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The Summer Production for 2007

birdie

Book by
Michael Stewart

Music by

Charles Strouse

Lyrics by

Lee Adams

"Bye Bye Birdie" was performed August 3 5, 2007

Cast of Characters
Albert Peterson Brody Murray
Rose Alvarez Madison Henry
Helen/Chorus Rachel Pashon
Ursula Merkle Shelby Westart
Kim MacAfee Lauren Styczynski
Doris MacAfee Lindsey Sturch
Harry MacAfee/Maude's Dishwasher Dane Styczynski
Mrs. Mae Peterson Jaymee Digman
Conrad Birdie Matt Gasper
Hugo Peabody Connor Price
Reporter/Chorus Dan Mendez
Mayor/Mr. Johnson/Chorus Dylan Hinrichs
Mayor's Wife/Chorus Emily Thompson
Mrs. Merkle/Chorus Samantha Cameron
Randolph MacAfee Bradley Schlegel
Nancy Kathy West
Gloria Rasputin Andrea Boerger
Maude/Chorus Austin Eckle
 Maude's First Customer/Chorus Andrew Haglund
Maude's Second Customer/Chorus Jeff Boerger
Alice/Chorus Leti Estrata
Margie/Chorus Molly Pashon
Harvey Johnson/Chorus Elliot Campos
Deborah Sue/Chorus Kayla McCawley
Chorus Hanah Cassens, Alix Corwell, Chelsea DePasquale,
Mary Rose Dukelow,
Mackenzie Grell, Lindsey Katzman,
Cora Mancera,
Maci Mitchell, Hannah Munson, Mary Poulter,
Mikalah Rhodes,
Kayleen Shaw, Connie West

Pit Orchestra
Conductor/Keyboards Patrick Sheehan
Piccolo/Flute Aubrey Hinrichs
Clarinet/Alto Sax
Emily Nunemaker-Bressler
Clarinet/Alto Sax David Vrablic
Clarinet/Tenor Sax Cathy James
Trumpet I Jon James
Trumpet II Dan Monnier
Trumpet III Bill Friedrich
Franch Horn Samantha Pashon
Trombone I Mark Bressler
Trombone II Ryan Neumann
Drumset Dr. Charles Lyon, DMD
Percussion Heather Faivre
Violin Melissa Crawford
Cello Katherine Styczynski
Bass Brad Linboom

Staff
Director Tim Schlegel

Assistant Director Jill Price
Music Director/Accompanist Patrick Sheehan
Set Design/Tech Director Chuck Price
Choreographer
Heather Krick
Production Manager/Stage Manager Shae Cooper
Costumer Mary Lynn Tedrick
Hair and Props Marilyn Henry
Lights Chuck Price,
Dane
Styczynski, Connor Price, Freddy Rastide
Sound Craig Deets
Box Office Pam McAleese
Construction Crew Jim Henry, Tim Tedrick
Stage Crew Tori Duffin, Abby Petrosky, Katrina Sancher, Sam Twining

Special Thanks Edwin Davis, Diana Westart

From the description by Tams-Witmark:
     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 springlike ardor How Lovely to Be a Woman, as she pulls on the plaid woolen socks and the baggy mustard 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 Kids. Rosie, still waiting for that band of gold from Albert after eight years, invades a Shriners' meeting. An extremely hilarious ballet ensues. She then decides to become the Latin American spitfire that she is painted as, by Albert's lead-footed catastrophe-ridden mother. She is determined to become Spanish Rose. Kim is reunited with Hugo, and Rose with Albert in the lovely number Rosie. Other hit numbers include A Lot of Livin' to Do and Put on a Happy Face.
     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.

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