With choruses of “We love you, Conrad, oh yes we do,” echoing in the theatre and the stage lights brightening, the upper school musical Bye Bye Birdie officially began. From opening curtain to final bow, the show was spectacular to watch and a sold-out success! Following the story of young heartthrob Conrad Birdie and his pending deployment, miscommunication and hilarity ensue in the small town of Sweetwater, Ohio, as Conrad Birdie himself comes to town for “One Last Kiss.”
Parents, students and staff worked endlessly on this musical, from costumes to props to keeping our students hydrated during tech week. The show’s comedic timing, impressive dance numbers and strong vocals boasted lots of hard work and dedication. The end result was four productions of incredible entertainment and many behind the scenes memories made.
“It’s fun being a freshman in the show because you get to know a lot of upperclassmen and make friends with everyone,” said Kelsie Burns ’22, who played Gloria Rasputin. She continued, saying, “Tech week was when we made the most memories. Being busy backstage, lots of funny things happened that bonded us.”
The show could not have gone on without the tireless efforts of parent volunteers, directors Cindy Blades and Claire Westmoreland, Director’s Circle patrons and countless others.
“Mrs. Blades and Mrs. Westmoreland really care about us and helped make the show what it was,” said Eva Adickes ’22. She went on to say, “They would ask our opinions on things and value our opinions. It’s a great community they have built for us. The theatre room is like a second home inside the school.”