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Let it snow — with ‘Winter Wonderettes’

By David Straight
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy PSAC Jamie Finkenthal plays Cindy Lou when the Thingamajig Theatre Company presents “Winter Wonderettes,” the sequel to the long-running off-Broadway production “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” The show opens Dec. 13  at The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

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Jamie Finkenthal plays Cindy Lou when the Thingamajig Theatre Company presents “Winter Wonderettes,” the sequel to the long-running off-Broadway production “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” The show opens Dec. 13  at The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

The Marvelous Wonderettes are back, but this time, they’re the “Winter Wonderettes.”

Thingamajig Theatre Company presents the sequel to the long-running Off-Broadway production “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” opening Dec. 13  at The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

With a holiday theme, the Wonderettes have come together once again for a return engagement, this time serving as the entertainment at Harper’s Hardware Store’s annual Christmas party.

Written by Roger Bean (“The Marvelous Wonderettes”), “Winter Wonderettes” premiered at Milwaukee Repertory in November 2003, and has been seen in various regional theatres around the country.

“Winter Wonderettes” plays at the Center for the Arts through Dec. 29.  It stars Karen Jeffreys  as Missy, Boni McIntyre as Betty Jean, Jamie Finkenthal as Cindy Lou and Margaret Ozaki as Suzy. Pat Payne returns to Pagosa Springs to direct the production and Ryan Hazelbaker provides the show with Broadway pizazz through his choreography. Pagosa resident Venita Burch has the girls singing like angels as the show’s music director.

Thingamajig Theatre Artistic Director Tim Moore provides some insight into the story. “Winter Wonderettes is the sequel to “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” It takes place in 1968 at Harper’s Hardware, which is where the character Betty Jean works, and it’s the annual Holiday party. All the employees and friends and family of the workers of Harper’s are in attendance (the audience). When Santa Claus doesn’t make it to the party as planned, Betty Jean gets her friends “The Wonderettes” and brings the group back together to perform the entertainment.

“It’s all great holiday songs, performed with high energy choreography and an endearing story,” said Moore. “Just as in film, many sequels to beloved theatre productions, don’t seem to have the mix of successful ingredients their original works did, but ‘Winter Wonderettes’ is a really special show. It’s every bit as fun as ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’ and the holiday arrangement of music is the perfect fit for these amazing vocalists. Best yet, it’s a family show. Bring the kids and out-of-town guests.”

Thingamajig Theatre Company is offering special ticket prices for kids 12 years and under ($10) and, as always, offers discounted rates to groups of 10 or more with advanced payment. Thingamajig anticipates capacity houses for “Winter Wonderettes,” so purchase your tickets far in advance.

“Our family oriented performances have always sold incredibly well,” said Moore. “Last year’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ was our best selling holiday show to date and I expect ‘Winter Wonderettes’ to eclipse its success. Everyone loves music and this show features some of the finest vocalists to step on our stage. Folks are in for a real treat.”

Thingamajig Theatre Company presents “Winter Wonderettes” by Roger Bean, directed by Pat Payne, Dec. 13–29 at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. Showtimes are weekdays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with a  special Christmas Eve performance at 7 p.m.

For tickets and information, visit pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW.

This story was posted on November 21, 2013.