Columbians Provide ‘A Charming Musical in 4-Part Harmony’ in ‘Marvelous Wonderettes’ at Open Door in Oak Park

Open Door Theater’s The Marvelous Wonderettes, whose cast and creative/production team include several Columbia College faculty, students, and alumni, got a glowing review from blogger Doug Deuchler.

“If you’re looking for a night out that is pure escapism, The Marvelous Wonderettes . . . is the ticket,” wrote Deuchler. “It’s a charming little musical, fun for all ages, but it is especially a good time if you are old enough to remember the mostly doo-wop classics that are sung in four-part harmony by the adorable all-girl quartet of the title.”

Directed and choreographed by faculty member Ashton Byrum, this jukebox musical about a female vocal quartet at a 1950s high school features student Elya Bottiger (pictured above, in blue dress). Faculty member Patti Roeder designed the costumes, alumni Dustin Pettegrew and Josh Prisching designed the set and lights respectively, and alumna Allison Ennis is the stage manager.

“Byrum stages this show with exuberance and joy. There are some nifty dance moves and each of the performers provides lots of funny business to really sell the numbers,” said Deuchler, going on to praise “the formidable foursome of singer-actresses” and Pettegrew’s “great set,” also noting: “Roeder’s costumes are colorful and detailed. They’re campy and cute, adding a lot to the characters.”

Also in the production, though not seen onstage, is Theatre Department Interim Chair Paul Amandes, who “provides the voice of the high school principal, barking announcements over the loud speakers,” Deuchler noted.

The show runs through February 22 at 902 S. Ridgeland in Oak Park. Tickets: 708-342-0810.