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Majestic costuming: 'The Marvelous Wonderettes' opens this week

Often it’s the little details that make a moment special.  Something small and insignificant can have a major impact on any number of occasions … but in the case of theatrical productions one of the aspects that can take a show from mediocre to majestic is the costuming.

Costuming can influence many facets— an actor’s development of character or the mood of a scene — but almost nowhere is it more important than in transporting the audience to a specific time or place.   

Such is the task that costumer Ginny Bogart faced when accepting the challenge of clothing the cast of The Prizery’s current production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”

Bogart said, “I may be prejudiced since I enjoy costuming so much, but I believe costumes are an integral part to most productions.”  She added, “If the costumes do not fit the period then the picture does not feel right … the audience may not know exactly why, but something makes them uncomfortable.”

While this cast is certainly smaller than previous show’s Bogart’s overseen — a meager four ladies — the depth of what was needed was not.  The show takes place over the course of two very different decades — the 1950s and 1960s.  

Clothing choices and styles changed dramatically during this time, which is an essential factor to remember for those on stage and those supporting behind the scenes.  

In Bogart’s eyes each period has iconic and memorable highs that need to be paid attention.  Within the context of the show, there’s a 1958 prom scene and a 1968 class reunion.  Bogart said for the 1950s prom, the clothing came in soft colors, was fluffy and feminine, while the 1960s was more playful and a bit edgier with much brighter colors.

Bogart’s costuming experience, having helped with the aforementioned on nearly 50 Halifax County Little Theatre and Prizery shows, adds tremendously to her abilities.

 She also mentions that having grown up during these periods helps too.  

“Since I grew up in those times — it’s been like a visit home — I graduated in 1968 - so I knew the clothing well,” she said.

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” will be on the Chastain Theatre at The Prizery Oct. 16, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 17 at 3 p.m.  

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit The Prizery at 700 Bruce St., South Boston, browse the website at, or call the box office during business hours at 572–8339.