‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’
Wanting to try something different Krista Jenkins from All Hat No Cattle traded in her western guitar for a motorcycle jacket.
The Fish Springs resident is portraying Betty Jean (BJ) Reynolds in Carson Valley Community Theatre’s production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”
“I knew I could do the singing part of it, and I wanted to push myself,” Jenkins said of taking on the role. “We’re learning four-part harmony, so that’s a lot of fun. I’ve always been behind a guitar, so working with a choreographer is new to me. It’s very hard work, but a lot of fun.”
Jenkins said she is enjoying the flexibility to play her character.
“BJ is kind of a prankster. She’s a tom boy and competitive with Cindy Lou who tries to steal her boyfriend,” Jenkins said. “The music is really good and the girls I’m working with are really good. I’m looking forward to showing off our goofy talent.”
Written and created by Roger Bean, the show is coming to the CVIC Hall 7:30 p.m. Saturday and July 23-25, and 2 p.m. Sunday and July 26.
This cotton candy-colored musical focuses on four satin and sequined high school girls first performing at their 1958 high school prom, and then 10 years later at their reunion.
The 33 songs from the 1950s and ’60s include “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party” and others.
“Rehearsals are going well, that’s not to say that these women have not worked tirelessly to bring a fabulous show to this Valley under the musical direction of Melanie Grogan soon to be Johnson —she’s getting married the day we open,” Director Lucille Rao said. “We have been rehearsing since the third week of April sometimes five to six hours a night. We had one set back earlier in the process, we had to replace a cast member due to an illness, but Ann Delahay stepped in one month into rehearsals and she picked up the music like the true theatre veteran that she is.”
Brittney Kinsey plays Cindy Lou Huffington, the prettiest girl at Springfield High.
“I enjoy how much singing and dancing we do. It’s nonstop,” Kinsey said. “It’s perfect timing for Hot August Nights. It’s a bunch of ’50s and ’60s songs to put everybody in the mood.”
“Leader of the Pack” is the Sparks resident’s favorite song in the show.
“That’s the motorcycle song,” she said. “It’s cute and we have the motorcycle jackets and sunglasses. It’s a changing point for my character as well.”
Tickets are $18 general, $16 students, seniors and $20 at the door.
They are available at showtix4u.com or visit the box office at 1572 Highway 395 in Minden.
For more information call 775-292-0939, or visit http://www.carsonvalleycommunitytheatre.org.