TexARTS Announces Casting for THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES

The TexARTS Professional Series closes its 2016-17 season with Austin premier of Roger Bean's Off-Broadway hit musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes, which will be presented February 17 - 26 at the Kam & James Morris Theatre in Lakeway.

The cast features LAuren DeFilippo (Riverside Theatre's Crazy for You) as Suzy, Leslie Ann Leal (Zach's Evita) as Cindy Lou, Lilly Lane Stafford (UT Theatre and Dance's Little Women) as Betty Jean, and Christina Stroup (Stages Repertory Theatre's The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On) as Missy. The company includes Toni Baker, Emily McIntyre and Devin Medley.

The show is directed and choreographed by New York-based director, Kimberly Schafer. Ms. Schafer returns to TexARTS having previously choreographed the TexARTS summer hit, All Shook Up. Award-winning music director, Lyn Koenning serves as the production's musical director.

The creative team features Donna Coughlin (scenic design), Chris Arthur (costume design), and Reilly Cox (properties design).

Created by Roger Bean, this smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic '50s hits including "Lollipop," "Dream Lover," "Heatwave," and "It's In His Kiss." In act two, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring over 30 classic '50s and '60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderetteswill keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane! The production was call, "One irresistible musical! An utter charm bomb!" by The New York Times.

Single tickets start at $40. Single tickets are available by calling TexARTS Box Office at 512-852-9079 x101 or at www.tex-arts.org. All ages are welcome and parking is free. Group rates are available.

February 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 pm, February 19 and 26 at 2:00 pm. A special student preview performance will be held February 16 at 7:30 pm.

All performances will be held at the intimate Kam & James Morris Theatre at TexARTS' Erin Doherty Studios, 2300 Lohman's Spur, Suite #160, Lakeway, TX. The lounge opens one hour prior to curtain and offers beer, wine and light snacks. Parking is free.

TexARTS, the Lake Travis nonprofit for the visual and performing arts, offers completely staged professional productions and is a performing and visual arts educational academy. TexARTS is proud to employ hundreds of professional regional actors, musicians and artistic staff living here in Austin.

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