“Bye Bye Birdie”
Book by Michael Stewart, Lyrics by Lee Adams, and Music by Charles Strouse
November 10-12 at 8:00 PM
November 13 at 3:00 PM
Ticket Prices: $15/adults and $5/children and all students with ID
Director, Christine Britton
Assistant Director, Jacqueline Kilduff
Musical Director, Heather King
Producer, Jill West
Amanda Adams * John Adams * Christina Amarel * Kaylin Amaral * Riley Amaral * Lillian Ball * Julie Blake * Hailey Brown * Ashley Cline * Chuck Crook * Chad Dean * Sue Ann Dittmeier * Ashton Emerson * Dalton Emerson * Jayden Emerson * Kyrsten Emerson * Lara Emerson * Peyton Emerson * Tristan Emerson * Taylor Fowler * Elizabeth Gill * Ben Gorrell * Adam Hogge * Owen Hogge * Jill Jackson * Marie Jackson * Finn Kilduff * Rhiannon Kilduff * Catherine King * James King * Lauren King * Victoria King * Lisa LeBlanc * Emilé McCasland * Angela Milligan * Anita Minuth * Bob Nardozzi * Kate Neikirk * George Opie * Noah Polly * Laura Pruom-Soles * Carter Roane * Elizabeth Roane * Clay Roy * Chris Sheppard * Elizabeth Simmons * Becca Smith * Suzanne Smith * Damara Sparks * Melissa Thomas * Nathan Thomas * Camille Thompson * Emma Thompson * Juliette Thompson * Pamela Thompson * Becca Wagner * Trisha Wagner * Avery Watkins * Kacey West * Sara Whiteman * Hailey Williams * Suzanna Wright
This Tony Award winning musical has spawned a London production and several major revivals, a sequel, a 1963 film and a 1995 television production. This musical is pure entertainment for the entire family.
“Bye Bye Birdie” is one of the most captivating musical shows of our time. It tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. The singer, Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley type, has a pompadour and thick sideburns; he wears gaudy gold costumes and speaks in a rugged voice. Albert Peterson, his agent, is a very pleasant mild mannered young man. Albert’s faithful secretary Rose Alvarez keeps him and Birdie moving forward in the world. Rosie concocts one final national publicity plan before Conrad’s induction.
Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with an all-American kiss. Kim MacAfee in Sweet Apple, Ohio wins the honor. All of the phones in her town are already busy during The Telephone Hour as Kim has just been pinned to Hugo, a local boy. She is a pretty girl of fifteen and sings with spring like ardor , as she pulls on the plaid woolen socks and the baggy colored sweater considered stylish and popular among young ladies.
The arrival of Birdie in Sweet Apple causes people of all ages to swoon. Birdie says that his success is due to the fact that he is Honestly Sincere when he sings, and the quiet little town goes into a spin. The MacAfee household is completely upset by the visiting celebrity. It is decided that Birdie will give his One Last Kiss on the Ed Sullivan show. Kim’s father who laments the whole uproar, tries to break into the act and behaves like a ham on the TV show. Hymn for a Sunday Evening is a salute to the greater glory of Ed Sullivan.
Birdie becomes disgusted with his life and goes out on the town with the teenagers. He feels tense with Albert and is tired of being supervised. The parents of Sweet Apple cannot understand the new generation and express this in the hit number Kids. Rosie, still waiting for that band of gold from Albert after eight years, Kim is reunited with Hugo, and Rose with Albert. “Bye Bye Birdie” is a satire done with the fondest affection. It gives an insight into the everyday life that is very much part of us all. It is the tops in imagination and frivolity; a show that will be enjoyed by the cast as much as the audience.