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'The Marvelous Wonderettes' In Fredericksburg

Since its debut in Milwaukee in 1999, The Marvelous Wonderettes has proven enduringly popular. The jukebox musical, which focuses on a four-member girl group performing at their 1958 high school prom and their 1968 class reunion, has been produced at theaters across the country, eventually enjoying an Off-Broadway run in 2008. 

Now, it's being staged in the Hill Country by the Frederecksburg Theater Company. For a musical, it's a fairly cozy show, with a relatively simple set and only four cast members. "It's a much more intimate experience than doing a larger production where you've got forty, fifty, sixty people on stage," says actress Heidi Melton. "It's just the four of us... so we really get to bond a lot more."

For her castmate Christy Brown, performing in The Marvelous Wonderettes is a treat, because she's been a lifelong fan of the '50s and '60s songs that make up the show. "I was raised with this music," she says. "So whenever I found out about the show, I was like, 'Yes! Finally! A show that I already know by heart!'"

The Marvelous Wonderettes runs through August 20 at the Fredericksburg Theater.

Mike is the production director at KUT, where he’s been working since his days as an English major at the University of Texas. He produces Arts Eclectic, Get Involved, and the Sonic ID project, and also produces videos and cartoons for KUT.org. When pressed to do so, he’ll write short paragraphs about himself in the third person, but usually prefers not to.
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