Bye Bye Birdie Opens Friday, Local Actors Shine

If you’ve never participated in a Clarke County theatrical production it would be difficult to imagine the level of community effort required before the curtain rises on opening night.  This year’s musical, Bye Bye Birdie, features 43 Clarke County High School and Johnson-Williams Middle School students on stage, in addition to 21 students in the pit orchestra and 8 on the stage crew. The musical is a true community event: teachers, parents, and students have been sewing costumes, painting the sets and  getting ready for the show.

Bye-Bye Birdie is the story of a 1950’s teen-idol heading off to join the Army.  Heart-throb Conrad Birdie is an Elvis Presley wannabe complete with pompadour and sideburns. Albert Peterson, Conrad’s agent, along with Albert’s faithful secretary Rose Alvarez, do their best to keep  Birdie on the path to stardom. When Conrad learns off his impending military induction Rosie concocts a national publicity spectacle; one-last kiss with a lucky Conrad Birdie fan club president broadcast live on the Ed Sullivan Show from Sweet Apple, Ohio.

Bye Bye Birdie offers many well-loved tunes including  An English Teacher, What Did I Ever See in Him?, Put on a Happy Face, One Boy, A Lot of Livin’ to Do, Kids, Rosie and  Spanish Rose.

Showtimes are March 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and March 21 at 2:30 p.m. at the Williams Community Auditorium at Johnson-Williams Middle School in Berryville. General Admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and will be available at the Box Office 30 minutes before show time. If you plan to attend the Opening Night performance on Friday, March 19, wear your 1950s best and join us for some great entertainment! For more information, contact Director Andy Kiser at 540-955-6160, x.102, or by email at  kisera@clarke.k12.va.us

Comments

  1. Andy Kiser says:

    I would like to reiterate my appreciation for my production team: Vocal Director, Ilana Atkins; Choreographer: Peggy Doerwaldt; Conductor: Jessica Tavenner; Costume Coordinator: Jennifer Coleman; Set Designer: Kathy Campbell; Set Foremen: Jim Stickovitch and David Borger; and Parent Coordinator: LynneAnn Trask; and Program Design & Publicity: Pam Lettie. Without their tireless help, I could not do what I do, and this show would not be what it has become.

    Additionally, through all of the snow, and the myriad illnesses, and the late nights, I am proud to work with such a committed group of students and the parents who support them. They have truly taken this show and made it their own.

    Andy Kiser, Artistic Director
    CCHS Spring Musicals

  2. Mary Daniel says:

    Thank you for all your hard work, Mr. Kiser, production team, students and parents. I’ve watched you in-and-out of the school at all hours since January, despite some terrible weather. You’ve worked hard! Break a leg, and enjoy this weekend as much as I know your audience will.

  3. Right Winger says:

    Exceelent Job!! The show was fantastic! Kudos to the pit orchestra for providing excellent musical accompaniment!!