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2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072
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"Bye Bye Birdie" at St. Stephens - February 2014
Tickets available at the door.
Grand Island is soon to be taken over by a bunch of teenage girls professing their love for Conrad Birdie in the ever-popular musical, Bye Bye Birdie. St. Stephen's Parish Players will be presenting "Bye Bye Birdie", book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams, on February 21, 22, 23, 28, and March 1. Offering something for everyone, the Players have three buffet dinner shows with a cash bar, a Sunday matinee, and closing night is a regular show with a cash bar available.
"Bye Bye Birdie" is about a teen pop idol named Conrad Birdie (Jared Eichel), who is about to join the Army. Before leaving for the army, his manager, Albert (Billy Horn), and secretary, Rosie (Rachel Olszewski), devise a plan to have Conrad kiss one lucky girl, Kim MacAfee (Natalie Baldassarre), much to the dismay of her boyfriend, Hugo (McLain Erhard). It is a romantic comedy musical filled with great dance numbers, choreographed by Cathy Thomas, and featuring many teens, including Jess Ackendorf, Rebekah Gaydosh, Alex Gormady, and Maggie Rustowicz, who play Kim's best friends. The show is a great combination of adult and youth talent and had Island favorites Steve Olszewski as Harry MacAfee, Chris Mongielo as Mae Peterson, and Mike Lombardo in the cameo role of Ed Sullivan. The show features the well-known songs, "Happy Face" and "We Love You, Conrad", and has great entertainment by James Bobak and the teens in Telephone Hour.
Birdie is directed by Maura Rustowicz and vocals are by Annalea Masiello. For tickets, contact Kim Kalman at 465-5574 or go to DeSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Road.
Tickets: Friday, February 21 - 6:00 dinner 7:00 show - $18.00, Saturday, February 22 - 6:00 dinner 7:00 show - $18.00, Sunday, February 23 - 1:00 matinee - $8.00, Friday, February 28 - 6:00 dinner 7:00 show - $18.00 and Saturday, March 1 - 7:00 show - $8.00. There will be a cash bar at all shows except the Sunday matinee. A snack bar will be available at the shows without a dinner. There will also be a basket raffle at all shows to help fund new sound equipment for the Parish Players. Be sure to get your ticket to the best show in town! Get ready to go back to the fifties and have a great time! Flyer
Jared Eichel - Conrad Birdie
Billy Horn - Albert Peterson
Rachel Olszewski - Rosie Alvarez
Chris Mongielo - Mae Peterson
Steve Olszewski- Harry MacAfee
Eileen Stone - Doris MacAfee
Natalie Baldassarre - Kim MacAfee
Sean Christian Rustowicz - Randolph MacAfee
McLain Erhard - Hugo Peabody
James Bobak - Harvey Johnson
Marty Bobak - Mr. Johnson
Jessica Ackendorf - Ursula Merkle
Maggie Kennedy - Mrs. Merkle
Rebekah Gaydosh - Deborah Sue
Maggie Rustowicz - Margie
Scott Kalman - The Mayor
Sarah Comfort - The Mayor's Wife
Alex Gormady - Alice, the Mayor's daughter
MaryElisabeth Rustowicz - Suzie
Julie Shipman - Penelope
Gracie Tompkins - Nancy
Gloria Rasputin - JuneAnn Chadima
Liz Zilbauer - Nurse
Caitlyn Kleinschmidt - Sad Girl
Ruby Benz, JP Bobak, Michael Bobak, Jenna Gleave, Abby Grande, Alyssa Karb, Dalton Pitts, Nolan Miles, Annie Niland, Alyssa Pelosi, Cassandra Shores, Vanessa Shores, Sarah Swagler
Dave Gaydosh, JoAnne Hambridge, Dave Karb, John Kazmercski, Alaina Kulikowski, Pat Lopatrello
The show also features an 18 piece band, led by Jeanne Suski.
Adam Bevilacqua-Trumpet 3, Craig Erhard-Trombone, Sarah Ernst-Reed 3, Phyllis Galie-Violin 2, Donna Lavallee-Horn, Lisa Macaluso-Percussion, Kevin Michki-Violin 1, Mike Moser-Guitar, Emily Nobumoto-Reed 4, Maggie Nobumoto-Reed 2, Bob Piatek-Percussion (March 1), Libby Ponton-Reed 1, Clarinet, Cassie Shickluna-Reed 1, Flute, Josh Tixier-Bass, Max VeRost-Trumpet 2, Jodie White-Trumpet 1, Jeanne Suski-Piano/Conductor