The off-Broadway smash hit runs Feb. 2-18, 2024, at the HCCT.
Actors should prepare a song from the 1950s or ’60s that shows off their voice. During the audition, you’ll be asked to read from the script and learn a quick movement combo, so wear the right shoes.
“The Marvelous Wonderettes” starts off at the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where the audience meets Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy: four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. Act II takes place during their 10-year reunion, when the women reunite, perform, and spotlight the highs and lows they have experienced in the past decade and how they conquered it together, no matter what life threw their way. The musical features more than 30 hits from the ’50s and ’60s.
Cindy Lou, age 18-28 — She knows she’s the prettiest girl at Springfield High. She also knows she will be named prom queen and acts out against her best friend, Betty Jean, when things don’t go her way. She makes the biggest change between Acts I and II, having learned the lessons of true love and loss. Vocal range: mezzo-soprano belt, E3-F5.
Betty Jean, age 18-28 — She’s the class clown and tomboy, always vying for attention with Cindy Lou, her best friend. Cindy Lou steals Betty Jean’s boyfriend, which causes a lot of friction at the prom. She holds this grudge until the two make up at their 10-year reunion. Vocal range: alto with strong low range, D3-E5.
Missy, age 18-28 — She is the over-achiever of the group. Very controlled, very concerned that everything at the prom turns out wonderful and perfect. Head of the Prom Decorations Committee and absolutely smitten with her music teacher. Her best friend is Suzy. Vocal range: soprano, G3-A5.
Suzy, age 18-28 — She’s the gum-chewing, happy-go-lucky, go-along girl. Super-best friends with Missy, Suzy is always a little giddy and a little silly and finds great pleasure in everything she does. In love with the lighting operator and completely surprised when named prom queen. Frustrated, sad, hormonal, and pregnant in Act II. This role requires an excellent part singer and comedienne. Vocal range: mezzo-alto with both sweet and soulful voice, G3-E5.