For guys and gals who fondly remember their high school years in the ‘50s and ‘60s, this nostalgic off-Broadway hit will bring back some great memories, both in music and in costume / stage settings.
During the week of September 19-27, 2015 The Marvelous Wonderettes will treat the Summit City to glorious four-part harmony - alto, mezzo soprano, mezzo alto and soprano - with the four vivacious local leads that will be accompanied by piano or recorded orchestra.
The four best friends are Betty Jean (the clown of the group, always seeking attention from her best friend Cindy Lou); Cindy Lou (the "bad girl" for whom it seems things always go her way, which drives Betty Jean nuts; Missy (the overachiever of the group; she is the one who covers up mistakes and is always ready to jump in and help, and has been best friends with Suzy since grade school); and Suzy (the happy-go-lucky one who finds pleasure in everything she does, especially silly things; her best friend is Missy).
The musical comedy begins in 1958 as the girls, in crinoline skirts, are at their Springfield High School prom with big hopes and dreams as the audience learns about their lives and loves mostly through songs. Old favorites such as "Mr. Sandman," "Allegheny Moon," "Sugar & Spice Medley: Lollipop / Sugartime," and more.
The four students who are also talented singers get along for the most part but conflicts occur among themselves and their boyfriends. At their 10-year reunion (Act II) in 1968 the audience learns what has transpired during that decade and the different roads traveled, that include a pregnancy, a marriage, and an all's-well- that-ends-well reconciliation and farewell.
Close your eyes and let your imagination carry you back to those high school memories and afterwards with songs like, "Heatwave," "With This Ring," "Stupid Cupid," "Goodnight Sweetheart," "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me," "Lipstick on Your Collar," "Son of a Preacher Man" and so many more.
Tickets run $29 (general), $17 (youth - age 23 and under), and $24 (seniors - age 60 & over).
For ticket information and reservations, call the Civic Theatre at 260-424-5220.