'Marvelous Wonderettes' a must-see

Shelby Clindaniel

Canterbury Summer Theatre’s latest performance "The Marvelous Wonderettes" is a must-see! Appropriate for all ages, The Marvelous Wonderettes is a four-woman show set in the late 1950s and '60s. The first half of the musical depicts the lives of four girls during their high school prom, and the second half is set 10 years later.

The cast consisted of Clara Flaherty (Betty Jean), Christie Coran (Cindy Lou), Rebecca Hayes (Missy), and Rachel Paul (Suzy). These girls must have worked hard on their musicality together because it really showed during their performances. Rebecca Hayes has, what I call, a Disney Princess voice, and Christie Coran can hit just about any note given to her. Clara Flaherty killed yet another hilarious part with her facial expressions and imitations, and Rachel Paul sings like a baby angel. These four were perfect for their parts, and worked and sang well together.

The set and costumes deserve attention as well. Scenic director Ray Scott Crawford and costume designer Miranda Beck-Bird did a great job at taking into consideration the era in which the performance was set. The lighting and music were done spectacularly.

"The Marvelous Wonderettes" is a great show for everyone. The cast and crew had my attention the whole time, which, I’ll admit, is sometimes a difficult task. The cast was interactive with their audience, and had the whole theater laughing. "Lollipop" and "You Don’t Own Me" were two of my favorite songs, even though they all sounded great.

Canterbury Summer Theatre’s "The Marvelous Wonderettes" did not disappoint. I have nothing bad to say about this performance. The show runs from June 24 through July 2. For more information, including show times, theatre and ticket information, as well as other performances, visit www.canterburytheatre.org or call the box office at 219-874-4269.


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