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Rock 'N' Roll With Bye, Bye Birdie

MHS spring musical

by: Photo By Susan Matheny - Kim MacAfee (Adriana Morales) flirts with rock star Conrad Birdie (Drew Sullivan), who is searching for the right girl to kiss on the Ed Sullivan TV show.


   Rock and Roll star Conrad Birdie sweeps through Sweet Apple, Ohio, looking for one lucky girl to kiss on the Ed Sullivan Show, in Madras High School's spring musical "Bye Bye Birdie."
   Performances will be at 7 p.m., May 15 and 16, and 2 p.m., May 18, in the MHS cafetorium. Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens, and $6 for adults, with $1 off for people showing a Collage of Culture ticket.
   The original 1960 Tony Award-winning Broadway production featured Dick Van Dyke and Paul Lynde, while the movie version starred Van Dyke and Ann-Margret.
   Musical numbers include "Put on a Happy Face," "One Last Kiss," "Kids, What the Devil's Wrong With These Kids Today?," and "Got a Lot of Livin' to Do."
   Directed by Jennifer Cooper, Bye Bye Birdie stars: Drew Sullivan as Conrad Birdie, Jonica Buck as Rosie Alvarez, Rodrigo Gaspar as Albert Peterson, and Adriana Morales as Kim MacAfee.
   Retired teacher George Klos is the musical director, with music teacher Jacqueline Fortier doing the vocal coaching.
   The supporting cast includes: Shelby Davidson as Ursula Merkle, Johanna Diaz as Mrs. Merkle, Travis Foster, Jessica Pederson, Julia Roura and Keith Schermerhorn as teenagers, Britani Hammond as Gloria Rasputin, Wendy Hernandez as Brandy MacAfee, Scott Schermerhorn as Hugo Peabody, Dalen Shaw as Mrs. MacAfee, Justin Tilton as Mr. MacAfee, and Crystal Tyler as Mae Peterson.
   Adult actors in the production include: Michael McGinnis as Charles Maude, Catherine Buck as the mayor's wife, and Kyle Smith as the mayor.