The American Coast Theater Company presents a sensational jukebox musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes. The production, directed by Susan K. Berkompas, opens at the Lyceum Theater on Vanguard University’s campus beginning May 28, 2022 and runs five weekends through June 26, 2022. Additional performances are July 7 at Rancho Mission Viejo Esencia Green held – 10th, 2022.
SUSAN K. BERKOMPAS, BFA/MFA in Acting and Directing from CalRep; Professor Berkompas has held the chair for theater studies at the VU for 24 years. She is a member of SDC, SAG and AFTRA. She is a recipient of KCACTF Excellence in Education and Gold Medallion Awards and a graduate of Directors Lab West. She studied Shakespeare with Sir John Barton at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford. She is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of the American Coast Theater Company, and she is Professor of Theater Arts at Vanguard University, where she teaches acting and directing courses. Sue has directed shows such as Othello, The Boys Next Door, Metamorphoses, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Crucible, Kiss Me Kate, Bullshot Crummond and Life Without Parole. She has played roles such as Gertrude (Hamlet), Eleanor (The Lion in Winter), Blanche (A Streetcar Named Desire), Kate (All My Sons), Kate (Taming of the Shrew), Joy (Shadowlands) and Edith/Edie (Graue). gardens). www.SusanBerkompas.com
Synopsis for The Marvelous Wonderettes: This 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 hoop skirts! As we learn more about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ’50s hits like “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” In Act II, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn of the ups and downs the girls have experienced over the past decade and are delighted to find that no matter what life throws at them, they will get through it together. Featuring over 30 classics from the ’50s and ’60s, The Marvelous Wonderettes will make you smile on this musical journey down memory lane!
All performances from May 28 through June 26 will be staged on the Vanguard University campus at the Lyceum Theater. Admission is $30 for general admission and $20 for seniors, children, students and groups. Tickets can be purchased at www.ACTCtickets.com or by calling the theater department at 714-668-6619-6424. Suitable for teenagers and older.
Performance dates and times are May 28, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25 June at 7:30 p.m. and May 28, 29, June 4 , 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th June at 2pm. Performance at Rancho Mission Viejo Esencia Green on July 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th at 8:00 p.m.
For more information about the American Coast Theater Company, visit www.americancoasttheater.com.