‘Marvelous Wonderettes’ a cotton candy musical!

Jul 6, 2022 | Entertainment | 0 comments

Starring in the Marvelous Wonderettes at Playmakers Civic Theatre in Port Clinton starting Friday, July 15 are, left to right, Kristin Stewart, Amanda Riznikove, Melinda Bahnsen and Pamela Shirtz. (Photo by D’Arcy Patrick Egan)

Playmakers Civic Theatre will present “The Marvelous Wonderettes” by Roger Bean beginning Friday, July 15.  It’s a cotton candy musical that follows four girls from their high school graduation to their 10-year reunion.

It’s Act One at the 1958 Springfield High School Prom, where the entertainment is 50’s songs by the amazing “Wonderettes” quartet featuring Betty Jean (Amanda Riznikove), Cindy Lou (Pamela Shirtz), Missy (Kristen Stewart), and Suzy (Melinda Bahnsen). Act Two opens on a “Heatwave” at the 10-Year Reunion in 1968.

Directed by Linda Rastle, with musical direction by Richard Kilken and Marshall Parker. The pit band is led by Marshall Parker (reeds), Ethan Mandeville (keyboards) and Noah Jess (percussion). Veteran Choreographer Terry Bodager has been teaching the specific choreographed movements needed for 50’s and 60’s music.

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” can be seen at Playmakers Civic Theatre, 604 W. Sixth St., Port Clinton on Fridays and Saturdays on July 15-16 and July 22-23 at 8 p.m. and on Sundays, July 17 and 24, at 2 p.m.

For those who do not have season tickets, adult tickets are $20 and $15 for students and seniors. You may purchase tickets and make reservations around the clock at pcplaymakers.org, or purchase tickets at Lilly & Gert’s new location, 1622 E. Perry St., Port Clinton Plaza, on Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Make reservations by calling 419-734-5044. Season ticket holders also need to make reservations.

Get ready to tap-your-toes!  What song will be your favorite?  You’ll even get to vote for the Prom Queen! Special refreshments are served on opening night.

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