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Ode To Girl Groups Of the 1950’s And 60’s Features More Than 20 Classic Hits Like
“Mr. Sandman,” “Leader of the Pack,” “Lollipop,”  “It’s My Party” and “It’s In His Kiss”

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – July 15, 2013 – Heritage Theatre Festival is turning back the clock and turning up the music with the Off-Broadway smash-hit The Marvelous Wonderettes!

The Marvelous Wonderettes, created by Roger Bean, opens in the brand new Caplin Theatre on Tuesday, July 23. Renee Dobson directs the production, which will run from July 23-27, 30 and 31 and August 1-3. Shows begin at 7:45 p.m. and there will be 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday, July 27. Tickets for the show are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and U.Va. faculty, staff and alumni, and $15 for students. Tickets are available at the U.Va. Arts Box Office (located in the lobby of the Drama Building), online at www.uvahtf.org or by phone at 434-924-3376.

Special Note: A limited number of seats are also available for each performance at “prom tables” that are built into the set, and can be requested when purchasing tickets.

The Marvelous Wonderettes takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts.  As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to the girls performing such classic ‘50s and ‘60s songs as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party,” and over 20 other classic hits! You’ve never had this much fun at a prom and you will never forget The Marvelous Wonderettes—a must-take musical trip down memory lane!

The show gets its patented brand of girl power from an outstanding quartet including Charlottesville natives Carly Amburn and Ali Stoner along with Emily Via and Emelie Faith Thompson, fresh from a show-stopping performance as Annie Oakley in HTF’s smash-hit production of Annie Get Your Gun.

“This show is, simply put, a walk down memory lane,” said director Renee Dobson. “It takes us through the 1950’s and 1960’s through these very famous songs and these four phenomenal harmonizing actress/singers. So, for people who have lived through that era, it is a sort of fun and nostalgic trip. For people too young to have lived through it, it’s an evening full of songs they have heard or heard of, sung by these incredibly talented four girls.”

The show, Dobson says, harkens back to a very different time. “This musical is very All-American. And it is from a much more innocent and pure time period, a very optimistic time period in our country and in that way the show provides a sort of escape from reality. We laugh about the pre-show announcements because we talk about turning off cell phones and electronic devices, but at this point in time these are things people could barely have imagined!”

The show, Dobson said, further draws in its audience by inviting them to be a part of the proceedings. “The audience participates in the play. There is voting for Prom Queen, and when you come into the theatre you are handed a ballot with your program and get to vote for your favorite Wonderette!”

The 2013 Heritage Theatre Festival season continues on July 25 with the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock opera Next to Normal at Culbreth Theatre.

Free parking for all Heritage Theatre Festival performances is available at the Culbreth Road Parking Garage, conveniently located alongside the theaters. 

To access a photo of the production, visit http://www.virginia.edu/heritagetheatre/pressCenter.htm
For more information on the 2013 Heritage Theatre Festival season, visit, www.uvahtf.org.


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John Kelly
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