Marvelous Wonderettes Auditions

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West Shore Community College announces auditions for the fall musical production of "The Marvelous Wonderettes", by Roger Bean, will be held at 7 p.m., on Mon., August 31 and Tues., Sept. 1, with possible call-backs on Wed., Sept. 2.

Guest director Michelle Kiessel is looking for four women who can sing and move, and have comedic skills.

"The Marvelous Wonderettes" is a cotton-candy colored, non-stop pop musical, which takes the audience to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes - four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts and voices to match.

We learn about their lives and loves, accompanied by the girls performing classic '50s' and '60s' pop songs, sung in the style of such greats as Connie Francis, Doris Day, Dusty Springfield, and Leslie Gore.

The musical is set in the gymnasium of Springfield High School, where the Wonderettes are filling in as a last minute replacement, as the entertainment for the 1958 Senior Prom. The boy's glee club, "The Crooning Crab Cakes, “have been replaced because the lead crab, Billy Ray Patton, has been suspended for hanging out behind the girl's locker room---smoking! This after his father, the minister, caught him smoking behind the chapel last Sunday. “Tobacco can kill, and make you ill.”

So the Wonderettes take over for the 'Class of 1958 Super Senior Prom' with the theme of 'Marvelous Dreams'. These four girls, Cindy Lou, Missy, Betty Jean, and Suzy are the trophy winning, 3rd place at state, Springfield High School Song Leaders who lead us in their trophy winning Chipmunk Cheer, and then Emcee the prom, all the while, individually competing for the title of Prom Queen.

The audience watch as their lives and loves play out to such classic pop songs as, “Mr. Sandman,” “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Teachers Pet,” “Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight, “and that is just the first act.

Act two is the 10 year reunion, where we pick up with what has been happening in the lives of the four girls, and we find that not everything is candy and roses in the lives and relationships of the girls. The “Marvelous Dreams,” have not all come true.

Betty Jean and Suzy are both involved in rocky relationships, and Suzy is pregnant. Cindy Lou's dream of Hollywood fell apart, and she has moved back to Springfield, where she is now in a relationship with Billy Ray, the minister's son, and Missy has been in a relationship with Mr. Lee, the song leader for the past five years.

All of this is the backdrop to songs such as “Heatwave,” ‘It's in His Kiss,” “That's When the Tears Start,” ‘Son of a Preacher Man,” “Rescue Me” and “Respect.”
Is this how their lives are destined to be? Will they ever be able to live the Dream? These questions and more are answered in this slice of pop culture, musical comedy.

Kiessel is directing, Michael Mikula, the new director of theatre at WSCC, is producing and designing the set for the production. Phil DeYoung is the music director.

Susan Barnard is the costumer, Amanda Collene is the lighting designer, Adam Knudsen is handling sound, Marty Cupp is the scene painter, and Emily Hartrum is the production stage manager.

"The Marvelous Wonderettes" is a collaboration with Ludington Area Center for the Arts and the college, and will play Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m., October 22-24, and Sun., 2 p.m., October 25, at the Ludington Center for the Arts.

For additional information, call Mikula at 843-5743, or email him at

Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Relations