MS Drama Club presents Bye Bye Birdie

on March 8, 2019

The Monroe-Woodbury Middle School Drama Club presents Bye Bye Birdie Young Performers Edition (YPE) at Monroe-Woodbury Middle School on Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m.

Set in the late 1950s, Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of rock ‘n’ roll superstar Conrad Birdie, a character inspired by Elvis Presley and Conway Twitty. Conrad is about to be drafted into the Army, much to the dismay of his adoring fans. Birdie’s manager, Albert Peterson, with the help of Rosie, his long time secretary/girlfriend, creates a plan to send Conrad off in style on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Birdie will sing One Last Kiss and bestow one last symbolic kiss upon one lucky fan chosen at random, Kim MacAfee. A town full of colorful characters, including excited teenagers; Kim’s jealous boyfriend; Albert’s controlling mother, Mae; and Kim’s spotlight stealing father, make for a rollicking good time. Filled with the memorable songs including Put on a Happy Face and Telephone Hour, dancing and comedy, Bye Bye Birdie is a loving look at the late 1950s.

Bye Bye Birdie YPE is a fully staged and costumed production performed by approximately 70 Monroe-Woodbury Middle School students. It features James Dawson as Albert Peterson; Victoria Lopez as Rosie; Shaun Ryan as Conrad Birdie; Jenna Rowen-Delson as Kim; Brendan Duffy as Hugo; Emma Filonow as Mae Peterson; Matthew Graves as Mr. MacAfee; Sophia Theokas as Mrs. MacAfee; and Jacob Ciriello as Randolph MacAfee.

The production is under the direction of Pat Murray, with choreography by Christine Lauterbach; Artistic Design by Elizabeth Pesce; Lighting and Sound Design by Noreen Guerra; and produced by Marie Mignano. It features the creative efforts of many community volunteers: Costumes by Kathy Fisher a Linda Gordon and Set Design by Albert Murray; Elizabeth Pesce, and accompaniment by Richard Schacher. <

Monroe-Woodbury Middle School is located at 199 Dunderberg Road in Central Valley, NY. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children and senior citizens.

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