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The Marvelous Wonderettes

The Marvelous WonderettesApril 15-May 24
Written & Created by Roger Bean
Musical Arrangements by Brian William Baker
Orchestrations by Michael Borth
Vocal Arrangements by Roger Bean & Brian William Baker
Originally Produced for the New York Stage by David Elzer, Roger Bean & Peter Schneider
The Marvelous Wonderettes premiered at Milwaukee Repertory Theater; Joseph Hanreddy, Artistic Director & Timothy J. Shields, Managing Director
Produced by special arrangement with Steele Spring Stage Rights.
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This Off-Broadway smash hit takes us to the 1958 Springfield High School Prom where we meet the Wonderettes.  As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to the girls performing classic 50’s & 60’s hits such as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party,” and over 20 additional hits!  You have never had this much fun at prom, and you will never forget this must-take musical trip down memory lane.  Fans of the Round Barn Theatre’s productions of Forever Plaid, The Taffetas and Sisters of Swing will love this Off-Broadway hit!

Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
About the Creator...
Music Licensing...
Theme Dinners
The Marvelous Wonderettes Press Release
Read a Preview of The Marvelous Wonderettes by Frank Ramirez

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The Marvelous Wonderettes
Archive Photographs

 

 

 

A Note from the Director…

Amber BurgessWelcome to the 1958 Senior Prom for Springfield High! Go Chipmunks!  Tonight we bring you some of the best music of the 50s and 60s sung in beautiful 4-part harmony.  This genre of music has been called many things: pop, bubblegum, teen pop, olides… but whatever you call it, it’s just pure fun. What a great way to spend an evening! The music is catchy, up-beat, and cute, and these girls are the embodiment of a time past (but not too far gone) where something that was simple and true could also be popular.  The Wonderettes were inspired by the greatest girl groups of the 50s and 60s, but these girls definitely have personalities of their own, and are more like you and me (and your friends from High School) than any polished chart-toppers of the time.  The girls are the stars of the show, but the music is right there beside them. The best part of this music for me is that it is a time machine to a simpler time in my life.  I take that back, maybe the times weren’t simpler, but I definitely was.  I remember how a simple, catchy, fun piece of music could instantly transform my mood.  I hope it does the same for you.

A few thanks:  Thank you to the technical staff on this production:  Tom, Jeremy, Travis, Tim and Dick.  We have truly created a beautiful confection of a show.  Your contributions may not always be “front and center”, but they are the foundation for every action, step, and note.  Without you gentleman there would be no Marvelous in our Wonderettes.  Tonight we hope to transport you with this uplifting show.  Leave your troubles at the door, and enjoy a couple hours of some of the best popular music ever recorded. Our hope is that you have a few laughs, enjoy a few tunes, and tap a few toes.  We hope we make you feel “marvelous”!  

Amber Burgess


A Note from the Music Director…

Amish AcresI'm excited to be back here at the Round Barn for my 6th season!  In 2010 I started as the resident music director with a show very similar to The Marvelous Wonderettes.  It was called The Taffetas.  Perhaps some of you remember it.  I was cousin Ricky, the Taffetas piano player.  For this production I'm once again the piano player.  My name and character is never stated in the script, but I'd like to think I'm cousin Ricky again.  Or perhaps I'm cousin Mickey - Ricky's archenemy.  We play dueling pianos together on Thursday nights at the local ballroom.  Regardless, please enjoy the music we are bringing you tonight!  The girls have worked very hard on these tight harmonies and they are sounding "wonderetteful".  I'm sure that for some of you the tunes of the 50's and 60's will bring back a few fond memories.  The music certainly is catchy!

Travis Smith

 

 

The Marvelous Wonderettes Cast

 

Betty Jean

Sarah Philabaum

Cindy Lou

Nicole Tompkins

Missy

Kristin Conrad

Suzy

Sara Bayliss

 

The Marvelous Wonderettes Orchestra

 

Piano

Travis Smith

Bass

Tom Slavey

Drums

Brian Bell

 

The Marvelous Wonderettes Staff

 

Executive Producer

Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director

Jeremy Littlejohn

Director/Choreographer

Amber Burgess

Music Director

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager

Timothy James

Technical Director

Tom Slavey

ASM/Deck Captain

Travis Bird

Set Designer

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

Amber Burgess

Lighting Designer

Jeremy Littlejohn

Properties Master

Timothy James

Dance Captain

Sarah Philabaum

Box Office Manager

Jennifer Scheffer

Legal Representation

Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer

Steve Jones



*Special thanks to Caren Young and the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts!



Time & Place: Springfield High School Prom; 1958



Musical Numbers

Act I

 

Mr. Sandman

 

Sugar & Spice Medley: Lollypop, Sugartime

 

Chipmunk Cheer

 

Allegheny Moon

 

Marvelous Dreams Medley: All I Have to Do is Dream, Dream Lover

 

Stupid Cupid

 

Lipstick on Your Collar

 

Lucky Lips

 

Secret Love

 

Man of My Dreams Medley: Mr. Lee, Born Too Late, Teacher's Pet

 

Sugar & Spice (Reprise)

 

Goodnight & Goodbye Medley: Sincerely, Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight

 

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me

 

 

Act II

 

Welcome Back Medley / Heatwave

 

Mr. Sandman (Reprise)

 

It's in His Kiss / Wedding Bell Blues

 

You Don't Own Me

 

With This Ring

 

I Only Want to Be With You

 

That's When the Tears Start

 

It's My Party

 

Son of a Preacher Man

 

Leader of the Pack

 

Maybe

 

Suzy Medley: Maybe I Know, Needle in a Haystack, Rescue Me, Respect

 

Thank You and Goodnight / Sincerely

 

 

Bios

Sara Bayliss CroningerSara Bayliss (Suzy) is thrilled to be back at The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres!  She was most recently seen as Beverly Signe Hauge in Church Basement Ladies 2, in 2013.  This past December Sara completed her fourth national tour as Martha Cratchit in A Christmas Carol with Nebraska Theatre Caravan.  Prior to that she was a Swing for RWS and Associates in Glen, NH where she covered over 17 different parts.  Sara is a recent graduate from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina and is originally from the beautiful state of Maine. 
Enjoy the show!




Kristin ConradKristin Conrad
(Missy) feels so blessed to be back at Amish Acres for The Marvelous Wonderettes this year!  A native of Cincinnati, Kristin holds a BM in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami, and was last seen on the Round Barn stage in 2010 as the Godmother in Cinderella.  Other favorite past credits include Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s tour of A Christmas Carol (Christmas Past), the 2012-13 national tour of Fiddler on the RoofThe Music Man (Marian), and multiple productions of Schoolhouse Rock, Live! Kristin spent over a year working with Missoula Children’s Theatre, touring and teaching across the country, and has also had the joy of spending a summer performing near Denali National Park in Alaska.  This fall, Kristin is excited to be closer to home while pursuing her MFA in Acting at Ohio University in Athens, OH. 
Much love and thanks to Jeremy and the Amish Acres family for the welcome back with open arms, friends, teachers, mentors, Mom, Dad, Kim, and my wonderfully supportive husband Cubbie for always encouraging me to pursue big dreams. JER 29:11! www.kristinconrad.com



Sarah PhilabaumSarah Philabaum
(Betty Jean / Dance Captain) is thrilled to return for her fifth season at The Round Barn Theatre. You may remember her from previous seasons as Doralee in 9 to 5, Mavis in Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping or Ruth in Plain and Fancy.  She also choreographed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in 2013, and Shrek The Musical in 2014.  Following her time in Nappanee, Sarah will return to Colorado for her second consecutive season with Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, where she will be featured in 42nd Street, The Addams Family and All Shook Up.
Much love to Jeremy Littlejohn for being wonderful!

 

Nicole TompkinsNicole Tompkins (Cindy Lou) is thrilled to be performing once again on the Round Barn Stage, and with such talented ladies on this fantastic show! Calling the RBT her second home, she has been seen over the years in such shows as High School Musical and Our Town but most recently she appeared in last season’s Plain and Fancy as Katie Yoder, Little Women as Jo March, and The Diary of Anne Frank as Margot Frank, among others. Nicole is a native of South Bend and holds a BFA in Acting from Wright State University.  Other credits include Maria in The Sound of Music, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, and she recently made her Chicago theatre debut with a staged reading of The Solstice Ball, a new musical.
Much love to my family and loved ones for their unwavering support while I pursue this crazy-awesome career!



 

The Marvelous Wonderettes Staff Biographies

Brian Bell (Drums) is excited to be making his return to The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres for the 2015 season. He is from Nappanee and is the Webmaster for Amish Acres and also works in the accounting department. Brian holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Ashland University (2004) and a Master of Music degree from Ohio University (2007). At Ashland University, he played percussion for musicals including Godspell and The Fantasticks. Brian taught music for five years in the public school system where he was the music director for the high school musicals conducting the pit orchestra for Seussical and Copacabana. While teaching, his instrumental groups earned many honors and Superior ratings in Ohio Music Education Association Adjudicated Events.

Travis Bird (ASM / Deck Captain) is blessed and excited to be returning for his second season at the Round Barn Theatre. Last year, he played Cowboy Bob in Footloose, Jaxson in Steeple People, Jacob (Papa) Yoder in Plain and Fancy, and many other fun characters throughout the season.  Travis is a native of Decatur, and holds a BFM in Voice performance at Ball Sate University. His other theatre credits include Mr. Angel in The Impressario, Don Octave in The Stoned Guest, and Jesus in Godspell.
He would like to take this opportunity to thank all of his family, friends and colleagues who have supported him throughout his journey!

Amber Burgess (Director / Costume Designer) is pleased to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre for the 2015 season.  Amber has been involved at RBT as the director of Sisters of Swing, 9 to 5, Little Women, and Shrek, and she has been the resident costume designer since 2013.  Memorable RBT roles include June in Smoke on the Mountain, Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lilli / Kate in Kiss Me Kate and Carrie in Carousel.  She studied musical theater at Millikin University and has a bachelor’s degree in social sciences (with an emphasis in theater research) from Ashford University. Amber is a board member of the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, is a member of the Salt Creek Quilters guild, and enjoys running, reading, quilting, and playing with her dog, Oxford.  Visit www.amberburgess.com

Timothy James (Production Stage Manager) is happy to be returning to the Round Barn Theatre for another fantastic season. Timothy is from Anderson, South Carolina, where he earned a BA in Theatre with a Concentration in Theatrical Design. Although his love for theatre is vast, his focus remains in Stage Management. Some of his favorite credits include A Raisin in the SunThe MisanthropeJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Shrek the Musical. He is blessed to have such a loving a supportive family, and without them he would not be here today.
Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Jeremy Littlejohn (Artistic Director) grew up right down the road in Elkhart, Indiana, and came to work at Amish Acres for the first time in 1997.  Since becoming Artistic Director in 2007, he has supervised over sixty productions in seven seasons.  Some of his recent favorites include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair, Driving Miss Daisy, Nunsense A-Men, The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors and Doubt.  Jeremy created the Second Stage Series located down the hall in the Locke Township Meeting House.  The program brought plays to Amish Acres for the first time in 2004 and recently added musicals to its repertoire in 2014.  He also enjoys working on the Theater for Young Audience series, and he has shed light on more than thirty RBT productions.  He loves his lady, his family, his kitty, and he is so pleased to be spending another season in Nappanee! 

Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer) founded Amish Acres with his father, LaVern in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored, and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment with dinner theatre in 1971, he added musical theatre to the farm's historic interpretation by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to its permanent residence in The Round Barn Theatre in 1992. The musical has been running for 28 consecutive years, having surpassed 3,700 performances in front of over 355,000 audience members. Plain and Fancy's Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.

At Joseph Stein’s urging, Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotating repertory with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced over 100 Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Seven of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced at The Round Barn Theatre, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, Carmelina and a Second Stage production of Enter Laughing.

In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ 20 year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers’ and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre for Joseph Stein at the York Theatre in 2007. Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets for children.

Tom Slavey (Bass / Technical Director) was born and raised in Bremen, Indiana. Upon graduation from Bremen High School, Tom moved to Los Angeles to pursue and enhance his love of music. While in California, he learned carpentry, and started his own construction business, while playing his music at night in the clubs of Hollywood and Orange County. He moved back to Indiana to be of service to his immediate family, and to start a family of his own.

Travis Smith (Music Director) is thankful to be back for his 6th season here at Amish Acres.  Not only has he music directed practically every show in the last 6 years, but he has also been seen as a performer.  Favorite roles include Lord Farquaad in Shrek, Sister Amnesia in Nunsense A-Men and the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz.  He is also a composer and arranger having written many shows through out the last few years including Steeple People: A Southern Gospel Comedy.  Many of the children's shows he has written and collaborated on are seen and even performed by thousands of kids every year.
For more info please visit www.travis-smith.com. Thank you for supporting live theatre!!

 

 

 

About the Creator...Roger Bean

Roger Bean (Playwright) is the creator of the long-running off-Broadway smash hit The Marvelous Wonderettes, which has played in hundreds of theaters around the world. Mr. Bean also created two popular sequels for the song leaders from Springfield High: The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns and the holiday celebration Winter Wonderettes. Original cast albums for all three Wonderettes shows are available online at Amazon and iTunes. Additional jukebox hits from Mr. Bean include Summer of Love, The Andrews Brothers, Why Do Fools Fall In Love?, Route 66, and the doo-wop hit Life Could Be A Dream, recipient of the LA Drama Critics Circle Award, the LA Weekly Theatre Award and the Backstage Garland Award for Outstanding Musical.

 


OUR MARVELOUS MUSIC
Music Clearance by Rubicon II Music Clearance, Burbank, CA.
All Songs Used By Permission. All Rights Reserved.
All International Copyrights Secured.

All I Have To Do Is Dream by B. Bryant © courtesy of House of Bryant Publications.
Allegheny Moon by Al Hoffman & Dick Manning ©1956 (renewed) Music Sales Corporation (ASCAP), Al Hoffman Songs, Inc. (ASCAP).
Born Too Late by Charles Strouse & Fred Tobias © Used by special arrangement with Williamson Music, on behalf of Charles Strouse Music (ASCAP). All rights for Fred Tobias courtesy of Holee Music.
Chipmunk Cheer © Courtesy of Steele Spring Stage Rights.
Dream Lover by Bobby Darin © Used by arrangement with Alley Music Corporation, and Trio Music Company, Inc.
Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight © words and music by Calvin Carter & James Hudson, Used through the courtesy of Arc Music Corp. (BMI)
(Love is Like A) Heatwave by Edward Holland, Jr., Lamont Dozier & Brian Holland © Stone Agate Music, courtesy of EMI Music Publishing.
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me by Harry Noble, Jr. © EMI Mills Music, Inc.
I Only Want To Be With You by Mike Hawker & Ivor Raymonde ©1963 (renewed) Chappell Music Ltd. (PRS) All rights on behalf of Chappell Music Ltd. (PRS) administered by Chappell & Co. (ASCAP)
It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song) by Rudy Clark © Used by permission of Trio Music Company, Inc.
It’s My Party by Herb Weiner, John Gluck & Wally Gold ©1963 Chappell & Co. (ASCAP)
Leader Of The Pack by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich & George Morton © Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.
Lipstick On Your Collar by George Goehring, Edna Lewis ©1959 (renewed) Chappell & Co. (ASCAP)
Lollipop by Beverly Ross & Julius Dixon © Used by arrangement with Edward B. Marks Music Company
Lucky Lips by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Maybe by Richard Barrett © EMI Longitude MusicRider
Maybe I Know by Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich © Used by arrangement with Universal – Songs of Polygram International, Inc. (BMI) and Trio Music Company, Inc.
Mr. Lee by Reather Dixon, Helen Gathers, Emma Pought, Jannie Pought & Laura Webb ©1957 (renewed) Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI) & PRE Music Company (BMI)
Mr. Sandman by Pat Ballard © Used by permission of Edwin H. Morris & Company, a Division of MPL Communications Inc.
Needle In A Haystack by William Stevenson and Norman J. Whitfield © Stone Agate Music, courtesy of EMI Music Publishing
Rescue Me by Raynard Miner & Carl Smith © Used through the courtesy of Chevis Publishing Corp.
Respect by Otis Redding © Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
Secret Love by Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster ©1966 WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Sincerely words and music by Alan Freed & Harvey Fuqua © Irving Music, Inc., on behalf of Alan Freed Music (BMI) © Liason II Music Publishing (BMI)
Son Of A Preacher Man by John Hurley & Ronnie Wilkins © Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Stupid Cupid by Howard Greenfield & Neil Sedaka © Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc.
Sugartime by Otis Echols Jr. & Charlie Phillips © Used by permission of MPL Communications, Administered by Melody Lane Publications, Inc.
Teacher’s Pet by Joe Lubin © Courtesy of Daywin Music (BMI), Administered by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc. (BMI)
Thank You And Goodnight by Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer & Marty Sanders © Courtesy of Grand Canyon Music, Inc.
That’s When The Tears Start by Van McCoy © courtesy of Van McCoy Music, Inc.
Wedding Bell Blues by Laura Nyro © EMI Blackwood Music, Inc.
With This Ring by Luther Dixon, Anthony Hester & Richard Wylie © Twenty-Nine Black Music, Mietus Copyright
You Don’t Own Me by John Madara, David White ©1963 Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)

 

 

amish acresThe Marvelous Wonderettes
Theme Dinner: April 17

A white tablecloth event to celebrate The Round Barn Theatre productions through menus conceived by Richard Pletcher and created by chef Ruth Miller. Show references and double entendres, no matter how obscure or ridiculous, are often highlighted in bold letters. Recipes are prepared by Ruth, whose sense of humor is stirred into the pot and skillet. All menu items are subject to change by the whim of the chef. The responsibility for such frovility rests soley with Richard Pletcher.

Reservations Required. 
For reservations call (800) 800-4942.
Amish Acres

The 1958 Senior Prom

Soup
Roger Bean Soup

Appetizers
Lipstick Collars
Needle in a Haystack Salad Suzy's Salad

Breads
Betty Jean's Buns

Entrees
Heatwave Ham Steak Sincerely

Pasta
Four Part Pasta

Vegetables
Prom Mixer
Mashed Potatoes, ya, ya, ya

Desserts
Lollipops
Stupid Cupid Custard Sugartime
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

Beverages
Iced Tea
Lemonade
Coffees
Round Barn Craft Beers (extra charge) Round Barn Wines (extra charge)