Briana Reidy
as Delilah, the Banks' maid

Briana is excited to be performing in her first Summer Place Theatre show. She graduated from Lewis University with a minor in Theatre. A few of the recent roles she has played are Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park and Leontine in The Triumph of Love. Outside of theatre, she loves spending time with friends and enjoying all that life gives her! She wants to thank her family and friends for supporting her in all that she does!

Chelsea Smith
as Miss Bellamy, Mr. Banks' secretary

Chelsea is thrilled to be performing in her first production at Summer Place Theatre. She recently worked as an assistant stage manager for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. When she is not at rehearsal, Chelsea attends Illinois State University where she performs with The Improv Mafia. Chelsea would like to thank Summer Place for their incredible opportunities, her family and close friends for their love, and Stephanie and Dan for handling many Miss Bellamy-style meltdowns. Enjoy the show!

Megan Conrad
as Peggy Swift, Ben's girlfriend

Megan Conrad has been involved with Summer Place for the past two years and this is her third show with the company. She has been in many other plays such as The Good Doctor, The Little Prince, The Snow Queen, 12 Angry Jurors, and Sleeping Beauty. She is very excited to be playing Peggy in this production.

Markos Smith
as Buzz Taylor, Tommy's best friend

Markos is thrilled to be taking part in his 5th show with Summer Place, and was must recently a swing in this season’s “Spelling Bee”. Outside of musical theatre, he enjoys singing and playing football. He would like to take a moment to thank his two parents who’ve been so supportive of him and all his endeavors.

Allison Clymes
as Miss Massoula, the wedding planner

Allison goes to Oklahoma State University majoring in apparel merchandising. She graduated Neuqua Valley High School last and has starred in shows including 12 Angry Men and Funny Money.

Daniel Mitoraj
as Joe

Ali Smith
as Mrs. Pulitzki

Ali Smith is extremely excited to be in her first production with Summer Place. She has been involved in 9 shows including Figments, Beauty and the Beast, She Stoops to Conquer, and Rumors. She is a current student at Waubonsee Community College and has been involved in theatre for as long as she can remember. She is pleased to play a part in this production and collaborate with many wonderful and hilarious people.

Mike Gebhardt
as Red

Although active in Toastmasters, this is his first stage role - ever! Mike is married 31 years and a father of three from Carol Stream. Masters athlete in Track & Field and Olympic Weightlifting (2 time Pan American champion). He enjoys writing poetry and playing classical guitar. Thankful to Summer Place for this opportunity.

Greg Millen
as Pete

Greg Millen lives in Yorkville with his wife, Rosie and has 3 great kids. He has been a kitchen designer for over 30 years. He has absolutely no theatre experience. Greg is motivated by things that scare him and being in a play was on his bucket list. Although just an extra, the amazing talented and experienced actors/artists and support staff have made him feel like a welcomed addition. Word of advice - tackle the little things in life that scare you and the big things become attainable. Give it a try. Thank you for this opportunity.

Larry Lipskie
as Tim's Man

Larry has been acting in Summer Place shows regularly since 1981 and is an SPT lifetime member. He last appeared in "Spamalot". In another life, he teaches mathematics at the College of DuPage.

Only 4 chances to see this comedy classic: 

  • Friday, July 7, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, July 8, 7:30pm and a special 2:00pm matinee
  • Sunday, July 9, 3:00pm


Tickets start at $10. Save money with a Season Ticket and see all 3 great shows!   Get Your Tickets.


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