(Rome Little Theatre media release):

Rome Little Theatre presents the first show of its 2021-22 season, “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Created by Roger Bean, the musical runs August 20-29 at the DeSoto Theatre in downtown Rome. The production is directed by Amanda Swendsen, whose previous RLT directing credits include RLT’s productions of “Mamma Mia!,” “Forever Plaid,” and “Seussical.” Jessica Stewart is the producer and stage manager. Musical Director James Willis leads a live band.

“‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’’ is a celebration of female vocal groups like the Supremes and the Chordettes who were a major force in the music industry during times of great happiness and great challenge,” said Swendsen. “It has been a comfort and a wonderful escape to come to the theatre to produce a show that embraces female strength and friendship with an all-female cast and a female-led production team.”

RLT’s “The Marvelous Wonderettes” features such timeless 1950’s and 1960’s hits as “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Rescue Me,” “Leader of the Pack,” and “Heatwave.” “The Marvelous Wonderettes” tells the story of four young women, and takes us from their prom to their reunion ten years later. The show runs approximately 120 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

For the comfort and safety of audiences and volunteers, one seat will be kept empty between parties, and extra seating is available in the balcony for guests desiring more space. Masks are strongly encouraged for all guests and volunteers regardless of vaccination status.”This continues to be a challenging time for all of us,” said RLT’s executive director Chris Davidson. “With ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes,’ we hope to give our community a joyful night of music and laughter as we celebrate being together again.”Rome Little Theatre’s “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is presented through special arrangement with Stage Rights, Inc. The production is supported by a Downtown Impact Grant from the Rome DDA.

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays August 20-29 in the DeSoto Theatre, 530 Broad St., Rome, GA 30161. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors/students and can be purchased by calling the box office at 706-295-7171, Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by visiting the theatre’s website at