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It's community theatre at its finest.
You might say it was a thumbs-up production.
Five couples from Blooming Prairie last Saturday night sampled some outstanding entertainment by taking in a play at the Little Theatre in Owatonna. Judy and I were fortunate to be one of the lucky couples to see The Marvelous Wonderettes.
Four young women displayed their acting talents that brought back some memories of the 50s and 60s when we were in high school attending the senior prom (1958) and 10 years later at the reunion (1968).
This production directed by Bev Cashman and Kathy Purdie was a true example of how entertaining community theatre can be. Community theatre is just that, theatre produced by local communities.
Playing the parts of the Wonderettes were: Jamie Jennissen (Cindy Lou), Emma Hellevik (Missy), Angela Shoquist (Suzy) and Paige Anselmo (Betty Jean). Supporting roles were given to Hank Bell (Richie), a member of the audience (Mr. Lee).
Act 1 opened with the Wonderettes singing "Mr. Sandman." Music continued with the Wonderettes doing a "Sugar and Spice Medley" of "Lollipop/Sugartime."
The music continued with Cindy Lou singing "Allegheny Moon." Suzy sang "Stupid Cupid." Betty Jean sang "Lipstick on Your Collar." Missy sang "Secret Love." Act one ended with Suzy crowned Queen of the Prom.
Each performer had her own captivating voice. They sang softly and at times very demonstrative.
Act 2 continued at the high school reunion at Springfield High School in 1968. The singers looked 10 years older and Suzy was in a motherly way.
All four actors/singers sang three selections in Act two with the Wonderettes providing backup.
Missy sang "It's in His Kiss," "Wedding Bell Blues," "You Don't Own Me" and "With This Ring."
Betty Jean did "I Only Want to be with you," "That's When the Tears Start" and "It's My Party."
Next came Cindy Lou singing "Son of a Preacher Man," "Leader of the Pack" and ""Maybe." Cindy did an outstanding rendition of "Leader. . ."  while wearing a black leather jacket. This tune was originally done by the Shangri-Las.
Suzy closed the performance with "Maybe I Know," "Rescue Me,," and 'RESPECT."
The cast closed with "Thank You and Goodnight"/"Sincerely (Reprise).
Hats off to Cindy Lou, Missy, Suzy and Betty Jean for turning in a very professional-type performance.
Three performances remain: Oct. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. Do yourself a favor and attend one of the remaining shows.
Little Theatre's upcoming schedule includes "Every Christmas Story Ever Told" on Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 10-12.

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