By ELIZABETH FOOTE
The Georgetown College Maskrafters will be presenting the Sci-Fi Rock Musical “Wonderboy” starting Friday Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. This comedy, set in 1959 Lincoln City, Ill., tells the story of Walter, a high school senior who develops super powers after a lab experiment gone horribly wrong. Now Walter struggles to live his double life as an average high school student and super hero. As if fighting crime and busting up monsters weren’t hard enough, Walter must choose between keeping his secret identity hidden or revealing his true identity to the girl of his dreams, Darlene. The cast includes lovable characters such as Lincoln City’s favorite superhero Wonderboy/Walter (Connor Hall), the smart yet somewhat shy senior; Wonderboy’s love interest and the most popular girl in Lincoln City High School, Darlene (Amanda Williamson); the students’ eccentric English teacher, Miss Madigan (Elizabeth Duccilli) and her love interest, the even quirkier Professor (Alex Caudill); ditzy cheerleaders Betty (Alyssa Hendricks) and Sally (Allie White); the class jock and tennis champion Steve (Joel Reihmer); the class clown Iggy (Samuel Adams); and the ever insightful Playdough (Shay McCleavy). With a haunted house, blind tap dancer, cheese-whiz monster, torture chamber, Port-A-Bodie machine, 50s dance moves, one-liners, Elvis and live music performed by the Prairie Dogs, this hilarious musical offers something for the whole family to enjoy.
This family-friendly musical was written by Georgetown College’s very own Theater Professor George McGee. McGee wrote and performed the musical years ago and just recently rediscovered it. It was inspired by the hit musical “Grease.” McGee claims he wanted to do “Grease,” but he couldn’t afford it so he wrote “Wonderboy” instead.
This production will only show part one of the two-part “Wonderboy” series, so the audience will be left with a cliff hanger ending. Unfortunately, McGee has yet to find part two. Some of the cast have pitched McGee their idea for part two called “Wonderboy II: Playdough’s Revenge,” but there is no definite decision on the project.
Performances will take place at the Ruth Pearce Wilson Lab Theatre. You can preorder your tickets at the Campus Bookstore at 502-863-8134, or for group tickets you can contact McGee at 502-863-8162. There will be five performances: Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Student tickets are $3 and adult tickets are $5. There may be a special children section where the kiddies can sit on mats close to the stage, so make sure to bring the little ones along. This musical is only about 45 minutes long, so take a study break and enjoy this hilarious production before the craziness of finals weeks completely sets in.