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This weekend, say hello to Bye Bye Birdie
Posted 02/14/2013 06:38PM

Submitted by VCHS Drama Director Ginnie Sutfin

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, the cast and crew treated the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon to a sneak peek of their lates production, Bye Bye Birdie, complete with themed treats of ice cream sodas and apple pie. Check out our Flickr site to see photos from the reception for the Sisters as well as the Bye Bye Birdie promotional photo gallery.

Bye Bye Birdie will be presented in Valley Catholic’s Kelly Auditorium on March 1-2 and 8-9 at 7 p.m. with matinees on March 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. Valley Catholic High School is located at 4275 SW 148th Ave., Beaverton. 

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and $3 for children under 5.  Tickets can be ordered at 503-644-3745 or purchased at the door.

The year was 1958 and Elvis Presley was being inducted into the U.S. Army.  Presley’s millions of fans turned it into a major media event – a phenomenon satirized in the classic Tony Award-winning musical and popular film, Bye Bye Birdie, which will come to life this March on the stage of Valley Catholic High School.

With music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams and a book by Michael Stewart, Bye Bye Birdie is a funny, affectionate look at pop culture. When pop idol Conrad Birdie announces that he’s going into the Army, the teenage world explodes.  Conrad’s manager decides to take advantage of the mayhem and have Conrad sing one more hit on The Ed Sullivan Show and give “One Last Kiss” to a lucky teenage fan in the small town of Sweet Apple, Ohio. Pandemonium ensues as parents and teens of the town react to Sweet Apple’s celebrity presence. 

Valley Catholic High School Drama Teacher Ginnie Sutfin, who directs the production, said, “If there’s any question as to whether a 1960 musical comedy holds any relevance for a 21st-century audience, just look at the popularity of Justin Bieber, American Idol, or Lady Gaga.  Teenagers and adults today won’t have to work too hard to think how, even fifty years later, the teenage experience remains quite similar to the madness surrounding ‘The King’ or those ‘Lads from Liverpool.’”

Sutfin adds, “In our production, 40 students are coming together to give life to this lovably nostalgic, satirical and funny show, hoping audiences will ‘Put on a Happy Face!’”

The cast and ensemble:

Cast Actor  Role
   Kevin Alexander  Albert Peterson
   Hannah Wilson  Rosie Alvarez
   Collin Pierce  Conrad Birdie
   Annabelle Larson  Kim MacAfee
   Josh Curfman
 Mr. MacAfee
   Clara Kiss
 Mrs. MacAfee
   Peter Bernard  Randolph MacAfee
   Kevin White  Hugo Peabody
   Grace Nepokroeff
 Mae Peterson
   Annika Holstrom
 Ursula Merkle
   Megan Moore  Gloria Rasputin
   Aaron Linnemann  The Mayor
   Elizabeth Woodruff  The Mayor's Wife
   Josh Curfman  Ed Sullivan
 Sweet Apple Teens:     Elena Ramirez  Deborah Sue Miller
   Jennah Curfman  Margie Johnson
   Katy Motta  Alice
   Katie Larson  Helen
   Ria Dela Rosa  Nancy
   Richard Yates  Harvey Johnson
   Anna Clark  Penelope Ann Henkel
   Rachael Lovely  Phyllis
   William Deatherage  Lee
   Connell Morantte  Fred
   Bianca Robison  Other teen
   Becca Gould  Other teen
   Samantha Wilson  Other teen
   Michael Dombrowski     Charles F. Maude
   Kathleen Shew  Mrs. Merkle
   Abrahm Bettermann  Mr. Johnson
   Mackenzie Mullett  Mrs. Johnson
   Bianca Robison  Mrs. Miller
   William Deatherage  Conrad's Guitar Man
   Ollie Philips  Policeman
   Abrahm Bettermann  First Reporter
   Becca Gould  Second Reporter
   Bianca Robison  Third Reporter
   Ollie Phillips  Traveler
   Connell Morantte  Train Station Personnel

Production credits include musical direction by Jeffrey Childs, choreography by Elizabeth Esch Brown, lighting design by Bradford Johnson and set design by Megan Miller.

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