Thursday, February 23, 2012

FRIENDS MIDDLE SCHOOLERS PRESENT ROLLICKING MUSICAL

Friends Middle School presents

BYE BYE BIRDIE

WHEN: Fri. and Sat., March 2-3, at 7 PM, and on Sun., March 4 at 2 PM
WHERE:
Friends School of Baltimore, Forbush Auditorium, 5114 North Charles Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $10 for adults and $5 for students, and may be purchased at the door or at the Middle School office during school hours.

Featuring such classic toe-tappers as “Put On a Happy Face” and “One Boy,” the production boasts a cast, chorus and crew of some 70 Middle Schoolers! For more information, click HERE.

Set in 1958 in Sweet Apple, Ohio, Bye Bye Birdie follows the teenage hysteria created when singer Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley-ringer, is called up to the U.S. Army. Albert Peterson, Conrad’s mild-mannered agent, and his long-suffering secretary/sweetheart Rosie Alvarez concoct a last-ditch publicity stunt before sending their cash cow overseas: they’ll have Conrad sing Albert's new song, "One Last Kiss," and give one lucky girl from his fan club a real “last kiss" on The Ed Sullivan Show. Panic ensues in Sweet Apple when Kim McAfee, president of Sweet Apple’s Conrad Birdie fan club, learns she’s the girl who Conrad will kiss on national television.

Featuring such classic toe-tappers as “Put On a Happy Face” and “One Boy,” the production boasts a cast and chorus of some 70 Middle Schoolers, with Manuel Binford ’14 as Albert Peterson, Grace Hehir ’15 as Rosie Alvarez, Mark Johnson ’14 as heartthrob Conrad Birdie, Emma Dudley ’14 as Kim McAfee, the would-be recipient of Birdie’s “last kiss,” Will Mortimer ’15 as Hugo Peabody, her jealous boyfriend, Cory Nigrin ’14 as Mr. McAfee and Nina Dietz ’14 as Albert’s over-bearing mother, Mae Peterson. Missy Gorman and Cecile Audette, respectively, direct and music-direct the show. Kathy Satmary is choreographer. Set design is by Evan Gifford, with construction support by Tod Rutstein and a student crew.