By Caitlin Knox ’14
Georgetown, KY – It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s Wonderboy!
But, you’ve got to be fast to catch the Georgetown College premiere of Professor George McGee’s wonderfully entertaining Sci-Fi musical comedy – as there’s 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!
“Wonderboy,” McGee’s original play set in 1959, is “Superman” meets “Grease.”
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 ‘doing good.’
McGee wrote the script in the Seventies for the Palm Beach Children’s Theatre in Florida. It was intended for “any kid old enough to understand a comic book,” 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, “Wonderboy” 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 “Hot-dog Monster” (Chris Bartlett), “Cheese-Whiz Monster” (Ashley Conover) and the “Pepsi-Cola Monster” (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 “The Prairie Dogs.”
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 College’s 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; 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.