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Bronxville Middle School to Rock with Musical 'Bye Bye Birdie' Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6 PDF Print Email


By Steve Krause, Middle School Parent, Bronxville Middle School

May 3, 2017:  Bronxville Middle School students have been hard at work preparing their spring musical over the last few weeks. They are now almost ready for their upcoming performances of the classic Broadway hit Bye Bye Birdie, a story inspired by the phenomenon of superstar singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice in 1957.

The community is invited to the Bronxville School auditorium for a rollicking good time at 7:00 pm on both Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6. If you haven't yet seen a show in the new auditorium, it is a beautiful venue--and this show makes great use of the space!

Bye Bye Birdie was originally a 1960–1961 Tony Award-winning Broadway production with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. It led to a London production and several major revivals, a sequel, a 1963 film, and a 1995 television production. Now this play has been adapted for school use and set in 1963. It is presented through an arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK Music Library, Inc.

Nearly 60 Bronxville sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders are part of the cast and crew for this spectacular production, which is directed by Bronxville Middle School (and High School) Choral Director Pamela Simpson. With the help of a supportive group of parents and faculty, these energetic kids bring the story of rock star Conrad Birdie, the "Elvis" of this show, to life.

The show brings us back to 1963, when the U.S. Army still had a draft. Conrad's manager, Albert Peterson, panics at the thought of losing Conrad to the Army. Albert's longtime girlfriend and secretary, Rosie Alvarez, helps him plan a last publicity stunt for Conrad. The plan is for Conrad to kiss a teenage fan on TV before heading off to the Army. They choose Sweet Apple, Ohio, for the big event. Then the story gets more complicated by a jealous boyfriend and all the other Sweet Apple teenagers. These cast and crew are excitedly putting the final touches on their show.

The show will appeal to theater lovers of all ages.

We all hope you will join us this weekend. Tickets are available for Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6. Curtain is at 7:00 pm both nights. Tickets are available for purchase online through Eventbrite, where you can select specific seats in advance, or at the door on the night of the show. To purchase tickets: Friday:; Saturday:

Pictured here:  Bronxville Middle School students rehearsing Bye, Bye Birdie.

Photo by David Fenner



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