In the story of “Father of the Bride,” Mr. Banks learns that one of the young men he has seen occasionally about the house is about to become his son-in-law. Daughter Kay announces the engagement out of nowhere. Mrs. Banks and her sons are happy, but Mr. Banks is in a dither. The groom-to-be, Buckley Dunstan, appears on the scene, and Mr. Banks realizes that the engagement is serious. Buckley and Kay don’t want a “big” wedding—just a simple affair with a few friends! We soon learn, however, that the “few” friends idea is out. Then trouble really begins. The guest list grows larger each day, a caterer is called in, florists, furniture movers and dressmakers take over, and the Banks household is soon caught in turmoil—not to mention growing debt. When Kay, in a fit of temper, calls off the wedding, everyone’s patience snaps. But all is set right, and the wedding (despite more last-minute crises) comes off beautifully. In the end, the father of the bride is a happy, proud man, glad that the wedding is over but knowing too that it was worth all the money and aggravation to start his daughter off so handsomely on the road to married life.
Authors: Caroline Francke, Based on the novel Father of the Bride by Edward Streeter, Illustrated by Gluyas Williams
Father of the Bride Preview (Curtain Calls 4.1, May 2008)
“Father of the Bride” closed out the 85th Season at Community Players. As a special Mother’s Day promotion on Sunday, May 11th, if you bought a ticket for that performance, your mother got in free! In keeping with the spirit of the constantly changing plans that can occur with one’s wedding, Choreographer Sherise Kirvan used the cast and crew, moving to appropriate musical selections, to change the scenery in front of the audience in an effort to maintain the show’s pace and keep the audience engaged.