Nancy Hewett, Felicia Smith, Diana McKinney and Cheryl Maxfield are the VVTG’s ‘Marvelous Wonderettes’ which opened at the Mesquite Community Theatre on March 11. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Nancy Hewitt, Felicia Smith, Diana McKinney and Cheryl Maxwell are the VVTG’s ‘Marvelous Wonderettes’ which opened at the Mesquite Community Theatre on March 11. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

For a good time call… no scratch that, just hurry down to the Mesquite Community Theatre before you miss the Virgin Valley Theatre Group’s Musical Production of ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’.

‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’ which opened on March 11, 2016 at the MCT is a fun filled evening that will have you taking a musical trip down memory lane with hits from the late 50’s and 60’s. Directed by Diana McKinney and Glen Bjornson with Musical Direction by Denis Feehan this show is a light and lively production you won’t want to miss.

The cast comprised of Nancy Hewett as Billy Jean, Cheryl Maxfield as Suzy, Felicia Smith as Cindy Lou and Diana McKinney as Missy will quickly enamor you with their characterizations of the group who call themselves the Marvelous Wonderettes while they take you back to the days of BFFs, high school rivalries and crushes.

Both Hewitt and Maxwell are funny, quirky and completely full of wonderful expression, a true delight to watch onstage. McKinney plays a shy and awkward ‘Missy’, quite the opposite of her own vivacious personality, who keeps the girls in line and acting as “Marvelous” as she is in her role. Smith is an amazing singer who has a natural stage presence you’ll enjoy both watching and listening to. Together the group will give you 90 minutes of simply marvelous, light-hearted entertainment.

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The ‘Marvelous Wonderettes’ bring their teacher, Mr. Lee, played by Chad Calmelat, on stage to introduce and thank him for being such a great ‘Chipmunk’ leader. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

The show opens at the 1958 Springfield High School Senior Prom where the audience is introduced to the Wonderettes who look wonderful in their colorful and pretty prom dresses designed and created by costumer Patti Bjornson. While at the prom, the girls gear up and get ready for the competition of becoming the “Queen of your Dreams” when they all vie for the chance to become the 1958 Springfield High School Senior Prom Queen. The talent portion of the competition has new rules which are a bit baffling to the girls but they pull through; you’ll have to come to the show to see who wins the crown. You may even get the chance yourself to vote for ‘The Queen of Your Dreams’.

 

The Springfield High School gymnasium is the creation of set designer Tim Hall who built a marvelously colorful set for the Senior Prom complete with a stage on which the girls perform hits like ‘Mr. Sandman’, ‘Stupid Cupid’, ‘Secret Love’ and ‘Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me’ and several other hits of the 1950’s.

Act two brings the Marvelous Wonderettes back to Springfield High for their 10 year class reunion and leads the audiences into the days of Aquarius complete with ‘flower power’, Go-Go Boots and plenty of tie dye. Lives have changed but old friendships stay the same and the girls are together once again to entertain the crowd with hits such as ‘It’s in His Kiss’, ‘I Only Want to Be with You’, ‘It’s My Party’ and ‘Leader of the Pack’ and many more at the reunion.  The girls also reveal to one another and the audience what they’ve been up to since the prom.

During the ‘Marvelous Wonderettes’ Springfield High School 10 year class reunion Suzy, Cheryl Maxwell tells her hubby Richie that he should show her a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

During the ‘Marvelous Wonderettes’ Springfield High School 10 year class reunion Suzy, Cheryl Maxfield tells her hubby Richie that he should show her a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

The ‘Marvelous Wonderettes’ has five more performance dates and you have just two weekends left to clear your calendars for a fun filled evening at the Mesquite Community Theatre. Performances are scheduled for March 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. and March 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 and are available at the 2Da9z, Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, Mesquite Chamber of Commerce, Mesquite Community Theatre Box Office or online at www.vvtgnv.com.