“We are family! I got all my sisters with me!” That old “Sly and the Family Stone” nugget about sums up the attitude of The Marvelous Wonderettes, along with Gloria Gaynor’s timeless anthem, “I will survive!” And survive, they do.
Lindsay Rewi (Betty Jean), Lauren Bailey (Cindy Lou), and Justine Sousa (Missy) are thrilled to be reprising their roles and there is no doubt that they totally “own” those marvelous characters. The multi-talented Cait Porteous replaces new mom, Courtney Mason, as Suzy. Ironically, Cait was originally supposed to be one of the Wonderettes (but opted to plan and attend her own wedding instead – imagine!).
Emma Houlahan (performer in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Little Women and The Drowsy Chaperone choreographer) agreed to be the show’s choreographer, from Toronto via YouTube videos she created, then recorded in a studio. The performers have enthusiastically declared that her dance creations are super crazy-fun to perform.
Returning as show Stage Director and Artistic Director of indie women two productions, C.Lee Bates promises that this rendition of the Wonderettes saga is equally – if not more – entertaining than the original show and that the music is definitely more captivating. Brad Mills, back on the Music Director’s piano stool, agrees and states categorically that the foursome is among the most accomplished vocally, both solo and in harmony, of any performers he has ever worked with.
Joan Frommer, Producing Director of indie women two productions, is spearheading the fundraising for YAK. Joan is organizing a silent auction and the sale of artisan bags and mitts by textile artist, Lin Dickson, whose original creations from recycled materials have become a phenomenal hit in Perth, especially just prior to Christmas gift-giving! Patrons will also be able to contribute to Studio Theatre’s fundraising efforts to purchase a retractable screen for their fabulous monthly film series, by purchasing 50/50 tickets.
Jeff Kohl, Executive Producer of YAK, Perth and area’s one-of-kind youth centre, is ecstatic that indie women two has again selected the centre as the recipient of their fundraising efforts, praising the $6000 donation from last year’s production as a game-changer for YAK’s ability to provide services to deserving youth. Members of the public are most welcome to make donations and should contact Joan at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Marvelous Wonderettes Dream On, co-produced by indie women two productions and Studio Theatre Productions, premieres at Studio Theatre on Thursday, November 15th for eight shows, November 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 pm and November 18 & 25 at 2 pm. Book tickets in advance – last year’s show all but sold out! Tickets are $27, exclusively at Tickets Please in the Matheson House Museum Visitor Centre, 11 Gore St. E. (613 485-6434; ticketsplease.ca) which accepts in-store, phone, online and credit card purchases. Tickets are $27 at the Studio Theatre box office on show nights, subject to availability. Rush tickets for Students with ID are just $10 at the door, subject to availability. Attend opening night and save $5!