CROWN POINT | Grab your bobby socks and your leather jackets as the Crown Point High School Theatre Department presents the classic Broadway musical "Bye Bye Birdie," opening Friday.
With book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams, "Bye Bye Birdie" tells the story of 1950's rock-and-roll sensation Conrad Birdie (think Elvis), who is about to be inducted into the U.S. Army. As a publicity stunt, Conrad will bid a typical American teenage girl goodbye with an All-American kiss on national TV, and honor won by Kim MacAfee in Sweet Apple, Ohio.
Naturally, the arrival of Birdie in Sweet Apple turns the town and the MacAfee household upside down, as well as the lives of Conrad, his manager and his manager's secretary.
Popular musical numbers include "Put on a Happy Face,” “One Last Kiss,” "A Lot of Livin’ To Do” and "Kids.”
Directed by Kit Degenhart, performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and March 20, 21 and 22, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee this Sunday only in the Crown Point High School Auditorium, 1500 S. Main St.
All seats are reserved, $12 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be reserved by phone (219) 663-4885, ext. 11604, online at www.cphstheatre.com or at the box office from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
The cast list includes Ryan Kelleher as manager Albert Peterson, Madi McGuckin and Kim Kovacik double cast as secretary Rosie Alvarez, Dylan Taylor and Artie Equihua double cast as Conrad Birdie, Corey Kuhlman as Mr. MacAfee, Hannah Reutter as Mrs. MacAfee, Julia Thorn as Kim MacAfee, Sam Barber as Randolph MacAfee, Tiffany Curtis as Mrs. Mae Peterson, Kyle Thompson as Hugo Peabody, Shannon Rostin as Ursula Merkle, Anna Surufka as Deborah Sue, Emily Reed as Margie, Marjorie Worley as Alice (mayor’s daughter), Katie Dillon as Helen, Val Jones as Nancy, Jenna McCarroll as Penelope, Graham Votaw as Harvey Johnson, Ethan Beemsterboer as Freddie, and Gabe Velez as Karl.