Stow Players welcomes 'Wonderettes'

By April Helms | attribution here Published:

Stow Players opens 2013 with the musical "The Marvelous Wonderettes," which runs Feb. 1 through 23.

Guests who wear 50s or 60s attire on opening night Feb. 1 can get a ticket to the show for $10.

"The Marvelous Wonderettes" takes the audience to the 1958 Springfield High School prom to meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. The Wonderettes sing such 50s and 60s classics as "Lollipop," "Dream Lover," "Stupid Cupid," "Lipstick on Your Collar," "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me," "It's My Party," "Son of a Preacher Man" and more than 20 other classic hits.

It turns out that the hot guy glee club, "The Crooning Crabcakes," was supposed to perform, but the lead singer, Billy Ray Patton, was suspended from school for smoking. Mr. Lee, the vocal director, calls on the second-string girl group, "The Wonderettes," to take their place and work their own magic on the Springfield High prom-goers. But once they open their mouths, it becomes obvious that there is nothing second-rate about this first-rate foursome, each of whom is also up for prom queen as well.

The first half of the show takes place in 1958; the second half is a decade later. The girls sing popular songs of both periods, tell their stories, complain about prom rituals and eventually growing up. They bicker about boyfriends, marriages, and possible divorces. Cindy Lou (Lori Rodeman of Munroe Falls) steals Betty Jean's (Chanda Porter of Cuyahoga Falls) song, Betty Jean's boyfriend has been cheating on her with Cindy Lou, Suzy (Shani Ferry of Stow) is dating the guy running the lights for the prom, and Missy (Jennifer Cull of Twinsburg) reveals her secret love is Mr. Lee, the music teacher. In addition, since each girl is up for prom queen, the rules committee has decided that all the girls will perform their talents simultaneously and have only 30 seconds to perform.

Act Two finds the women 10 years later at their school reunion, where they are asked to sing again. Missy is getting married to Mr. Lee, Suzy married the lighting guy, and Betty Jean is still ticked with Cindy Lou. Though life hasn't worked out as well as any of them had hoped, they still have their dreams, and their hope remains intact.

Marc C. Howard is directing the show, with music direction being provided by Dustin Oliver of Stow.

"The Marvelous Wonderettes" runs all four weekends in February. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00, and there is one matinee on Feb. 17, at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices (except for the special Opening Night come-in-50s-or-60s-costumes for $10 tickets) are $14 for general admission, and $12 for senior citizens and students. A special wine (or soft drinks) and chocolates evening is scheduled for the Feb. 16 performance.

All performances are in the Heritage Barn in Stow's Silver Springs Park, with access from Young Road only.

Call 330-655-6051 for reservations and information, or visit www.stowplayers.net or email them at info@stowplayers.net for details.

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