By Bonnie Goldberg

Fluff out your crinoline skirts, pin on your gardenia corsage, tie on your powder blue satin dance card and straighten your beau’s black tie for it’s time for the high school super senior prom, especially if you’re part of the Springfield High School class of 1958. The dance committee has been working overtime to decorate the gym with crepe paper and stars and now get ready to dance with your sweetie as the Marvelous Wonderettes sing every song they know.


Ivoryton Playhouse is all spiffed up for a nostalgic visit to high school days until Sunday, October 16 as “The Marvelous Wonderettes” perform the hits of the 1950’s and 1960’s. This musical rock and roll marathon is courtesy of Roger Bean, with musical arrangements by Brian William Baker and orchestrations by Michael Borth, under the snazzy direction of John Sebastian DeNicola.


A quartet of seniors, dressed like a pastel rainbow, are anxious to make this prom night special.  Forget for a moment that Betty Jean and Cindy Lou are fighting over the same boy or that Missy has a crush on the favorite teacher “Mr. Lee” or that Suzy is campaigning to be the coveted queen of the hop, with her guy Richie as king.


The golden oldies flow out like a jukebox that exploded and you’ll find yourself humming along to “Lollipop,” “Mr. Sandman,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Heat Wave,” “Bill,” “It’s in His Kiss,” “It’s My Party” and “Leader of the Pack,” and many more.


Hormones are hopping out of control as Betty Jean (Paige Neal), Cindy Lou (Melissa Robinette), Missy (Danielle Erin Rhodes) and Suzy (Alanna Wilson) decide if their status as B. F.F.s (Best Friends Forever) will survive the evening. They are cute, chipper, especially when they act like the school’s mascot (chipmunks) and they harmonize like a dream.


For tickets ($40, seniors $35, students $20, children $15), call the Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton at 860-767-7318 or online at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees Wednesday and Sunday at 2 p.m.


Come a little early and walk across the street to the new “Six Summit Gallery,” an eclectic art space, run by Leonardo Feroleto, that is currently featuring “Juxaposed Exhibition” until November 20th, a collection of art by women that has been assembled by Alyssa Monks, juror. A reception is slated for Saturday, October 15 from 6-11 p.m. and a post reception toast for Sunday, October 16 from noon-5 p.m. 


An added bonus is a bench on display carved by Zeb and Ted Esselstyn from the giant sugar maple tree that once stood proudly in front of the Ivoryton Playhouse. Under that gentle tree the likes of Katherine Hepburn, Art Carney and Marlon Brando are said to have rehearsed.


Come enjoy a sentimental trip back in time to see who will be crowned queen and king of the prom and stick around for the girls’ tenth year reunion.


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