Easley High presents ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

EASLEY — Easley High School will present “Bye Bye Birdie” this Friday and Saturday and next Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at W.M Scott Auditorium.

“Bye Bye Birdie,” one of the most captivating musicals of all time, is the story of 1950s rock and roll singer Conrad Birdie (Brad Dail) who has been drafted into the army. Conrad’s agent, Albert Peterson (Nic Barhart), and Albert’s faithful secretary and love interest, Rose Alvarez (Katy Hiott), devise a final publicity plan before Conrad’s induction.

Conrad will give one last kiss to typical American teenage girl Kim MacAfee (Heather Clark) who has just been pinned to Hugo Peabody (Dakota Danielson). This kiss will take place on the Ed Sullivan Show with Kim’s parents (Hunter Martin and Caroline Caldwell) and her brother Randolph (Mary Helen Caldwell) at her side.

Birdie, feeling tense with Albert’s constant supervision, goes out on the town with the teenagers, and Rosie, still waiting on a commitment from Albert after eight years, decides to become the Latin American spitfire that Albert’s overbearing mother (Anna Cat Caldwell) describes her to be.

Other cast members include Nichole Aiken, Caroline Anderson, David Berryhill, Nikki Brady, Madeline Bryan, Cassidy Bryant, Ellen Cobb, Jared Davis, Taylor Davis, Kelsey Day, Torey Green, Erin Hall, Jessie Hester, Charlie Holliday, Emma Houston, Rebecca Jensen, Krista Massingill, Lindsey Owen, Rebecca Pack, Beth Pecore, Samantha Porter, Christiana Reubert, Emory Sloan, Jade Smith, Tim Spears, Emma Steen, Janey Turner, Jennifer Tutunjian, Krissy Webb, Tiffany Webb, Taylor Whitmire, Nadia Wilds, Abby Wiles, Selene Wright and Emily Younginer.

The play, directed by Jeannette Walters, is a fun show full of dancing choreographed by Simone Reed and musical numbers accompanied by an orchestra of Easley High School students under the direction of Kristen Fletcher.

“Every year I am amazed at how people pitch in and come through at the last minute to help produce a great show,” Walters said. “Theatre truly is a team effort and I am fortunate to have a fantastic team.”

This is Easley High School’s third production of Bye Bye Birdie since 1981. The cast and crew of the 1981 production under the direction of Chris Christopherson and the cast and crew of the 1998 production under the direction of Judy Rozelle and Meg Newhall are invited/encouraged to attend the 2011 production, which will be Easley High School’s last spring musical in W.M Scott Auditorium.
Tickets are $5 for students and children, $10 for adults, and $8 for senior citizens (60+). Tickets are available at the door.