We’re back in 1958, and it’s time for the Wonderettes to graduate in this delightful sequel to the smash off-Broadway hit! Join Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy as they sing about their final year in high school, celebrate with their fellow classmates and teachers, and prepare for their next step toward a bright future.
It’s Graduation Day for the Class of 1958 (“Pomp & Circumstance”) and the lights come up on the evening’s special entertainment: The Marvelous Wonderettes (“V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N”). We first met these four best friends and song leaders—Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy—at their Super Senior Prom in “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” and “Caps and Gowns” take us to their final day of school at Springfield High (“Ding Dong”). They announce that the PTA Board has approved the Chipmunk All-Night Rock-and-Roll-a-thon (Rock-at-the-Hop Medley: “Rock Around the Clock”/ ”Rockin’ Robin”/ ”At the Hop”), and we learn that even squares like Suzy’s mom like rock ‘n’ roll music (“Rock and Roll Waltz”). Last week these trophy-winning song-leaders—“Go Chipmunks!”—attended their final paper-shaker camp, and they show us how they won accolades for agility and enthusiasm (Chipmunk Football: “Mr. Touchdown”/ “You Gotta Be a Football Hero”). The Wonderettes excitedly show their admiration for the new leader of the football program, audience-member Coach Warner, Springfield High’s biggest athletic supporter (“Personality”). The girls each reveal a special “last will and testament” for their final day of school (“Dedicated to the One I Love”), and Cindy Lou dedicates her song to the rival high school star quarterback (“My Boy, Flat Top”). Betty Jean quickly grabs the reins to dedicate a song to her long-running on-again, off-again boyfriend Johnny (“Oh Boy!”). Missy dedicates a song to her absolute favorite teacher, Mr. Lee (“Teacher, Teacher”), and passes on her special “Chippie Teacher’s Assistant Manual” to the next Chippie in line (“It’s Only Make Believe”). Suzy reveals she flunked her senior year and has to return for summer school (“Sealed with a Kiss”, “What a Wonderful World”). With their matriculation near (“Springfield High Alma Mater”), we celebrate all of the year’s accomplishments with the senior year slide show (“May You Always”), and look forward to the hopes and dreams of the future on this magical day (“Graduation Day").
Delightful and nostalgic– a guaranteed good time!
Betty Jean (18) is the self-anointed class clown of the group, always vying for attention from her best friend Cindy Lou. She loves boy humor, and is probably the most physically fit out of all the girls—or at least the most ‘sporty.’ Red-headed Betty Jean has a loving heart that is easy to break, as we see in act two. (Alto with strong low range.)
Cindy Lou (18) knows she is the prettiest girl at Springfield High. Her ongoing rivalry with best friend Betty Jean bursts forth throughout their performance, threatening to derail the planned activities of their Graduation Day. Raven-haired Cindy Lou would be considered the ‘bad girl,’ or ‘mean girl’ of the group, but truly has a hidden heart of gold that shines through in act two. (Mezzo Soprano with belt–sings lead on many songs.)
Missy (18) is the over-achiever of the group. She is always ready to cover for mistakes and jump in and save the day. She has been best friends with Suzy since elementary school. Brown-haired Missy’s hidden heart-throb is teacher Mr. Lee, whom she finally weds in act two. (Soprano with wide range and very high vocals.)
Suzy (18) is the gum-chewing, happy-go-lucky, go-along girl. Blonde Suzy is always a little giddy and a little silly, and finds great pleasure in everything she does. Slightly ditzy, act one finds Suzy flunking out of her elective Library class for electing not to go, but finally receives her GED in act two. Her best friend is Missy. (Mezzo Alto with a sweet, soulful sound and big belts.)
Setting: Springfield High School Gymnasium, 1958
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