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December 7 - December 24

The Marvelous Wonderettes :Caps and Gowns

The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns

The girls with big skirts, big voices and big dreams are back with another musical trip down memory lane! We’re back in 1958, and it’s time for the Wonderettes to graduate in this delightful sequel to last season’s hit! Join Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy as they sing about their final year in high school, celebrate and prepare for their next step toward a bright future. Act Two zooms ahead to 1968, where the girls celebrate Missy’s marriage to Mr. Lee! Featuring “Rock Around the Clock,” “At the Hop,” “Dancing in the Street,” “River Deep, Mountain High” and 25 more hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns will have you cheering for more!


The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns

Written by Roger Bean

Directed by Melissa Rain Anderson

December 7 – December 24

Run Time: 2 hours including intermission

 

Suitable for ages 10 and up

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AUDRA CRAMER | Missy

AUDRA CRAMER Attention: Eyes! Audra is absolutely thrilled to be performing at Geva in a role she’s played three times before at The Oregon Cabaret Theatre. She most recently played Aquata in The Little Mermaid at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. When she is not performing on stage, Ms. Cramer works as a music director and private voice/piano instructor in NYC. She has been the Head Music Director at Long Lake Camp for the Arts for the past five summers. Thanks to Melissa, Don, Rachael, Christina, and Ally for this dream experience. And super special thanks to Paudra, Mom, Dad, and Family for their continuous support.

CHRISTINA STROUP | Betty Jean

CHRISTINA STROUP just closed the world premiere of The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream Onand is on the original cast album.  Regional Credits include The Marvelous Wonderettes series; Into The Woods (The Witch); Putting It Together; Sweet Potato Queens(Floozie Tammy; world premiere); The Light in the Piazza (Franca); A Catered Affair (Jane); It’s Only Life; The World Goes Round; Pump Boys and Dinettes (Rhetta); Smokey Joe’s Café; Beehive; Reefer Madness; The Music ManPanto Snow Queen: Unfrozen (Red Hot Mama); Panto Sleeping Beauty; Working (Delores/Sharon); Hello, Dolly!; A Wonderful Life(Mrs. Martini/Karen); Company(Marta); Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman); Chicago (Mama Morton) and Guys and Dolls (Sarah).  Ms. Stroup earned her B.F.A. Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State. BTP Alumni. AEA Member.

ALLY YOUNG-PRICE | Suzy

ALLY YOUNG PRICE is SO excited to come back to the Wonderettes after the production at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre and even more excited to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut! Some of her other favorite credits include Nancy in Fancy Nancy: The Musical, Nellie in Up on the Rooftop, and Patty Simcox inGrease I want to say thank you to Melissa, this amazing group of women and of course, to Nathan and my family. Thank you for your continuous love and support! Now let’s have some fun!! For more go to www.allyyoungprice.com

ROGER BEAN | Creator

ROGER BEAN is the creator of the long-running Off-Broadway smash hit The Marvelous Wonderettes, which has played in hundreds of theatres around the world. Mr. Bean also created two popular sequels for the song leaders from Springfield High: The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gownsand 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.

MELISSA RAIN ANDERSON | Director

MELISSA RAIN ANDERSON returns to Geva Theatre Center, where she is an Artistic Affiliate. At Geva, Melissa has appeared in numerous productions and directed this seasons first production of In the Heights, last season’s productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (featuring 2 Ring Circus) and The Marvelous Wonderettes also 2015’s hit production of Monty Python’s Spamalot! and the 2014 production of The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee. Regional credits include A Christmas Carol at The Denver Center Theater Company ‘16 ’17The Cocoanuts at Utah Shakespeare Festival; Spamalot! and The Little Mermaid at Arkansas Repertory Theatre; the Houston premiere of Next to Normal  (Houston Press Award Best Musical) as well as the entire Wonderettes Series including the World Premiere of  The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On at Stages Repertory Theatre; Always….Patsy Cline at PCPA Theatrefest, The Comedy of ErrorsThe Fantasticks and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at the Great River Shakespeare Festival.  Upcoming projects include Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns on Geva’s Fielding Stage; The Marvelous Wonderettes at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Seussical (featuring 2 Ring Circus) at Cape Fear Regional Theatre and Big River at Utah Shakespeare Festival. Ms. Anderson lives in New York City with her husband, actor Jim Poulos. Please visit melissarainanderson.com.

DON KOT | Musical Director

DON KOT is Resident Music Director and Affiliate Artist at Geva Theatre Center where he celebrates his seventeenth season!  Geva productions include In the Heights,  The Marvelous Wonderettes, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, All Your Questions Answered (world premiere), Next to Normal, Avenue Q, CompanyThe Music ManFive Course LoveSweeney ToddCabaretUrinetownA Chorus LineCamelot1776A Christmas Carol, Sister’s Christmas Catechism, Convenience and as part of the Festival of New Plays, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the WorldOne For My Babyrightnextto me, Tomorrowland and An Evening with Mrs. Kasha Davis, International Celebrity Housewife.  He was also vocal coach and music arranger forPrivate Lives, Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant (world premiere), The Odd Couple, Informed Consent, You Can’t Take It With You, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The House in Hydesville, Our Town, and Inherit the Wind.  Mr. Kot has performed Off-Broadway at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at Pershing Square Signature Center, 45 Bleecker Street Theatre, Laurie Beechman Theatre, and at the Toronto Fringe Festival.  Other regional credits include The Music Man, The Best of Forbidden BroadwaySmokey Joe’s CaféLeader of the PackHonk!, and The Most Happy Fella.  National touring productions: FosseFootlooseFiddler on the RoofThe King and IMamma Mia, and Hairspray.  Mr. Kot is the Coordinator of the Musical Theatre degree program at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

IAN HILDRETH | Sound Design

IAN HILDRETH has been designing and audio engineering at Geva Theatre Center for eight years. Past designs include Spamalot, the world premiere of The Road to WhereThe 25thAnnual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Pump Boys and DinettesMoM: A Rock Concert Musical, Next to Normal, Avenue Q, Fences, 3 Mo’ Divas and Carry It On. Associate designs include The Whipping Man, Dracula, Two Jews Walk Into a War and Radio Golf.

STEPHIE KESSELRING | Stage Manager

STEPHIE KESSELRING is delighted to return to Geva Theatre Center for her seventh season. Some favorite productions at Geva include Spamalot!A Moon for the Misbegotten, Little Shop of Horrors, The 39 Steps, Good People, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Perfect Wedding, Over the Tavern and Next to Normal. She has also stage managed Bob, A Body of Water, An Iliad, andDancing Lessons in the Fielding Stage; Action and Reaction, a staged reading of Macbeth at American Globe Theatre; and the Off-Broadway production of Captain Marbles and His Acting Squad.