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.
“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.
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 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