Nov. 15, 16 & 17 at LHS Auditorium
The Music Department at Lynnfield High School (LHS) presents “Bye Bye Birdie,” a musical comedy with performances on Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m.; Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, November 18 at 2 p.m. at the LHS Auditorium (275 Essex St., Lynnfield). Directed by Douglas Hodgkins and choreographed by Martha Flom, Holly Borden and cast member Christina Kotsaninis, this Broadway show made a star of Dick Van Dyke in 1960 for his performance as Birdie’s manager who sings “Put on a Happy Face.”
The plot for “Bye Bye Birdie” was inspired by Elvis Presley’s induction into the Army in 1958. Teenager Kim MacAfee from a small Midwestern town is chosen to receive “one last kiss” from rock ‘n’ roll star Conrad Birdie before he goes into the Army. Conrad’s manager, Albert Peterson, sees his meal ticket preparing to fly the coop, so he and his longtime love, Rosie, hatch the publicity stunt to help them survive Birdie’s departure. But Kim’s boyfriend, Hugo, is humiliated at the thought of her kissing someone else; Rosie can’t wait for Albert to get out of the music biz; and the teens and town of Sweet Apple, Ohio, are plunged into chaos.
Lead cast members include Michael Gravante as Albert, Liam Connelly as Conrad, Kim Daniels as Rosie, Madelyn Burke as Kim and Christopher Collins as Hugo. Other supporting roles and ensemble player performances are by Frederick Plante, Nina Dunn, Willa MacLennan, Isabella Miranda, Charles Wainwright, Ashton Tanner, Grace Mealey, Ann Olsen, Christina Kotsaninis, David Blake, Jacob Vath, Adam Tanner, Alex Tanner, Elizabeth Daly, Mary Gray, Paula Regina, Emily Vath, Maria Ruiz, Madeleine Mahan, Jessica Chann, Karen Ellis, Julia Henriques, Joshua Mattera, Kiera Burns and Camille Hodgkins. Traditional cameo appearances are by Principal Robert Cleary and Assistant Principal Brian Bates.
Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for senior citizens and students. Tickets are available online at www.ticketstage.com/LFHS and will be available for purchase an hour prior to each show. Reserved seating for all performances.