The Valdosta Daily Times
In the 1950s, four girls prepare to attend their high school prom. Ten years later, in the 1960s, these four women gather again, this time for their high school reunion.
This is the plot device of Act I and Act II respectively of “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” Peach State Summer Theatre’s second show of the 2013 season.
Yet, within the loose framework of Roger Bean’s off-Broadway hit, these four gals and PSST!’s live orchestra present 33 songs from the 1950s and 1960s, says Barbara Hartwig, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” director and choreographer.
These songs include “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “Allegheny Moon,” “Born Too Late,” “Chipmunk Cheer,” “Dream Lover,” “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight,” “(Love is Like A) Heatwave,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “I Only Want To Be With You,” “It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song),” “It’s My Party,” “Leader Of The Pack,” “Lipstick On Your Collar,” “Lollipop,” “Lucky Lips,” “Maybe,” “Maybe I Know,” “Mr. Lee,” “Mr. Sandman,” “Needle In A Haystack,” “Rescue Me,” “Respect,” “Secret Love,” “Sincerely,” “Son Of A Preacher Man,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Sugartime,” “Teacher’s Pet,” “Thank You And Goodnight,” “That’s When The Tears Start,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “With This Ring,” “You Don’t Own Me.”
Through these well-known songs, the characters share their lives. The show has four performers, an ensemble of talent, Hartwig says. Given these songs are 50-60 years old, Hartwig says her young cast already knew the lyrics to many of them and have learned the rest during PSST!’s brisk rehearsal schedule. “The Marvelous Wonderettes” began rehearsals three days before PSST!’s “The Sound of Music” opening night on June 1. That’s about two weeks ago and “The Wonderettes” opens this Friday night.
This is also a different type of show for Peach State. Traditionally, the second show is a children’s show, but with the family emphasis of “The Sound of Music,” PSST! wanted to present a different type of musical.
Hartwig believes PSST!’s audiences will enjoy “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Having directed the show previously for another theatre company, she has seen the “Wonderettes” work their magic.
THE CAST: Jessica Mathis, Amy Fritsche, Sandia Ahlers, Rachel Day.
DIRECTION, PRODUCTION: Barbara Hartwig, director, choreographer; Matthew C. Mainella, musical director; Tamara Hardesty, vocal director; Christa Bynum, stage manager; Ruth A. Brandvik, scenic designer; Genny Wynn, lighting designer; Esther Iverson, costume designer; Michael Driggers, technical director.
ORCHESTRA: Vicorie Brown, keys I; Sarah Cain, reeds; Sarah Carter-Sweatte, keys II; Teal Ewer, trumpet, guitar; Zach Jones, trombone; David Morris, percussion; Joshua Weathers, bass.
TECHNICAL STAFF, BOX OFFICE Dorothy Barnes Driggers, draper, stitcher; Jennifer Hebda, scenic artist; Genna A. Kasun, props artisan; Jared Kay, carpenter; Katelynn Kenworthy, intern; Justin L. Kirkpatrick, master carpenter; Cameron Lucas, scene shop assistant; Ryan Ponsell, sound engineer; Kathy Raess-Young, costume shop supervisor; Ree Seminole, assistant technical director; Caitlyn Tuten and Dan Wilt, costume shop assistants; Blake Fountain and Caitlin D. Miller, box office treasurers; Charlotte Grady, house, company manager.
Peach State Summer Theatre presents “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”
Where: Sawyer Theatre, Valdosta State University Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood.
When: Show opens 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 14, 15, and continues on various dates between now and July 13.
Times, dates, more information: Visit www.valdosta.edu/psst
Box office: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., call (229) 259-7770.
The Valdosta Daily Times is proud to be PSST!’s corporate sponsor.