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'The Marvelous Wonderettes'

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Penobscot Theatre revisits the '50s and '60s

BANGOR - Penobscot Theatre, Bangor's professional theatre company, continues its 38th season with one of the most popular musicals of the last 15 years, 'The Marvelous Wonderettes' by Roger Bean. Picking up where 'Forever Plaid' left off, 'The Marvelous Wonderettes' assembles a quartet of women performing the '50s and '60s hits that were popularized by women. This utterly charming revue is in performance from Oct. 26 - Nov. 13 at the historic Bangor Opera House.

''The Marvelous Wonderettes' has everything you could want in a musical, a great score, beautiful design elements, a hilarious yet meaningful story and an incredibly talented cast that deliver amazing vocals and crisp choreography,' said Interim Artistic Director Nathan Halvorson.

'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 and voices to match. As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to the girls performing such classic songs as 'Lollipop,' 'Dream Lover,' 'Stupid Cupid,' 'Lipstick On Your Collar,' 'Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,' 'It's My Party', 'Son of a Preacher Man' and over 20 other classic hits. 'The Marvelous Wonderettes' is an unforgettable, must-take musical trip down memory lane.

This production, directed and choreographed by Penobscot Theatre Interim Artsitic Director Nathan Halvorson, features Penobscot Theatre favorites Brianne Beck and Christie Robinson and introduces Sara Dobrinich and Melissa Hammans as The Wonderettes. Will Shuler leads the four-piece band including Allison Bankston, Gaylen Smith andChris Viner.

The production features scenic design by Erik D. Diaz, costume design by Anna-Marlies Hunter, lighting design byJonathan Spencer and props design by Meredith Perry.

For the fourth year in a row, PTC is taking part in Free Night of Theater, a national initiative of Theatre Communications Group, designed to introduce the magic of live theatre to new audiences. PTC will give away 200 tickets to 'The Marvelous Wonderettes' for first-time theatre attendees during the first week of performances. The first 100 people to sign up will receive two complimentary tickets. Tickets will become available on Monday, Oct. 24 at 12 noon on the PTC website (www.penobscottheatre.org). For information regarding Free Night of Theater, visitwww.freenightoftheater.net.

'The Marvelous Wonderettes' is made possible in part through the generous support of Dead River Company, Camden National Bank, Spectrum Medical Group, The Fireside Inn & Suites, The Charles Inn, WLBZ News Center 2, Bangor Daily News, The Maine Edge and Blueberry Broadcasting.

Last modified on Monday, 24 October 2011 08:21

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