“The Marvelous Wonderettes” closes the summer season at Rabbit Run Theater

“The Marvelous Wonderettes”, Aug. 13 – Sept. 11 (Aug. 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29,
Sept. 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11) | Box office: 440-428-7092, Wed. – Sun., 3-7 p.m.

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Photo is Allison Lehr (left) as Cindy Lou, Jackie DiFrangia (back) as Betty Jean, Colleen O’Leary (bottom) as Suzy and Ellie Kelly (right) as Missy. Photos credit Kathy Sandham.


MADISON, OH – The 2021 summer season at Rabbit Run closes out with the jukebox musical comedy “The Marvelous Wonderettes”, opening Aug. 13 and running through Sept. 11.

The show opens to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where four young girls, Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy have formed their own doo wop group and are asked to perform. “The Marvelous Wonderettes” features over thirty classic songs from the 50’s and 60’s like “Lollipop”, “Dream Lover” “It’s My Party” and “Stupid Cupid”.

Act II brings the girls to their ten-year high school reunion where they are asked to once again perform having exchanged their crinolines for mod wear and a repertoire befitting late 1960’s hit tunes.

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” premiered at Milwaukee Repertory Theater in 1999 with Joseph Hanreddy as the artistic director and Timothy J. Shields as the managing director. It ran Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre in 2008 with a subsequent Off-Broadway revival in 2016.

The show is directed by Sandy Kosovich Peck. Having been involved with Rabbit Run Theater since 2003, Peck is a familiar face to theater patrons. She has served as director, stage manager, actor and choreographer for numerous productions at Rabbit Run as well as performing, directing and teaching for The Fine Arts Association.

Danielle Jones is providing musical direction. Jones is an adjunct music professor at Kent State University Ashtabula as well as being a member of the music faculty at Rabbit Run Community Arts Association (RRCAA). She has served as musical director and performed in numerous shows at Rabbit Run Theater since 2015.

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” was written and created by Roger Bean with musical arrangements by Brian William Baker, orchestrations by Michael Borth and vocal arrangements by Roger Bean & Brian William Baker. The show is rated for general audiences and presented by special arrangement with Stage Rights (www.stagerights.com).

Playing the four leads are Jackie DiFrangia as Betty Lou, Ellie Kelly as Missy, Allison Lehr as Cindy Lou and Colleen O’Leary as Suzy. Emily Stack is performing the role of Betty Lou Sept. 9, 10 and 11.

Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line at www.rabbitrun.org. Tickets are $26, adult; $24, senior and student; and $13 for youth 12 and under. For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the picnic pavilion or courtyards.

Rabbit Run Theater follows all current state recommended COVID-19 safety protocols in place at the time of each show.

All shows for “The Marvelous Wonderettes” begin at 7:30 p.m. Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH. Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Dworken & Bernstein, Hearn Plumbing and Heating, Huffman-Mayer –Paolo Wealth Management Group and Lighthouse Advisers.

Rabbit Run Theater Madison Ohio

Rabbit Run Theater also appreciates the support from the Lake County Visitors Bureau and their Arts & Culture Grant program.

Rabbit Run Theater is one of the few barn theaters still in operation and operates under the auspices of Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, a non-profit organization offering year-round instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts.

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Rabbit Run Theater Madison Ohio


Press release submitted by:
Karen Ziegler
Director of Marketing/Group sales
P. O. Box 235, 49 Park St., Madison, OH 44057
440-428-5913 |rabbitrun.org



Before you go:

Tickets are required to be purchased in advance.
Dress for the weather. On beautiful days the doors are opened during the productions.
Picnic tables are available.
Limited refreshments are also available.
Parking is free.

Where to enjoy dinner beforehand:

Brennan’s Fish House (14 miles)
Crosswinds Grille – Geneva-on-the-Lake (10 miles)
Grand River Cellars Winery – Madison (10 miles)
Pickle Bill’s Lobster House – Grand River (14 miles)
Silvestro’s Depot Cafe – Painesville (12 miles)

Nearby attractions:

4th largest Amish Country – Geauga County
Covered Bridges (19) – Ashtabula County
Geneva-on-the-Lake – Ashtabula County
The Holden Arboretum – Kirtland
James A. Garfield National Historic Site – Mentor
Lake County Captains – Mentor
Lake County History Center – Mentor
Lake Metroparks Farmpark – Kirtland

Where to stay:

There are two hotels located just off the freeway in Madison. The Hampton Inn- Madison and the Holiday Inn Express.  Other options available are the Hampton Inn – AshtabulaPunderson Manor Lodge in Newbury, the Comfort Inn Painesville, Hampton Inn & Suites Mentor and/or Lawnfield Inn & Suites Mentor.  For those who also want to spend  time in Ohio’s Wine Country, we would suggest The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake or The Lakehouse Inn.

Local Visitor Information:

Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Destination Geauga
Lake County Visitor Bureau


Akron – 75 miles
Ashtabula – 19 miles
Canton – 87 miles
Cleveland – 45 miles
Columbus – 215 miles
Erie, PA – 65 miles
Medina – 70 miles
Pittsburgh – 140 miles
Youngstown – 70 miles

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