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Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Repertory Theatre Presents Bye Bye Birdie

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – The SPFHS Repertory Theatre is proud to present this year's production of Broadway's hit musical Bye Bye Birdie. Performances will be held on Friday, March 10, Saturday, March 11, Thursday, March 16, Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 12 at 2 pm.  All shows take place at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, 667 Westfield Road, Scotch Plains.

This classic musical set in the late 1950s 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 Conrad Birdie to give “one last kiss” on national television to Birdie 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, 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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"The staff are very excited to present this classic show, Bye Bye Birdie, to the local community and beyond," according to Allen. "The cast has been working tirelessly to put together a delightful on-stage performance, and all of the other off-stage components, with the commitment of many other students, are coming together in an equally exciting way."

Tickets may be purchased at BirdieSPFHS.BrownPaperTickets.com and are $13 for students/seniors and $15 for adults.  Seniors  with “Gold Cards” may contact Kathleen Sheehy at kgsheehy405@gmail.com to arrange for their ticket. 

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

Ensemble:

Grace Ahlin; Ben Artuso; Lauren Barth; Pauline Bayotas; Paulo Bayotas; Rachella Carlino; Antoinette Chango; Victoria Domiciano; Robbie Fisher; Nora Going; Amelia Graham; James Hahn; Nina Halberstadter; Alex Halpin; Vanessa Handy; Kyle Isolda; Tara Kenoff; Gabrielle Klausner; Andrew Lomuscho; Roberto Lugo; Matt Mahmet; Shannon McCreesh; Nate Redmount; Maeve Robertson; Alexander Rossi; Rachel Schuman; Megan Sheehy; Oliver Sherry; Danielle Vuono; Kyiani Womack

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