Live Show Returns to the Professional Stage at Theater NorthWest


At the Theater NorthWest, the Marvelous Wonderettes will offer musical entertainment from the beeboppin era of the 50s and 60s.

The Marvelous Wonderettes will provide musical entertainment from the beeboppin era of the 50s and 60s.

Theater NorthWest presents the show from November 18 to December 8 featuring two local actors in lead roles and a local music group to accompany them.

When the glee club, which includes Missy, Suzy, Betty Jean and Cindy Lou, comes together at the last minute to sing at their graduation party, the spotlight puts on a little too much pressure as their personal lives collide with hilarious fashion. High School.

Audience members will see this happen in the first act while during the second act the same characters are seen at their high school reunion 10 years later.

Local stars of the show include Shelby Meaney who plays Cindy Lou and Maggie Trepanier who plays Betty Jean. Ali Watson from Vancouver plays Suzi and Becca Thackray from Victoria plays Missy.

“Betty Jean is the joker, the least assembled of the bunch,” Trépanier said of her character.

All a viewer has to do is look at their choice of shoes to know that Betty Jean is a little rebellious. She wears her comfy saddle shoes with her frilly dress instead of the expected dress shoes with heels and sensible ankle straps that should be part of her 1957 ball gown ensemble.

“She’s a little eccentric and likes to play pranks and she has a very interesting relationship with Cindy Lou, who Shelby Meaney plays, and it’s super fun because Shelby and I have known each other for years,” Trepanier said. “We’ve worked together before so it’s really fun that we’re both back. Prince george and we get this really silly, fun relationship together.

Trepanier returned to Prince George in March 2020 after earning her Masters in Musical Theater in England, while Meaney returned five years ago after attending musical theater school in Toronto at Randolph College for the Performing Arts and touring the world for a while and hasn’t been on a Prince George stage since Legally Blonde three and a half years ago.

Trépanier said she is so happy to do a professional show at home.

“I’m so excited for everyone here to come and see it,” said Trépanier.

Being in musical theater, a performer has to be a triple threat – strong in song, dance and acting.

“Particularly in this show, the vocals are so important that we pretty much sing the entire show,” Trépanier said.

“It’s a challenge but it’s great because it gives me a chance to show more acting and singing skills because I haven’t had the opportunity to do more because I’ve generally done more of dance roles. It’s really exciting because I trained for it and now I can evolve those skills a bit. “

Director Sarah Rodgers loves this show and knows audiences will too.

She has extensive experience in the theater arts starting with her Bachelor of Arts in Performance which she obtained from UBC, after being a professional actress for 15 years, she decided to focus her energy on directing. and returned to university in 2003 to earn her MA in Fine Arts. in direction.

“I’ve been realizing it thoroughly since then,” Rodgers said.

“I love musicals – I direct everything and have done seven seasons of Theater Under the Stars in Vancouver, which are the great outdoor musicals, which prepared me very well for this jukebox musical.

Rodgers said she was very happy with the way the series is developing.

“And you know there are two local girls who are amazing and it’s great to see them play at this level,” said Rodgers.

“Everyone is at the same professional level and they all have what I call crazy skills. They are all a triple threat. The show is a celebration of the music of the 1950s and 1960s and also the joy of the friendship of these young women in the days of bubble gum innocence.

When it comes to music from the 60s, it’s all about the sound of Motown.

“It’s also about these beautiful young women from very different eras – the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement,” Rodgers said. “And what I love about these young women is that it’s about emancipation songs like You Don’t Own Me, It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To to give to the audience. a foretaste of this beautiful era. It’s one of those musicals where the audience will recognize every song and it’s a nostalgic toe-tapping spectacle. It is such a pleasant sight.

For more information and tickets, visit https://tickets.theatrenorthwest.com.

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