Cuyahoga Falls, OH – The 2023 Summer season at Porthouse Theatre continues! Amy Fritsche, associate professor of acting and musical theatre at Kent State’s School of Theatre and Dance, will make her directing debut at Porthouse Theatre with the production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Fritsche is also the choreographer.

“The show is a celebration of love and friendship with an exciting collection of greatest hits from the 50’s and 60’s,” said director and choreographer Amy Fritsche. “It is not to be missed.”

"The Marvelous Wonderettesopens July 1 and runs through July 15. A preview performance will take place on June 30. It was written and created by Roger Bean, with musical arrangements by Brian William Baker, orchestrations by Michael Borth, and vocal arrangements by Bean and Baker. "The Marvelous Wonderettes" is a smash Off-Broadway hit that takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy — four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ’50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover” and “Stupid Cupid.” In Act II, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their 10-year reunion. Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, "The Marvelous Wonderettes" will keep you smiling in this trip down memory lane! 

"The Marvelous Wonderettes" is directed and choreographed by Amy Fritsche with music direction by Jonathan Swoboda. Costume design is by Abbie Hagen, lighting design is by Margaret Peebles, scenic design is by executive producer Tony Hardin, technical direction is by Jonathon Taylor, and sound design is by Bethy Winters. The stage manager is Sammie Pamfilie, the production stage manager is Tom Humes and the props manager is Frankie Teuber.

Porthouse Theatre 2023 Season
Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, invites you to LOL all summer long as it presents its 55th season during the summer of 2023 with "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "The Marvelous Wonderettes" and "The Prom." 

Subscriptions are on sale now via phone at 330-672-3884 or online at

Single and group tickets on sale now. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Porthouse Box Office, online at, or by phone at 330-672-3884. The Porthouse box office is located in the Roe Green lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242. The box office hours are Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Media Contact: Jen Crabtree, 330-672-0116,

POSTED: Tuesday, June 27, 2023 12:26 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 27, 2023 12:37 PM
Jen Crabtree