This December, the Southington High School Drama Club will present its first-semester production, Caroline Francke’s “Father of the Bride.” Perhaps best known as the inspiration for the 1991 movie starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, a press release from Southington High explained, the play was actually inspired by the 1948 novel by Edward Streeter and Gluyas Williams. The play was also the inspiration for a 1950 film starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor.
The premise is simple, explained the school’s press release, Mr. Banks and Mrs. Banks have a daughter who has fallen in love with a young man, and the young people intend to be married. This sets off a firestorm of activity, from trying to establish a manageable guest-list to hiring caterers, explained the release. As with so many weddings, complications ensue, and the characters go through a gauntlet of experiences and emotions while trying to make the wedding happen.
The play features a cast of actors and actresses from every grade level in the high school and should be “a hilarious and touching look at love and the many ways people complicate it,” said the release.
The show will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, and at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens.
Tickets will be available at the door before each show.