Singing in the aisles at Wegmans

May 11, 2012|Lorraine Mirabella

Update:  In an email Friday, drama teacher Maura Morrison said Thursday night’s show was standing room only with people turned away from the 900-seat auditorium.

“Wegmans’ executives were there and were wildly supportive of our show,” Morrison wrote. She added that the local Wegmans provided shirts, hats, signs and a paper towel display for the zero-budget class project. “They never asked to see the script. They had a real sense of humor about it all.”

Wegmanshas built a loyal following with mega supermarkets known for gourmet cheeses, French patisseries, European-style cafes and attentive service.

Now the grocer has inspired high school students from Massachusetts to break out in song and dance.

“Wegmans…The Musical!,” a student-created show about sibling rivalry between two brothers who work at competing supermarkets, debuted for a one-night-only performance Thursday at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, Mass.

According to a report in The MetroWest Daily News, students in an Advanced Drama class came up with the idea to put on a musical based on the chain after their drama teacher suggested a supermarket-themed scene for a singing improvisation exercise.

Wegmans, which had shoppers camping out when it opened a store last fall in the Massachusetts town, ended up helping the young actors, donating shirts, signs and other props as well as a post-show dinner for the cast, according to the newspaper.

In the Baltimore area, where Wegmans opened its first Maryland store in Hunt Valley in 2005, also to long lines, Wegmans has inspired drama of a different sort recently.

As The Sun reported earlier this month, grocery chains have been trying to find ways around a general ban on selling alcohol in Maryland. A plan for a liquor store to locate next to a new Wegmans that will open in June in Columbia sparked a heated, 4 1/2-hour hearing before the Howard County Alcohol Beverage Hearing Board that was dominated by opponents. The board took no vote on the liquor license application and plans to re-convene on June 14, three days before the store’s grand opening.

The musical version of life at Wegmans features no such sub-plot. In the high school show’s main plot, according to the newspaper, “Teddy is a golden-boy Wegmans employee, while Roy is his jealous, underachieving brother who works at the fictional rival grocery store Acme. Roy sends a spy to Wegmans to steal trade secrets, but the plan backfires when the spy falls in love with a girl who works at the store.”

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