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WOW  Fall 2004 Production

The WOW Board of Directors decided 2004 would be a great time to present a musical comedy centered around a class reunion!  So we used an original script written by our own Vaude deVille.  With the creative talents of Artistic Director Michele Penberthy, Music Director Robert Williams, and Choreographer Sherry Christianson, "A Gathering of Wrinkles" was born!  It seems the Class of 1955 from Rocky Mountain High School in Loveland, Colorado is having their 50th reunion . . . a year early!  We hope you enjoy the following photos and descriptions of scenes from this truly wonderful show!

Click on the photos for enlargement.  Photography by WOW photographer, John Vosburgh, with assistance from Jodie Sturdevant.

The curtain opens to four classmates arguing about which singing parts each gets in their quartet.  Soon, "Pieces of Eight" show us real barbershop harmony with "Mood Indigo."

And then we get to listen in on a meeting of the Planning Committee for the class reunion.  Imagine the chit-chat from alums Gladys Finster, Lucy Livewell, Frieda Foote and Bertha Bickerson!

Soon Heddy Herd and Wanda Wunder enter late for the committee meeting and disrupt it with song and dance routine to "Side By Side",  Then the Lodge Manager, Bert Bickerson steps into the scene to announce the dancers need the room for their rehearsal.

The stage really lights up as the Prime Time Tappers dance to "If Swing Goes."

Tad Powers introduces his "companion," Barbie Blankette, to his old chum, Grinnon Barrett.  After exchanging a few barbs about how young Barbie appears and how Grinnon has become shorter and rounder, Barbie informs Grinnon she is from Sheboygan.  That prompts him to break out into song with "Sheboygan."

Here come one-time Prom Queen, Brenda Brite and her youngish "tennis instructor," Kenny Bronz, followed by the now big-city psychologist, Dr. Sally Solace.  After a conversation about old classmates they have seen, Brenda says "Sally, would you take Kenny and . . . uhhh . . . show him the rest of the place?  I’d like to take a minute to . . . uhhh . . . check the acoustics."  She then delivers a heart-rendering version of "You Made Me Love You."

In strolls Lowell Livewell, saying "Boy!  If we had this kind of a club room at "Shaky Acres", we could pack ’em in!  We could make a fortune!  And, the acoustics . . . WOW"  To test the room, he belts out "I Left My Heart In San Francisco."

Coach Paul Plunken says "Hello, Lowell.  This sure brings back old memories.  Ya’ wanna’ take a guess as to who these lovely folks are?"  He introduces ex-teachers Franklin Olden and Edith GoldenEdith exclaims, "Oh yes . . . old teachers never die . . . they just retire and lose their class!"  They are soon joined by Bert Bickerson and Bonnie Bumpkin.

After the usual small talk about other classmates and the entertainment and dancing coming up tomorrow night, Franklin and Edith are left to themselves, and he serenades her with "I Don’t Know Why."

The Prime Time Tappers are back with "Hey, Look Me Over!"

"Now let me get this straight, gentlemen", says Bert Bickerson, "you say there's a notorious jewel thief in the area?"  Deputy Don Dumbar and Officer Clyde Kupkeke give Bert the details they have heard so far.  But now without a little rivalry between the two lawmen.

A curious figure, Sister Mary Alice Luce, emerges from the shadows.  She is soon joined by members of the planning committee, who quiz Sister Mary about where she has been and what she has been doing.  "I'm a . . . uhhh, development officer . . . for Inter . . . for an International Orphan’s fund", she states.

Here come cattle baron "Mo" Millianz and "starlet" Tammy Lou LaTush with her dog Cleo, joined by the planning committee and others.  "Mo was such a dear to help me slip away from all those reporters at the airport.  I just wanna’ be plain old me this weekend . . . back with my old school friends", says Tammy.

Gladys Finster and Digby O’Doul get together to try to rekindle an old flame.  As they exit, an ominous note is heard, and a dark figure steps through the curtain.

Kenny Bronz and Barbie Blankett chat about each other’s older reunion companions, and decide they might be just right for each other.  Then Barbie sings "Someone To Watch Over Me."

Tammy laments to her maid, Doris, about how difficult the life of glitz and glamor has been . . . the mask of happiness.  "I just want a few moments that are . . . real." Doris says "that’s what they expect of a Star."  Tammy ponders a moments, then sings "What Kind Of Fool Am I?"

Just before the curtain closes on Act 1, a shadowy figure slips into the room, opens the dresser drawer, and exits.  And then another figure enters, and takes something from the drawer.

INTERMISSION

Act 2 opens to the huz-a-buz of the crowd at the evening Talent Show.  The Prime Time Tappers kick off the show with "Dark Town Strutter’s Ball."

Talent Show Emcee, Grinnon Barrett teases the audience about being OLD.  Bertha Bickerson stands to tell Bert, "I swear . . . if he does one more "old" joke, I'll go up and change his pitch."

Bert goes to Grinnon and says "Oh Grin . . . don’t forget our keynote speaker, Senator Nort Nerdle".  The Senator promptly gets into his usual speech-making.

Pieces of Eight sang a funny number called "My Wife is on a Diet", followed by Bert Bickerson and Mary Alice Luce in a lively tap dance to "42nd Street."

The Melodears told us "Everybody Loves Somebody", and Dorothy Glamour sang that beautiful standard, "All the Way."

The Talent Show continues with "Al K. Hall" by Father Phil Phlam, and "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Wanda Wunder.  And then, Senator Nort Nerdle delivers that cowboy oldie, "Don’t Fence Me In."

From out of nowhere comes Natasha Tzena with her dance to "Mix."  What is Lowell Livewell doing?

All of a sudden, the theater is filled with sounds of "Hello Dolly", and these strange looking "men", called The Dollies, work their way down the aisles to the stage, where they do their dance.

Lily White charms the audience with "Tell Me Why."  Much to the shock of the Talent Show audience, Wendell the Waiter trades his serving tray for a microphone and sings that great Roy Orbison song, "Crying."  On the right, he sings especially to his admirer Doris.

Bertha Bickerson sits at the piano and belts out "Could I Have This Dance?"

The Band rounds out the Talent Show with "Bye, Bye Blues." And a special saxophone solo by the Band Leader!

"My jewels!  My jewels are gone!" shouts Tammy Lou LaTush.  "But . . . how can that be?" proclaims Bert Bickerson.  "We’ve had very tight security all around the lodge!"

"So THAT’S what those uniform officers were all about", exclaims Frieda Foote!  In steps Deputy Don Dumbar to help sort everything out.

Father Phil Phlam removes his disguise and confesses he is an undercover Interpol Agent.  "I rigged a tape recorder in the drawer where Tammy's jewels were stored, and I now have solved the crime", he says.

He swiftly rips away the habit from Sister Mary Alice Luce to reveal the jewels.  After some discussion, Officer Clyde Kupkeke and Deputy Don Dumbar think Mary Alice should sing to make up for what she has done.  So she sings "The Last of the Red Hot Mamas."

After some small talk, Phil and Tammy decide they could be in love with each other and sing a pretty duet to "Perhaps Love."  Maurice "Mo" Millianz informs the crowd he discovered a source of funding for senior programs throughout the state.

The class breaks out into harmony with "Moments to Remember."



On comes the Prime Time Tappers with "There’s No Business Like Show Business!"

For the curtain call, Kenny Bronz sings a specially worded song "Ode to Class", that describes what happened to most of the classmates.

The Class of ’55 says "thanks for coming!"

"We will see you at our next show!"

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