The Marvelous Wonderettes - Dream On

The Marvelous Wonderettes - Dream On
By Roger Bean. Ballina Players, Players Theatre. Directors: Paul and Sue Belsham. 24th August – 9th September, 2018.

Following on from their successful season last year, the Players are presenting the sequel which brings us another 10 years down the track in the lives of this High School quartet and into the 70’s.

Ballina has been fortunate in being able to present 3 of last year’s cast: Candace Baldwin, Helen Jarvis and Jo Fletcher (recreating their original characters) together with Mel Strawbridge and supported by a number of cameo appearances from some of the people in their lives.

Once again, the directors have let the music be the hero of the piece with the many memorable hits loosely held together by banter, with the four girls being on stage for the entire performance.

We were informed (prior to the performance) that there were several “deputies” in the pit, and one of the girls was unwell, but, with the occasional sip of water, she “soldiered on” and maintained the standard of the show.

The rousing finale of the show, ‘We Are Family’, is the feeling one always gets from this theatre company.

Roger McKenzie

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