By MELINDA WILLIAMS
They’ve taken us on a trip down “Route 66,” shared Patsy Cline’s life with us and shown us how three “Honky Tonk Angels” got their start in Nashville.
Come Valentines Day, we’ll be taken back to the era of 1950s and 60s girl groups when Springer Theatricals returns to Pulaski Theatre with the off Broadway hit “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” The Feb. 14 performance will be Springer’s only presentation of the show in the state of Virginia this year.
Fine Arts Center for the NRV and Friends of the Pulaski Theatre have teamed up the past four years to bring the George theatre company’s annual show to Pulaski.
“The Marvelous Wonderettes” is a funny, glittery song-and-dance revue that features pop classics like “Lollipop,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick On Your Collar,” “Mr. Lee,” “It’s My Party,” “Heat Wave,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Leader of the Pack, “R.E.S.P.E.C.T., “Rescue Me,” “Son of a Preacher Man” and 20 other hits.
The story begins in 1958 with four Springfield High School teens performing a show for their classmates on prom night. While Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy are good friends; a competitive theme emerges when all four girls are announced as candidates for Prom Queen.
Act One concludes with the audience electing the Prom Queen, then Act Two fast-forwards 10 years to 1968 with the Wonderettes gathered for a class reunion. They’re older, wiser and a little bruised by the upheavals of the Rock Revolution, but it’s all in fun as the girls pursue dreams that are as big as their crinoline skirts.
“The Marvelous Wonderettes” is written and directed by Roger Bean. Singer-actors Ashley Pankow, Tiffany Wiesend, Kelly Karcher and Carly Mooney are backed by a live onstage band.
According to Springer publicity materials, “’The Marvelous Wonderettes engages the audience with song, dance and comedy and features a visually stunning wardrobe design that captures both pop eras.”
The show, which starts at 7:30 p.m., features reserved seating, so get your tickets now by calling the Fine Arts Center at 980-7363 or stopping by the FAC across from Pulaski Theatre. Tickets also are available at Martin’s Pharmacy in Pulaski, Pulaski County Visitor’s Center in Dublin and Barry’s Music in Radford.
Springer Theatricals is the national touring unit of Georgia’s official state theatre, the Springer Opera House in Columbus. The 142-year-old opera house is on the National Historic Landmarks register.
Some of the world’s most celebrated artists have performed at the Springer, including Edwin Booth, Oscar Wilde, the Barrymores, Mary Martin, Truman Capote, Hal Holbrook, Burt Reynolds, Chet Atkins, Marvin Hamlisch and Garrison Keillor.