Arts & Entertainment

Scenes from Bye-Bye Birdie

Bye-Bye Birdie dance number Credits: John Mooney
Josh Wiener stars as Albert Peterson in Bye-Bye Birdie Credits: Sandra Kenoff
Sara Miller as Rose Alvarez Credits: John Mooney
Ethan Staple Andrew Hunte and Peter Canevari (as Conrad Birdie) Credits: John Mooney
Ryan Lopez as Hugo Peabody Credits: John Mooney
Peter Canevari as Conrad Birdie Credits: John Mooney
Julia Guarneri and Ryan Lopez Credits: John Mooney
Ethan Staple Credits: John Mooney
Ryan Abramowitz Credits: John Mooney
Sara Miller as "Spanish Rose" Alvarez Credits: John Mooney
Credits: John Mooney
Julia Guarneri. Credits: John Mooney
Bye-Bye Birdie cast Credits: Madison Goldberg
Josh Wiener as Albert Peterson in Bye-Bye Birdie Credits: John Mooney
The Pit Credits: John Mooney
Abigail Flanagan and Caitlin Bourke Credits: Madison Goldberg

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – The SPFHS Repertory Theatre staged sold-out performances of the hit musical Bye Bye Birdie this weekend. 

Set in the late 1950s, the show features rock and roll star Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley type, at a time when he’s at the top of the charts and drafted to the US Army. Birdie’s manager and songwriter, Albert Peterson, and his longtime love, Rose Alvarez, hatch a publicity stunt to help sell Birdie’s new song, “One Last Kiss” and save their business from going under. They arrange for Birdie to give “one last kiss” on national TV to superfan Kim MacAfee, a teen from small-town Sweet Apple, Ohio, at Birdie’s farewell performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. When Birdie and his team arrive in wholesome Sweet Apple everyone is abuzz. However, Kim's boyfriend, Hugo, is quite jealous and both merriment and chaos ensue.   

The cast features a total of 53 students, 15 of whom are seniors. The production is under the direction of Mrs. Courtney Nemec, Director, SPFHS Repertory Theatre, a 5th grade teacher at Park Middle School, and Mrs. Jan Allen, SPFHS Choral Director, Repertory Theatre Music Director and Producer. The show has a large stage crew and, importantly, features a pit band as well. 

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Performances will be held on Thursday, March 16; Friday, March 17; and Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.  All shows take place at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, 667 Westfield Road, Scotch Plains. Tickets may be purchased at and are $13 for students/seniors and $15 for adults.  

Here is the complete Bye Bye Birdie cast list: 

  • Albert Peterson: Joshua Wiener
  • Rose Alvarez: Sara Miller
  • Conrad Birdie: Peter Canevari
  • Kim MacAfee: Julia Guarneri
  • Mr. Harry MacAfee: Ethan Staple
  • Mrs. Doris MacAfee: Meghan Ryan
  • Mrs. Peterson: Tali Abraham
  • Hugo Peabody: Ryan Lopez
  • Ursula Merkle: Erin Sheehy
  • Randolph: Billy Kasper
  • Gloria Rasputin: Nicole Dencker
  • Maude (Bartender, Quartet Bass): Andrew Hunte
  • Helen: Kathryn Kalaigian
  • Nancy: Maddie Sassoon
  • Alice: Abby Flanagan
  • Margie: Lorie Rosado
  • Penelope: Francesca Jones
  • Deborah Sue: Katie Lamendola
  • Harvey Johnson: John DeMarco
  • Mayor: Conor Flood
  • Mayor’s Wife: Caitlin Bourke
  • Mrs. Merkle: Samantha Sprechman
  • Maude’s Dishwasher (Quartet Tenor 1): Ryan Abramowitz
  • Maude’s 1st Customer (Quartet Baritone): Kyle Magee
  • Maude’s 2nd Customer (Quartet Tenor 2): Conor Flood


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