Father of the Bride opens in the Springer Opera House tonight

J.D. Nelson is comfortable in his role as "Father of the Bride." He was that in real life in July when his daughter, Kate, got married in what he calls "a big production" in Indianapolis.

"I was absolutely clueless," he admits. Just like the father in the play that comes to the Springer Opera House stage tonight.

The play is based on the book of the same name written in 1949 by Edward Streeter. Caroline Francke adapted the book into a play and it became a movie starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor in 1950. In 1991, Steve Martin and Diane Keaton starred in another version.

The Springer play will be similar to the original movie. The play is set in 1955.

Springer artistic director Ron Anderson read the out-of-print book for background. "It's a really fun novel," he said. "It was written in the late 1940s and it was after the war. People wanted to be happy."

Anderson hopes that happiness comes through on stage. The comedy centers around a dad who seems on the brink of a nervous breakdown when his daughter's wedding escalates into a lavish, expensive affair. Many humorous scenes revolve around dad and wedding planner.

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