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BYE BYE BIRDIE

 


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THE LAKER THEATER AND CHOIR DEPARTMENTS WILL PERFORM THIS MUSICAL THURSDAY, MAY 15 THROUGH SUNDAY, MAY 18 AT THE LAKER HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM. SHOW TIMES WILL BE AT 7:30 P.M. MAY 15-17 AND AT 2 P.M. MAY 18. THE PRICE IS $5 EACH FOR ADULTS AND $3 EACH FOR K-12 STUDENTS.

THE MUSICAL INCLUDES 35 CAST AND CREW MEMBERS, IN ADDITION TO THE LAKER CHOIR. THE PRODUCTION IS DIRECTED BY SAMANTHA CORRION.

“BYE BYE BIRDIE” IS A SATIRE ON AMERICAN SOCIETY AND IS SET IN 1958. THE STORY WAS INSPIRED BY THE PHENOMENON OF POPULAR SINGER ELVIS PRESLEY AND HIS DRAFT NOTICE INTO THE ARMY IN 1957. THE ROCK STAR CHARACTER'S NAME, "CONRAD BIRDIE," IS WORD PLAY ON THE NAME OF CONWAY TWITTY.









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IN THE MUSICAL, AGENT AND SONGWRITER ALBERT PETERSON (PLAYED BY WILLIAM JOHNSON) FINDS HIMSELF IN TROUBLE WHEN HIP-THRUSTING ROCK AND ROLL SUPERSTAR CONRAD BIRDIE (PLAYED BY J.J. AUER) IS DRAFTED INTO THE ARMY. ALBERT'S SECRETARY AND SWEETHEART, ROSE "ROSIE" ALVAREZ (PLAYED BY KADY POTTER), COMES UP WITH A LAST-DITCH PUBLICITY STUNT TO HAVE CONRAD BIRDIE RECORD AND PERFORM A SONG BEFORE HE IS SENT OVERSEAS. THEY PLAN TO HAVE BIRDIE SING ALBERT'S NEW SONG "ONE LAST KISS" AND GIVE ONE LUCKY GIRL FROM HIS FAN CLUB A REAL "LAST KISS" ON “THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW” BEFORE GOING INTO THE ARMY. THE LUCKY GIRL CHOSEN RANDOMLY FROM CONRAD'S FAN CLUB IS 15-YEAR-OLD KIM MACAFEE (PLAYED BY MEGAN MCGEHEE) FROM SWEET APPLE, OHIO. KIM HAS A BOYFRIEND, HUGO PEABODY (PLAYED BY BRADY KATSHOR), WHO BECOMES VERY JEALOUS OF CONRAD.









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ONCE IN SWEET APPLE, CONRAD SHOCKS THE TOWN'S PARENTS AND DRIVES THE TEENAGE GIRLS CRAZY. HE BECOMES A GUEST IN THE MACAFEE HOUSE AND IRRITATES KIM'S FATHER, HARRY MACAFEE (PLAYED BY CONNOR EWALD), BY BEING A RUDE AND SELFISH GUEST.

CONRAD SINGS ON “THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW” AND AS HE LEANS IN TO KISS KIM, HUGO RUNS ONSTAGE AND PUNCHES HIM IN THE FACE. THAT’S ONLY A SMALL PORTION OF THE MAYHEM SURROUNDING THE CAST OF COLORFUL CHARACTERS IN THIS MUSICAL.

THERE’S MUCH MORE IN STORE FOR THOSE WHO COME OUT TO GREET “BYE BYE BIRDIE” AT LAKERS.













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