A loving send-up of the early 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, Bye Bye Birdie remains a fan favorite. The musical, starring Dick Van Dyke, first opened on Broadway in 1960. Van Dyke also starred in the 1963 film, which also featured Ann-Margret, Paul Lynde, and Janet Leigh.
Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted. As a farewell, he will sing “One Last Kiss” and kiss Kim McAfee, a girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio, live on the Ed Sullivan Show. Albert and Rosie are in charge of the events, but more than one adult in town tries to stop the show. Featuring hit songs such as “Put on a Happy Face,” “Kids,” and “A Lot of Livin’ to do,” this lively musical features more than thirty talented teenagers onstage.
Bye Bye Birdie is directed by Tim Connors. Derek Simons is vocal director, Olive Peterson is instrumental director, Bob Winter is tech director, Sarah Long is choreographer, and Katie Enright is costumer.
The talented cast includes senior Henry Connors as Albert (the Dick Van Dyke role), junior Deja Pickett as Rosie, sophomore Brooke Parkinson as Kim McAfee, junior Heath Atz as Mr. McAfee, senior Mallory Donaldson as Mrs. McAfee, and senior Riley Vinney as Conrad Birdie.