It’s 1968, and we are at the Annual Christmas Party at Essex Hardware Store! The quartet of Missy, Suzy, Betty Jean and Cindy Lou, first introduced to us in “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” has decorated the store and is now prepared to provide the entertainment. And what a fun night of entertainment it is! All your favorite holiday songs, including great ’60s versions of classics such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland,”- the result is, of course, marvelous! There are lots of laughs and audience participation.
A magical night of fun for the whole family, filled with the spirit of the season.
Buy tickets online or call our box office at 860.767.7318 to secure your seats for these fabulous fall productions!
Tickets are: $55 adult / $50 senior / $25 students all ages
Winter Wonderettesruns through Sunday, December 18th, 2022. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm; evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm. There are no performances on November 23rd, 24th,or 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday. Only performances Thanksgiving week are Saturday, November 26 at 8pm and Sunday, November 27 at 2pm.
Ivoryton Playhouse does not require patrons to wear masks. The presentation of vaccination cards is also no longer required.
Katie M. Bates*(Missy) is so excited to be at the Ivoryton Playhouse! She has previously performed at the Fulton Theatre, Quisisana Resort and onboard Celebrity Cruises and Virgin Voyages. When she’s not performing, she helps care for her two adorable nephews in Wisconsin, Westin and Theo. Happy holidays and I hope you enjoy the show!
Daron Elaine Cockerell*(Cindy Lou) is excited to make her Ivoryton Playhouse debut in such a silly, joyful show with these three dynamite ladies! Recently seen as Matilda in All Shook Up at Madison Theatre. Some favorite credits include 9 to 5 (Judy), Mame (Agnes Gooch), Annie Get Your Gun (Annie) and The Secret Garden (Martha). She sends thanks to Clayton, The Entertainment Group, and to her family for their endless love and support!
Meagan Lewis-Michelson(Betty Jean) hopes she’s on Santa’s “Nice” list (debatable) and is so thrilled to make her Ivoryton debut! National Tours: Mrs. Teavee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Off-Broadway: The Big Bang Theory. Regional: Annie (Miss Hannigan), Mamma Mia! (Rosie), 42nd Street (Maggie Jones), Elf (Deb), A Funny Thing…Forum (Domina). She premiered her one-woman show, Mother Mary Says to Me, at Feinstein’s/54 Below and A.R.T.’s OBERON. Love and thanks to Helen, Mom, and her agents at FSE! www.MeaganLewisMichelson.com
Emily Kay Shrader*(Suzy) is a New York City-based artist and teacher originally from sunny California. Favorite performances include Beth in Little Women (Sierra Repertory), Maggie in A Chorus Line (Connecticut Repertory), Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act (National/International Tours), Nancy in Stranger Sings! The Musical Parody (Feinstein’s/54 Below) and singing “The National Anthem” for the San Francisco Giants. Other adventures include co-hosting the all things Oz podcast “Down the Yellow Brick Pod” and teaching music at NYC Guitar School. Big gratitude to the FSE team as well as Clayton and the entire Ivoryton family for this opportunity to bask in some holiday cheer together! Find out more at www.emilykayshrader.net. For my gal pal Granny Vyci!
Jordan Adams Sack(Swing) is delighted to be returning to Ivoryton Playhouse stage! Most recently seen in Scrambled Eggs during the 2022 Women Playwrights Festival, she was last seen in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever back in 2009. Other recent credits include Cinderella (Seven Angels Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sweet Briar Theatre). She is also a member of The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery dinner theatre troupe, based in New Haven, CT. She holds an interdisciplinary arts BFA in Musical Theatre and Dance from Sweet Briar College, and also works as a dance teacher. Much love to the entire Wonderettes & Ivoryton family
Director: J. Clayton Winters
Choreographer: Elizabeth McGuire
Musical Director: Mark Ceppetelli
Stage Manager: James Joseph Clark*
Scenic Designer: Martin Scott Marchitto
Lighting Designer: Marcus Abbott
Costume Designer: Elizabeth Saylor
* member of Actors Equity
Ivoryton Illuminations – Saturday, December 3, 2022 starting from 5pm. Santa arrives at Ivoryton Playhouse at 6pm.
Throughout the month of December, Ivoryton lights up a display of 250,000 lights. Tune your car radio to 101.5FM and watch the lights dance to holiday music.
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Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town and so are the Wonderettes!
Winter Wonderettes by Roger Bean on stage at Ivoryton Playhouse
Ivoryton – 2022 has flown by and the holidays are almost upon us. Boughs of holly and turkey with all the trimmings and a big dollop of nostalgia are all we need to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.
WINTER WONDERETTES,- a marvelous holiday musical – opening at the Ivoryton Playhouse on Thursday, November 17th, brings us all that and so much more.
It’s 1968, and we are at the Annual Christmas Party at Essex Hardware Store! The quartet of Missy, Suzy, Betty Jean and Cindy Lou, first introduced to us in THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES has decorated the store and is now prepared to provide the entertainment. And what a fun night of entertainment it is! All your favorite holiday songs, including great ’60s versions of classics such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland,”- the result is, of course, marvelous! There are lots of laughs and audience participation. A magical night of fun for the whole family, filled with the spirit of the season.This zany and effervescent evening, with all the festive feels, is directed by J. Clayton Winters and choreographed by Elizabeth McGuire. Musical direction is by Mark Ceppetelli, set design by Martin Marchitto, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Elizabeth Saylor.
The cast are all new to the Ivoryton stage: Katie M. Bates* plays Missy, Daron Elaine Cockerell* plays Cindy Lou, Meagan Lewis-Michelson plays Betty Jean and Emily Kay Shrader* plays Suzy. Jordan Adams is swing.
Winter Wonderettes runs through Sunday, December 18th, 2022. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm; evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm.
There are no performances on November 23rd, 24th,or 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Tickets are $55 for adults, $50 for seniors, and $25 for students.
Tickets are available online at ivorytonplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 860.767.7318. (For information on group rates, please call the box office.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.
*Denotes a member of Actors Equity
Did You Know
Roger Bean is a writer and director who specializes in jukebox musicals. Bean wrote "The Marvelous Wonderettes", which played Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre in New York City. Bean created various other musicals utilizing established and lesser-known radio and popular hits. "Don't Touch That Dial!", "Life Could Be A Dream", "Honky Tonk Laundry" and "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?" have been produced in theaters nationwide. In 2007, "The Marvelous Wonderettes" received the Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Musical Intimate Theatre, and played a record-setting 18 months at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, CA. Bean was also nominated for two Ovation Awards for Direction of a Musical for the Los Angeles productions of "The Marvelous Wonderettes" and "Winter Wonderettes".