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Oak Forest High School to Perform Comedy Musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

The Oak Forest High School Drama Group will be producing the wildly popular musical “Bye Bye Birdie” this spring.  Performances will be May 5 and 6 at 7 pm and May 7 at 2 pm.    

In “Bye Bye Birdie,” the biggest pop star sensation--think Justin Bieber--Conrad Birdie has been drafted, much to the sadness of his adoring fans.  Struggling songwriter Albert Pederson, played by Jake Kamper,  and his secretly engaged secretary Rose Alvarez, played by Emily Marcheschi, hatch a plot to get Conrad Birdie, played by Canyon Novick, onto the Ed Sullivan show and to sing one of his songs while kissing a young fan goodbye to symbolize saying goodbye to his adoring fans before going to war.  Hijinks ensue when the songwriter’s meddling mother gets involved and word gets out that Conrad Birdie has come to the small town of Sweet Apple where the young fan Kim McAfee, played by Cassidy Burns, who has been selected lives.  Kim’s boyfriend, gets jealous, her father gets exasperated and the whole town anticipates the biggest event that has ever happened to them….CONRAD BIRDIE is coming to their town!    
Other cast members include:  Ursula Merkle played by Millie McMahon, Doris MacAfee played by Shaina Spinks, Mr. Harry MacAfee played by Nate McGovern, Randolph MacAfee played by Matt St. Marie, Mrs. Mae Peterson played by Bre Horvath, Hugo Peabody played by Nathan Fedorenko, and the Policeman played by Olivia Lugo.      
The Teen Chorus is played by:  Alyssa Ryan  (Helen), Annais Gangolf (Nancy), Molly Kiley (Margie), Breanne Morrissey (Alice), Amanda Blasco (Penelope), Olivia Earl (Sad Girl/Susie), Kinsey Carrera (Debra Sue),  Maddie McErlean (Lee), Ema Kester (Phyllis), Olivia Pedersen, Jordan Jones (Sad Girl), Antwhan Rice (freddy), Griffin Boger (Carl), Josh Bruno (Harvey Johnson) Nathan Fedorenko, Jeff Willeford, and Matt St. Marie.   
“Bye Bye Birdie” is directed by John Stevens and assistant directed by Victor Pazik.  Stage direction and lighting design are directed by Edgar Gonzalez-Baeza.  Student assistant directors for Mr. Stevens are Kinsey Carrera and Josh Bruno.  The Assistant Director for Mr. Pazik is Sarah Boblink.    
Tickets, which are $6 for students and $8 for adults/senior citizens, are available by emailing Victor Pazik at vpazik@bhsd228.com or calling 708.687.0500 ext 3603.