Bolivar-Richburg Central School will be presenting Bye Bye Birdie on April 14 and 15 at 7:00 at the Jr./Sr. High School in Bolivar
With a dedicated cast and crew of more than 50 students, a fantastic orchestra comprised of students and adults from around the local communities, and a host of volunteers, this hilarious and quirky Tony Award winning musical with catchy songs and energetic dances will surely not disappoint.
“Bye Bye Birdie is a show that holds a special place in my heart as it’s the first show I had ever performed in,” shared Andrea Harris, the director for this year’s production. “This opportunity, for most students, is the first time they have been involved in a musical, and I am so impressed with how hard they have worked.”
The concept for the musical is based on the fame and army induction of Elvis Presley. Conrad Birdie is a veritable copy of Elvis in character, but also in the way Elvis was able to affect his fans, particularly his female fans.
Bye Bye Birdie has been entertaining audiences for more than 60 years. Set in 1958, the musical tells the story of a talent agent, Albert, and his girlfriend, Rosie, trying to save Almaelou Music Company after their star client, Conrad Birdie, gets drafted into the army. Their plan involves a trip to Sweet Apple, Ohio where Conrad will bestow one last kiss on a randomly chosen fan, Kim MacAfee, but having a celebrity in town will shake up relationships, families, and feelings.
“I’m so thankful for all the students who have stepped up to not only learn lines, blocking, choreography and songs, but to do so with poise and excellence,” commented Ms. Harris. “It is my hope that like my experience with Bye Bye Birdie this will inspire a love of musical theatre in many students and adults in our community. I am so thankful to the amazing production team that has supported this show, and to all of the community members who have stepped in to get things done.”
Doors for the show open at 6:30 p.m. each day. Tickets are $7.00 for adults and students 13 and over. Children 12 and under are free.