‘Bye Bye Birdie’ to be presented March 15-16

SILVER CREEK – “Bye Bye Birdie,” the musical being readied at Silver Creek Central School for presentation on March 15-16, promises to live up to its “bright, sassy and thoroughly delightful” reputation.

The brisk moving plot concerns the romance of a composer-publisher-agent and his secretary, plus the drafting of his rock ‘n roll star into the Army. In a gigantic publicity stunt they all descend on a small Ohio town and proceed to turn it upside down. The results are hilarious and musically rewarding.

The show features such hit songs as “Put on a Happy Face,” “Kids,” “One Boy,” and “A Lot of Livin’ to Do.” “Bye Bye Birdie” was first seen in New York at the Martin Beck Theater in April 1960. Rachel Curtin directs an all-star talented cast of 40 student performers and crew: Albert- Ed Gallivan Jr., Rose- Sonya Bayba, Conrad Birdie- Philip Hansen, Mrs. Mae Peterson- Megan Stoll, Mr. Harry MacAfee- Andrew Sweetman, Kim MacAfee- Emily Wright, Hugo Peabody- Daniel Sweetman, Mrs. Doris MacAfee- Brooke Birner, Randolph MacAfee- Sean Marchant, Ursula Merkle- Samantha Taddio, Helen- Marikate Gallivan, Deborah Sue- Irene Klemens, Reporter/Policeman- Michael Miller, Mayor/Bartender- James Gardner, Mrs. Merkle-Savannah Granata, Alice- Cheyenne Lawton, Mr. Johnson-Devlin Dillon, Harvey Johnson-Trevor Cole, Ed Sullivan-Jack McAlevey, and Gloria Rasputin-Hannah Jopek.

The Teen Chorus/Conrad Birdie fan club is an exuberant group of middle school students and features: Gabby Rivera, Kennedy Parks, Samantha Page, Ryan Smith, Alexa Urbaniak, Krystel Schwab, Sabrina Schenk, Taylor Farley, Christopher Pelz, Riley Wilson and Jon McDaneld.

Stage Crew is led by teacher Jane Gens with students Emily Berek, Meghan Gallivan, Hailey Grover, Tristan Pacifici, John Restaino and artistic design and production provided by teacher Paul Abate and students Ben Hogg, Kameron Kovel and Ed Gallivan.

Juniors Jade Lewis and Allison Harford provide costume and student direction support. The production is supported by Mr. Wieloszynski the Silver Creek faculty, staff and administration, local businesses and parents as well as the Brocton music department and resident Steve Mawhir.

Performances will be given nightly at 7:30 p.m. on March 15 and March 16 in the district Auditorium. General Admission Tickets are available at the door and presale in the Middle and High School offices for $8 adult and $5 student/senior citizens. Check the school website for more information.