Throughout Maine, high school seniors are eagerly preparing for graduation. It’s a time of non-stop excitement and anticipation. And, for many, the festivities began with prom night.

Maine State Music Theatre is paying tribute to these once-in-a-lifetime memories with Roger Bean’s nostalgic musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” which kicked off the theater’s summer season Wednesday.

It was a picture-perfect evening Friday as theatergoers strolled, arm-in-arm, around the Bowdoin College campus, waiting for the theater doors to open at 7:30 p.m.

Inside the Pickard Theater, Executive Director Steven Peterson was making the rounds of the lobby as Principal Peterson, providing a sneak peek of the shenanigans that were to come when patrons entered the theater.

It was a time warp back to Springfield High’s 1958 senior prom, complete with lighted balconies, red construction paper hearts and ushers adorned with carnation corsages. The entertainment, of course, was The Marvelous Wonderettes – four dreamsicles in a rainbow of pastel colors and crinoline skirts.

April Boyle is a free-lance writer from Casco. She can be contacted at: [email protected]