Feature Story                                                                                                 Wednesday, April 23, 2014

 

The Sweetest Apples

Expertly crafted Tony award-winning musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie April 30 to May 10

Released by Steffi Munshaw, Chilliwack

 

Bye Bye Birdie characters Kim MacAfee and Conrad Birdie played by local actors hits the stage with aplomb April 30.

 

he year is 1958 and the Rock ‘n Roll phenomenon is spreading across America! Pop star Conrad Birdie is the country’s hottest icon with more than a million fans.

 

His agent, Albert Peterson, signs him for a $50,000 guarantee with the future looking bright – there’s no stopping his career! Suddenly, news comes that Conrad is being drafted into the Army and soon will be shipping out. Word spreads and teenage girls across the nation are heartbroken!


Albert’s secretary, Rosie, has an idea to create a new song (“One Last Kiss”) and have his biggest fan, Kim MacAfee, kissed by Conrad Birdie before he goes off to war, all filmed live on the Ed Sullivan show.


This musical includes such classic songs as “Rosie”, “Put On a Happy Face”, “Kids!” and many more.

 

Bye Bye Birdie is a musical satire performed with the fondest affection, giving insight into everyday life that is a part of us all. It is the tops in imagination and frivolity, a show that will be enjoyed by the whole family!


Including a cast of over 30 people from ages 10-80, Bye Bye Birdie includes direction by Randy Newbury, produced by Damon Fultz, choreography by Karry Kozak, musical direction by Paula Quick, orchestra direction by Adam Van Loo, and stage management by Steffi Munshaw.

 

This show combines the talent of GW Graham Middle Secondary School students as well as community members, a joint collaboration between school and community to create an educational experience for students with both professional and amateur role models all of whom are passionately dedicated to theatre.


The show runs April 30-May 10 (Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:00pm) with a special by-donation preview on April 29th to benefit the Patrick O’Brien Scholarship.


Tickets are $10/$15 and available at GW Graham Middle Secondary School (45955 Thomas Rd) and the Dogfather (9701 Menzies St).

 

 

 

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