WELLSBURG - The Brooke Hills Playhouse will present the first in a series of "spotlight" productions at 8 p.m. June 15-16 and 2 p.m. June 17 with "The Marvelous Wonderettes," a musical comedy revue by Roger Bean.
The play follows four high school friends as their lives change from the serene 1950s through the turbulent '60s.
The women meet as "spirit leaders" for their high school's team, the Chipmunks, and sustain their friendship against the musical background of the changing times,
The 36 songs in the score include such popular favorites as "Lollipop," "Mr. Sandman," "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "Stupid Cupid," "Lipstick on His Collar," "Secret Love," "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me," "Heat Wave," "It's My Party," "Wedding Bell Blues," "Son of a Preacherman," "Respect," "Leader of the Pack," "Rescue Me" and many more.
Director-choreographer Diana Melted of Wellsburg said she was fortunate to get such a "fantastic cast" of actor-singers for the show.
"The script called for two sopranos and two altos, and we got that and more," Melted said. "The two sopranos bring their formal training as vocal music majors to the show, while the two altos bring a strong pop music sensibility to the table."
Playhouse veteran Kassidy Wells of Wellsburg, a soprano last seen in Brooke Hills' 2011 production of "Into the Woods," will play the perfectionist Missy Miller, the unofficial leader of the group. Alto Karli Snyder of Beech Bottom, who was in last summer's "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," is cast as incurable romantic Suzy Sophism.
Soprano Timmi Williams of Wellsburg, making her Brooke Hills debut, will portray the boyfriend-stealing Cindy Lou Huffington who, unfortunately for all concerned, has set her eyes on the prize of Betty Jean Reynolds' boyfriend. Betty Jean will be played by alto Christina Owens of Wintersville, last seen on the stage as a child actor in the Playhouse production of "Charlotte's Web."
"The Marvelous Wonderettes" will follow this weekend's run of J.M. Briar's classic children's tale, "Peter Pan," to be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Roberta Fedoush of Weirton, the musical director and accompanist for "Wonderettes," plays Mrs. Mary Darling in "Peter Pan."
"Wonderettes" will be followed by the second main stage production of the summer, Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten's comedy, "The Dixie Swim Club." which will be presented at 8 p.m. June 22-23, 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. June 24 and July 1. It will be followed by "Zombie Prom," with music by Dana Rowe and book and lyrics by John Dempsey, at 8 p.m. July 13-14 and 20-21 and 2 p.m. July 15 and 22.
The rest of the main stage season includes Agatha Christie's classic mystery, "The Mousetrap," scheduled for 8 p.m. Aug. 3-4 and 2 p.m. Aug. 5 and 12 and Ken Ludwig's comic farce, "Leading Ladies," which takes to the playhouse stage at 8 p.m. Aug. 24-25, and Aug. 31-Sept. 1 and 2 p.m. Aug. 26 and Sept. 2.
Another Spotlight production, a readers' theater production of James Montgomery's comedy, "Nothing but the Truth," adapted by Charles Calabrese, will be seen at 8 p.m. Aug. 17-18 and 2 p.m. Aug. 19. Other spotlight productions, scheduled in the weeks between main stage shows, will be announced as the playhouse's 41st summer season continues.
Tickets for Brooke Hills Playhouse musicals are $12 for adults, $10 for students, senior citizens and groups, and $8 for children under 12. Non-musical plays are $10 for adults, $8 for students, senior citizens and groups, and $6 for children younger than 12.
For reservations and information, call (304) 737-3344.