Popular songs from the 1950s and ’60s will shimmy onto stage this month as Dakota Wesleyan University students present “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”
“The Marvelous Wonderettes” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 17-18, and March 24-25, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 19 and March 26, in the Patten-Wing Theatre in Hughes Hall on campus. General admission is $12, tickets for DWU students, staff and faculty are $5 with a DWU I.D., and can be purchased at the door or online at www.dwu.edu/tickets.
The cast includes Alaina Bertsch, senior, Mitchell; Jenna Miller ’15, Mitchell; Lisa Stanley, senior, Box Elder; and Rachelle Steiner, senior, Holstein, Neb.
The musical features more than 30 songs from the ’50s and ’60s and opens with four high school girls at prom in 1958, serenading the audience with 1950s hits like “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” In act two, the Wonderettes are back at Springfield High for their 10-year reunion, sharing what they have been up to since graduation.
“We chose this show because it is a fun musical that highlights some great songs from the 1950s and ’60s that many will recognize, as well as highlights the great talent we have here at DWU,” said Dan Miller, director of theatre at DWU.
“With its energy and recognizable and fun music, we’re looking forward to producing this musical in Patten-Wing as a farewell to the department’s old stage before moving into our new facility this summer.”
Patten-Wing, which was originally built as the university’s chapel and auditorium, has been home to DWU’s music and theatre programs since Hughes Hall was built in 1912.
“One of the biggest reasons we had for choosing a smaller production this year was so that we could perform it in Patten-Wing as a farewell production,” Miller said. “This has been our home for a 100 years, and this will be our last production in it.”
The Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Theatre will move into the new theatre this spring or summer, with a grand opening set for fall. The new facility will be attached to the Dakota Discovery Museum with a black box theatre, offices, dressing rooms and a theatrical scene shop.