Matthew Mulkerin
EVENT: He and his wife Jana Hill created part of The Wedding Game, which Rockhopper Dance is performing at the Cedarcrest Performing Arts Center in Duvall, WA.

I hear you just got married. "Actually, we just celebrated our one-year anniversary."

Did things change? "You've got to get used to calling each other 'husband and wife,' but that's about it. We'd been dating for five years before that."

Why get married after five years? "Partly just because we wanted to throw a big party for all of our friends and relatives. We had a costume party near Halloween. I was Willy Wonka."

And your bride was an Oompa Loompa? "No, she was a devil, but a really sexy devil."

Were you married in those costumes? "Yes."

What was the officiant wearing? "The priestess was Glenda, the Good Witch of the... West?"

South, I think. "Southwest? That doesn't sound right.... We call her the Reverend Phoobie."

What does that mean? "It's the word that we use to fill in words that we don't know to a song. I suppose she could have been the Reverend Watermelon, but we were a little more creative than that."

"Phoobie" is more creative than "watermelon"? "I don't know... it's just the name and we stuck with it."

How do you translate the sacrament of marriage into physical movement? "That was a difficult task. We went for a broad range of mediums--we used theater and dance, lots of text. But really, more than anything we were just going for the feeling--the anxiety; it's kind of a comical energy that surrounds everything taking place."

How do you think it will sell in Duvall? "The only things we've got going for us are (A) we're the first dance group to go out there, and (B) they're offering a discount to people who wear a wedding dress, and evidently it's getting a huge response. We're very psyched about getting out there and seeing a bunch of meringue."