The Marvelous Wonderettes cast & production team

Cast List for The Marvelous Wonderettes

Missy- Tabitha Southworth

Cindy Lou-Savannah Smith

Suzy- Elsie Harrington

Betty Jean-Natalie Renk

U/S Missy and Cindy Lou- Cailin Spencer

U/S Suzy & Betty Jean- Ashtyn Reiners

Elsie Harrington (Suzy)

Elsie Harrington (Suzy) is a sophomore at Yale University, where she’s majoring in some combination of Theatre and Performance Studies, Humanities, and Education Studies. After growing up learning, acting, and teaching at Grandstreet, she’s excited to return for summer after her first year away. Her most recent roles were with the Yale Cabaret and the Yale Dramat, and favorite Grandstreet credits include Godspell, Newsies, and Treasure Island. Hugs to her family and thanks to Marianne!

Natalie Renk (Betty Jean)

Natalie Renk (Betty Jean) is a sophomore at the University of Montana. She is studying Theatre Education and English. As a Grandstreet alum, her recent credits include Uzo in Godspell and Grasshopper in James and the Giant Peach. She is thrilled to bring this show to life! She would like to thank her friends and family for being her greatest supporters. She would also like to thank her partner, Reese, for inspiring her every day. Enjoy the show!

Savannah Smith (Cindy Lou)

Savannah Nicole Smith (Cindy Lou) fell in love with The Marvelous Wonderettes after seeing it many times at The Repertory Theatre of Saint. Louis. Four years later she is thrilled to be playing one of her dream roles alongside a star-studded cast! Savannah was most recently seen on the Grandstreet stage as a “revolting big kid” in Matilda the Musical. She would like to thank YOU for coming to support theater in the heart of Montana! Enjoy the show!

Tabitha Southworth (Missy)

Tabitha Southworth (Missy) is ecstatic to be working with this amazing crew! Although she has been a part of the pit orchestra for many shows, this will be her first time acting on the Grandstreet stage. Previous credits include Shrek: The Musical (Donkey), Maria and the Butterflies (Maria), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene), and Spring Awakening (Thea). She sends all of her love to her incredible family, friends, and professors who have always given their endless support.

Ashtyn Reiners (Understudy-Suzy & Betty Jean)

Ashtyn Reiners (U/S Suzy & Betty Jean) is making her first appearance for Grandstreet Theatre as the understudy for Suzy/Betty Jean! She is fromSouth Dakota and currently a sophomore attending Carroll College in Helena. She has a background in music and started pursuing theatre a few years ago. She would like to thank her family, teachers, and friends for encouraging her to continue to be a part of the magic of theatre!

Cailin Spencer (Understudy- Missy & Cindy Lou)

Cailin Spencer (U/S Missy & Cindy Lou) is performing in her first show with Grandstreet and she is excited to be part of such an amazing cast! Past roles include Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Fiona in Shrek through Carroll College.She would like to thank Kim Shire, Amber Barnes, and Anna Milburn for being such amazing teachers. Cailin would also like to thank her family for their unfailing support in everything she does, and her amazing friends for keeping her sane!

Amy Schendel (Director & Musical Director)

Amy Schendel is thrilled to be back at Grandstreet for another summer! Amy was the music director for Shrek,James and the Giant Peachand Newsies, in addition to teaching at Grandstreet summer theater school. She lives in Billings and just completed her 16th year as choir director of Skyview High School. This fall Amy Schendel will begin a new adventure as the Music and Art Education Coordinator for the Billings Public Schools. She holds bachelors degrees in Clarinet Performance and Music Education, as well as a Master of Music Education from the University of Montana. She is also a certified member of the VoiceCare Network. Amy is heavily involved in the music community state-wide. In addition to her teaching, she enjoys playing clarinet and singing for the Billings Symphony, singing onstage for Rimrock Opera, Glacier Symphony and local community theaters, music directing and playing in pit orchestra, guest conducting, adjudicating and teaching at camps around Montana and Wyoming.

Amber Barnes (Choreographer)

Amber Barnes is a Carroll College 2004 alum and the Carroll theatre department assistant. She is thrilled to be joining Grandstreet again, this time in a new capacity as choreographer! Amber has been teaching, directing, assistant directing, and assisting the Carroll College theatre department since 2015 when she and her husband, Ross, moved back to Helena with their two girls, Ellie and Izzy. Some of her favorite projects include Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight, Fable Me This Aesop, Shrek the Musical and Maria and the Butterflies. When she isn’t working and playing in the theatre department, Amber can be found working in the Registrar’s Office at Carroll College. “Thank you to Ross, Ellie and Izzy for graciously allowing Mama to do the work she is so passionate about. Thank you, Marianne for giving me new opportunities. Thank you to Amy for the beautiful ride and the cast for sharing your hearts and your talent.”

Cecile Entz (Production Stage Manager)

Cecile “Cece” Entz (She/Her) is thrilled to be stage managing The Marvelous Wonderettes. She originates from California and is thrilled to be in Montana. She is pursuing a BFA in Stage Management from the Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University Class of 2023. Cece has stage managed great shows like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Golden Age of Radio, and Love and Information. Cece is grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of this marvelous production.

Kate Dramstad (Costume Designer)

Kate is thrilled to be costuming once again for the Grandstreet stage! Her previous costume credits at Grandstreet include The Cake and Songs For A New World. Since moving back to Helena in 2017, her acting credits include Megan in Puffs and Susannah in Book of Will. She also proudly serves as a member of the Grandstreet Board of Directors. Thanks to all the lovely humans involved in this show!

Cameron Bullard (Scenic Designer)

Mary Gegenhuber (Props Designer)

Mary is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She moved to Montana in 1976. Mary performed her first play, The Mouse That Roared, at age twelve. But, she was bitten by the production bug and became a stage manager by age sixteen.  She started as props designer at Grandstreet in 2006 for Ah, Wilderness. She has performed on the Grandstreet stage in Titanic and Annie Get Your Gun. Mary dedicates everything she does to her mother Dolores, the person who introduced her to the arts.

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