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Irvington Says Hello to 'Bye Bye Birdie'

February 14, 2012
Irvington High School



By Dominique Reynolds

 


BYE, BYE BIRDIE is one of the most captivating musical shows of our time. It is a satire done with the fondest affection, and tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army.

“An English Teacher,” “What Did I Ever See in Him?,” “Put on a Happy Face,” “One Boy,” “A Lot of Livin' to Do,” and “Kids,” are just some of the classical musical numbers sprinkled throughout this Broadway hit. The show is the tops in imagination and good old fashion fun.
   
As Irvington High tries to tackle Bye Bye Birdie, Irvington students are anxious to check out the final results. “Everyone can’t wait to see it,” says Esho Organices a senior in Irvington High School.

According to Mr. Robinson, the show’s musical director, “We are auditioning over 300 people including middle school and high school students.”

Bye, Bye Birdie tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. The singer, Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley type, has a pompadour and thick sideburns; he wears gaudy gold costumes and speaks in a rugged voice. Albert Peterson, his agent, is a very pleasant mild mannered young man. Albert's faithful secretary Rose Alvarez keeps Albert and Birdie moving forward in the world.

According to Mr. James Wall, who attended the  New York Film Academy, he will be helping Irvington High School with their musical. “This musical, for those of us who were of the age then, represents a time and a place we thought would not end. Entering our early teens in suburbia, the biggest issues in our lives were those reflected in the film; who pinned who and the adulation of our musical icons.”

Mr. Wall pointed out that the world of the late 50’s was idealized by many. “The whole world was sweet apple pie and ‘someday we would find out this was what life was all about’ as Kim sings to a befuddled Hugo.”

Bye, Bye Birdie is ultimately a love story and, according to Mr. Wall, even nerds can fall in love. “I am so happy to be a part of remaking this wonderful Bye Bye Birdie with Irvington High School.”

Students are anxious to participate. “I would be so glad to be a part of the Bye Bye Birdie crew,” says Shanie Labech, a senior in Irvington High School.

Cast members from Irvington High school will need to play Kim MacAfee - a teenage girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio, selected to kiss Conrad Birdie on the Ed Sullivan Show and Rose Alvarez who plays Albert's secretary and love.

Guys are needed to play self-possessed Hugo Peabody - Kim's "steady" boyfriend and Conrad Birdie - Rock and Roll Elvis-like superstar. there will be a lot more characters that will also need filling.
   
Irvington High School theatre program will also need a  chorus for a variety of roles in the play.
   
“I really hope I get to play Kim MacAfee because she is the fun outgoing, bubbly, and funny character all the traits i contain say Stephanie Bliss .

“If you love acting, even if you just want to come out and help the Bye Bye Birdie staff,I am sure we can find you something to do,” says Ms.Robin Bartee, an English teacher and the show’s producer/director


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