From left, Demi Davis, Rachel Riemke, Whitney Scanling and Leah Anglin perform a number as the Springfield High School quartet The Marvelous Wonderettes. (Staff photo: Jim Hendricks)
Theatre Albany: "The Marvelous Wonderettes"
Leah Anglin, Demi Davis, Rachel Riemke and Whitney Scanling star in Theatre Albany's production of the musical "The Marvelous Wonderettes." Directed by Mark Costello, showtimes for the production featuring music from the 1950s and 1960s are 8 p.m. June 6-7 and 12-14 and 2:30 p.m. June 8 and 15.
ALBANY — Prom season just got over, but don’t tell the cast at Theatre Albany’s new production.
When the curtain goes up at 8 tonight for the final play of the 2013-14 season, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” will be musically transporting the audience back more than half a century to a middle America high school prom.
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Mark Costello, artistic director of Theatre Albany, says the musical is set in 1958 at Springfield High School. A quartet of the high school’s song leaders are called upon at the last minute to pinch-hit for the planned band at the senior prom. Costello describes the girls as having hopes and dreams “as big as their crinoline skirts.”
Appearing as The Marvelous Wonderettes are Leah Anglin as Suzy Simpson, Demi Davis as Cindy Lou Huffington, Rachel Riemke as Betty Jean Reynolds, and Whitney Scanling as Missy Miller.
The audience will get to find out just how those teens’ hopes and dreams turned out in the second act, which focuses on the four when they return to Springfield High for their 10th-year class reunion.
Along the way, the cast performs some classics from the two decades, including “Mr. Sandman,” “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party,” and more than 20 others.”
Written by Roger Bean following the success of his musical “Don’t Touch That Dial!,” “The Marvelous Wonderettes” made its debut in 1999 as a one-act play. Bean added a second act to the “Wonderettes” later and it played at Westside Theatre in New York City from September 2008 to January 2010.
For the Albany production, Costello is handling the staging. Gary Unger is vocal director and Judy Dabbs is the choreographer. Steve Felmet designed the set and Ann Brim Streat is handling the make-up and hair for the cast.
The curtain rises tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance set for Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Performances continue at 8 p.m. June 12-14 with a final matinee at 2:30 p.m. June 15.
Tickets are $25, adults; $20, seniors, and $10, students. The theater is located at 514 Pine Ave. Contact the box office at (229) 439-7141.