‘Bye Bye Birdie’ to be staged April 13, 14

THE CAST OF “Bye Bye Birdie” posed on the Port Washington High School auditorium stage just days ahead of the staging of the classic musical. The musical, staged by Port Youth Theatre, tells the story of Conrad Birdie, played by Jack Wagner, who has been inducted into the army and whose manager concocts a publicity stunt to find a teenage girl whom he will kiss goodbye. The play will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Tickets are $5. Photo by Sam Arendt.


The popular musical “Bye Bye Birdie” will be staged by the Port Washington Parks and Recreation Department’s Port Youth Theatre this weekend in the Port Washington High School auditorium.

The show will go on at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, and 2 p.m., Saturday, April 14. 

The show, based on the movie, lasts about 90 minutes and includes a 15 minute intermission.

The show, set at the end of the 1950s, tells the story of rock & roll idol Conrad Birdie, played by Jack Wagner. 

At Almaelou Music Corp. in New York, Conrad’s managers, Albert Peterson, played by Alex Orten, and Rosie Alvarez, portrayed by Laura Cashin, learn that their client has been inducted into the army. 

Though she’d prefer that Albert settle down and become an English teacher, Alvarez concocts a publicity stunt — Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with a public farewell kiss. She randomly selects the name of the lucky girl, 15-year-old Kim MacAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio, played by Celeste Hermans.

“Bye Bye Birdie” features the songs that include “Telephone Hour,” “Kids,” “One Boy,” “Got a Lot of Livin’ to Do,” “Honestly Sincere” and “Put on a Happy Face.”

The cast members include Hans Pfrang as Mr. MacAfee, Kalyn Diercks as Mrs. MacAfee, Matthew McCaman as Randolph MacAfee and Ryan Luib as Hugo Peabody. Albert’s mother is played by Caitlin Luib.

Supporting friends and residents of Sweet Apple are portrayed by Chloe Peer, Abby Rowley, Roman Cira, Caroline Hadacek, Abby Fritsch, Josephine DeMerit, Sydney Garthus, Molly Pashak, Shannon Knowski, Emma Kasza-James, Brandon Hale, Hunter Hermans, Macy Smith, Gavin Muller, Benjamin Falkenberg and Kristi Stewart.

The chorus features Ava Arndt, Max Ball, Noah Batesole, Mara Bossert, Emma Carter, Katja Cira, Kiley Cline, Addie Dahl, Reagan Dahl, Maddie Eason, Zachary Falkenberg, Madeline Feld, Oliver Feld, Lidia Gerloff, Simon Gilhooly, Rafi Gonzales, Sarah Gwidt, Julianne Huber, Harper Jackson, Alexis Jobs, Alina Lisowski, Lillian Merow, Norah Merow, Avery Newell, Sophie Newell, Elaina Perez, Julia Pfeiffer, Sharla Plier, Clare Ritter, Ava Sand, Isabella Schmitz, Ava Schnappup, Carlie Snodgrass, Ella Spankowski, Lincoln Steele, Josie Turner, Josie Uselding, Sydney White and Taylor White.

The show is directed by Diana Neumeyer with Mary Van Pietersom as the vocal director and Felicity Rondeau, Hans Pfrang Laura Cashin and Dana Tremelling as choreographers. 

Lindzy Willborn is the stage manager and Matthew O’Donnell is assistant stage manager. The stage crew is comprised of Claire Ball, Dana Tremelling, Joe D’Acquisto, Fraser Toal, Liz Mackey, Miranda Larsson and Hannah Boyle.

Ron Binns is the light and sound designer with the assistance of Gabbie Matous and Darian Drewitz.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Parks and Recreation Department and Drew’s True Value in Port Washington. Tickets will be available at the door as space permits.  

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 284-5881.

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