Your Best Bet for This Weekend Is a Maskrafters Date with âWonderboy,â But Donât Tell Darlene!
By Caitlin Knox ’14
Georgetown, KY â Itâs a bird…itâs a plane…itâs Wonderboy!
But, youâve got to be fast to catch the Georgetown College premiere of Professor George McGeeâs wonderfully entertaining Sci-Fi musical comedy â as thereâs just a one weekend run. But there are FIVE performances (see below for times) for what the Lexington Herald-Leader labeled a Best Bet in their Friday Weekender!
âWonderboy,â McGeeâs original play set in 1959, is âSupermanâ meets âGrease.âÂ
Walter, played by Scott County graduate Connor Hall, is the teenage version of Clark Kent. Thanks to a science experiment gone wrong, Walter discovers that he has x-ray vision, and he is learning how to fly. He develops his alter-ego Wonderboy, who is all about âdoing good.â
McGee wrote the script in the Seventies for the Palm Beach Childrenâs Theatre in Florida. It was intended for âany kid old enough to understand a comic book,â he explained, and its main purpose was for laughs. He found the dusty script this year while attempting to clean out his basement, and decided to try it out on Georgetown.
So like all great superheroes, âWonderboyâ is being brought back from his dormant slumber of 30-plus years. He will be facing the many trials of high school and bizarre creatures like the âHot-dog Monsterâ (Chris Bartlett), âCheese-Whiz Monsterâ (Ashley Conover) and the âPepsi-Cola Monsterâ (Meredith Cave). He will fall in love with Darlene (played by Amanda Williamson), and she will be torn between the soft-spoken Walter and the mysterious Wonderboy.
Director McGee has been constantly changing his original script, shaping the story around his actors. The show could even be classified as a musical as it includes original songs by McGee himself, and a live band called âThe Prairie Dogs.â
There are five performances with curtain times of 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30; and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Collegeâs Ruth Pearce Wilson Lab Theatre, corner of Mulberry and College streets.
Tickets are $5 for adults $5 and $3 for students $3. Reserve your seats through the College bookstore, 502-863-8134.
The cast, from left-to-right, in the photograph above: Shay McCleavy, junior from Brandeburg;Â Liz Duccilli (hidden behind Wonderboy), sophomore from Cincinnati; Connor Hall, Scott County High School graduate; Alex Caudill, freshman from Henderson; Fiona McElrath, freshman from Altadena, CA; Elizabeth Foote, junior from Independence; Natalie Alexakos (on stool), freshman from Georgetown; Amanda Williamson, senior from Simpsonville; Chris Bartlett, sophomore from Louisville; Cheryl Brumley, senior from Louisville; Alyssa Hendricks, freshman from Crestwood; Sam Adams, sophomore from Shelbyville; and seated, Meredith Cave, senior from Nicholasville; and Allie White, sophomore from Lawrenceburg.