Bye Bye Birdie a Big HitThe New Providence High School Performing Arts department encouraged audiences to “Put on a Happy Face” on March 11, 12 and 13 during their thirty-third annual musical theater production, Bye Bye Birdie. From the Friday night opening to the Sunday matinee, this musical comedy kept the audiences entertained with its fun story and wealth of famous tunes.
This 1961 Tony winning musical tells the story of songwriter Albert and his attempts to leave the music business, as well as the clutches of his overbearing mother for a life of normalcy with his secretary/girlfriend, Rose. In the interest of financial security they stage a publicity stunt that brings Albert"s biggest star, a charismatic rock singer named Conrad Birdie, to the small Ohio town of Sweet Apple, where he will bestow “One Last Kiss” on a local teenager, Kim McAfee before entering the army. Birdie"s arrival in Sweet Apple causes a great deal of concern for Kim"s parents, her little brother, and her boyfriend Hugo.When a large number of teenagers, led by Kim"s friend Ursula leave home to follow Birdie “to the ends of the earth,” all the parents (including a cast of New Providence teachers) run after them. In the end the teens return home safely, Birdie goes into the army, and Albert moves to Iowa with his “Spanish Rose” to become an English teacher.The creative vision of directors and costumers included: Director - Mr. Craig Duke, Musical Director - Ms. Susan Kirkland, Choreographer – Miss Leslie Ditta, Costumer - Mrs. Ann Lowe, Set Construction – Mr. John Russo, and Orchestra Director - Mr. Michael Niedziejko. In addition, the performance could not have taken place without the talented backstage crew, the lighting and sound booth technicians, and assistant musical director. The entire cast and crew have again created a tremendous production showcasing the talents and efforts of our high school performing arts students.
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Last Modified on March 16, 2011