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'Marvelous Wonderettes' entertain at Playhouse

Production touts an all-female cast

POSTED: May 9, 2013 12:25 a.m.
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Ginger Rodriguez, from left, Corinne Hall, Becky Binion and Pat Groman perform during “The Marvelous Wonderettes” production at the Cumming Playhouse.

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More than 30 classic songs from the 1950s and ’60s will entertain audiences during “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”

The musical, which began a three-week run Thursday at the Cumming Playhouse, transports audiences back to 1958, where they meet the Wonderettes, four girls with big dreams, at their senior prom.

During the second act, the girls return for their 10-year high school reunion in 1968.

Leigh Ann Cannady, the show’s director from Pie in the Sky Productions, said the musical is all about having fun.

“It’s all popular music from the ’50s and ’60s, so it’s ‘Lollipop,’ ‘Mr. Sandman,’ ‘Son of a Preacher Man,’ ‘Leader of the Pack,’ all those fun standards,” she said. “So it’s just a silly adventure of these four girls at their prom and their reunion.”

The cast is comprised of just four women and the crew members are all also female. Cannady said the lack of men has made the show special.

“It’s been an all all-female production,” she said. “It’s been fun to just have a little three- or four-month stint of girl time.”

Corinne Hall, who plays Missy in the show, agreed.

“I love these girls dearly,” she said of her castmates. “It’s just been an all-girl deal. It’s like rock ‘n’ roll girl power. We get to come in here and wear frilly, silly costumes and sing great songs and it’s wonderful.”

Ticket-holders should expect to “tap their toes, have fun and participate,” Cannady said.

“The audience gets to vote for who wins prom queen every night, so the audience is very involved,” she said. “It would be especially fun for a girls’ night out or a Mother’s Day outing.”

Hall, who said she “fell in love with the show” several years ago, hopes audiences will feel the same.

“It’s fun, it’s silly, it’s colorful and it’s got wonderful music that everybody is going to know and they’re hopefully going to want to sing along with us,” she said.

 

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