Get ready for a charming blast into the past with Actors Theatre of Charlottes production of The Marvelous Wonderettes.
The Marvelous Wonderettes showcases the talent of four high school seniors who take the audience on a journey, telling their life stories via classic jukebox hits. The entire theater looks as if it could pass for a high school gym with Christmas lights draped across the ceiling that light up in beat to the songs.
The Wonderettes are four wonderfully talented performers. Lauren Marlowe Segal (Cindy Lou) had a standout performance. Her heartfelt rendition of The Chantels hit Maybe brought the audience to tears. Michelle Fleshman-Cross also gave a great performance as Betty Jean, with one of the strongest voices in the group. Sarah Mack (Missy) and Karen Christensen (Suzy) both had spot-on comedic timing.
There are times when you really feel like part of the production. Especially when Missy pulls her beloved Mr. Lee from the audience. When watching the performers serenade an innocent theatergoer with love songs, one cant help but laugh.
While this show had many marvelous aspects to it, there are a few weak points, most of which arent through any fault of the performers or Actors Theatre of Charlotte itself. The Marvelous Wonderettes is not your average show. There really isnt a plot per se; instead, its more individual storytelling through song. While this is entertaining, and the performers are very talented, you dont feel as much of a connection with the characters.
The only time you really feel connected is in the second act, when the Wonderettes transition from bubbly high school seniors performing at their prom to women with grown-up problems: jobs, husbands and heartbreak.
Overall, The Marvelous Wonderettes is a fun show with catchy, well-known music and spectacular performances. If youre planning to see this production, be prepared for a marvelously wonderful night.
Alexis Williams is a junior at Charlotte Christian School.