“It’s my party and I’ll …” “Mr. Sandman, …” “Lollipop, lollipop, …” “R-E-S-P-E-C-T…”, What jumps into your head when you hear these lines? Do you sing out the next line or two of the lyrics? Does it take you back to high school and dresses with crinolines and prom night with boys in white sports coats and pink carnations? If it does, then do we have a show for you! And if you don’t remember those days, then come and find out what your parents and grandparents were singing back then.
The Marvelous Wonderettes – an evening of song and dance and memories – follows Cindy Lou, Missy, Betty Jean and Suzy on the night of their high school prom in June 1958 as they entertain their graduating class with all those wonderful classics from the 50’s. In act two they take us to their 10-year reunion –in the same high school gym – a little older, a little wiser but still singing those songs – this time from the 60s – that we all loved to sing along to (and still do).
This wonderful musical, featuring four talented young women (you have seen them before in Little Women, Bingo Ladies, 9 to 5, The Drowsy Chaperone and more) is being produced by indie women two productions (iwtp) as a fundraiser for the Youth Action Kommittee of Perth and Lanark County (YAK).
Following the co-production with Studio Theatre last summer of Bingo Ladies, which raised $12,000.00 for Jillian O’Connor and her family, iwtp is pleased to be returning to Studio Theatre with this production.
In addition to this musical trip down memory lane, there will be a silent auction, a bag and mitten sale (unique bags and mittens made exclusively for us by textile artist Lin Dickson), a prom dress cookie sale and more.
The show takes place Nov. 2 to Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Saturday and Sunday (Nov.4 and Nov. 5) at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now at Tickets Please in Perth or online at www.ticketsplease.ca / 613 485-6434.
Bring your high school diploma from 1958 and you’ll get in for free!
If you would like to further support this fundraiser by donating an item to the silent auction, please call Joan Frommer at 613 421 4151.
This article was first published in the September issue of Hometown News. For more articles from our September issue, pick up a print copy at a local retailer or read our digital version.