The Medomak Valley Players will open “Bye Bye Birdie” on Friday night, Nov. 8 in the Ronald E. Dolloff auditorium of the school, located on Manktown Road.
Performances for the fall musical will be Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m.; Sundays, Nov. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m.
A sock hop opportunity for patrons to visit with the “Birdie” characters will follow the Nov. 10 matinee in the cafeteria.
“Bye Bye Birdie” concerns the romance of a composer-publisher-agent and his secretary, plus the drafting if his rock ’n’ roll star into the Army. In a well-meant publicity stunt, they all descend upon a small Ohio town and proceed to turn it upside-down. The results are hilarious and musically rewarding.
The production team includes director Peter Stuart, assistant director Maida Cordero, assistant director-choreographer Dixie Weisman, technical director Matthew Kopishke, and costume director Kerry Weber. In addition, many parent volunteers have contributed their time and expertise in set building, painting, hair and makeup, donations, and all other aspects of the production.
The principle cast in the MVHS production features Owen Weber as Albert Peterson, Emily Lupien as Rosie Alvarez, Wyatt Sykes as Conrad Birdie, Allison Lupien as Kim MacAfee, Kalina Chazin-Knox as Mae Peterson, Andrew Beaucage as Mr. MacAfee, Eliza Nelson as Mrs. MacAfee, Lucy Jameson as Rhonda MacAfee, and Kolyn Mattson as Hugo.
Additional cast members are Cameron Baines, Lyra Stevens, Zaniah Puchalski, Chloe Blake, Emma Kunesh, Sophie Brooks, Grace Owen, Nolan Grubb, Alyssa Flaherty, Hannah Carr, Ian Doughty, Norah Doyle, Jason Holbrook, Michaela Staples, Lora Jaymes, Chantel Emery, Ivy Ladd, Megan Lee, Rachel Gross, Ella Donaghy, Scarlett Abbott, Lily Rogers, Coleman Swain, Justin Mahoney, and Sean Sebrey.
Tickets are $14, reserved; general admission is $12, and it is $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be bought online at msad40.org/mvhsPlayers, or call 832-5389, ext 149. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Sock hop admission is $5 at the door, and free with a completed coloring page available at all SAD40 elementary schools.