BENNINGTON — This week, the students at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales School will put on their rendition of the musical comedy "Bye Bye Birdie."
The performances will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this week. All shows are at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $5. This year's show is sponsored by Dr. Charles Salem, Dr. Sarah Dahl, and Andrea Malinowski of Optionz Health and Fitness.
The play is directed by principal David Estes. Kristi Segura was the choreographer, and Crystal Harris was the set designer.
Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of Conrad Birdie, a rock and roll icon who is drafted into the army, his manager, Albert Peterson, who decides to hold a publicity stunt, in which one lucky girl will have the opportunity to get a kiss from Birdie live on the Ed Sullivan Show before he goes off to war. Birdie will be played by Adam Frost, Peterson by Logan Broderson. Peterson's sweetheart, Rosie Alvarez, will be played by Kyla Garcia-McShane. The lucky girl, Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio, will be played by Elizabeth Malinowski, and her jealous boyfriend, Hugo Peabody, will be played by Evan Eggsware.
The cast is rounded out by Autumn Connell playing Helen; Rachel Jones as Nancy; Sadie Korzec as Alice; Sloane Rivers as Margie; Madisyn Crossman as Penelope; Eric Whitman as Freddie; Andrew Giorgi as Karl; Sam Zimpfer as Harvey Johnson; Madison Hopkins as Ursula Merkle; Mollie Clark as Mrs. MacAfee; Gabriella Giorgi as Sad Girl; Lauren Felion as Mrs. Peterson; Kayla King as Gloria Rasputin; Ben Ranzona as Policeman; Eyan Richmond as Reporter #1; Issalee Niles as Reporter #2; Izzy LeRoux as Deborah Sue; Cameron Cummings as the Mayor; Grace Kobelia as the Mayor's Wife; Skyler Miller as Randolph MacAfee; Gavin Johnson as Mr. Johnson; Linnaia Connell as Mrs. Merkle; Giles Collins as Ed Sullivan; Noah Diedrich as Mr. MacAffee; Hunter Williams as Parent #1; Carter King as Parent #2; and Owen Downing as the Conductor.
Sacred Heart puts on a musical every spring. Last year, the students performed "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," and in years past have acted out a wide variety of musicals, including "The Little Mermaid," "Godspell," "Annie," "Seussical the Musical," and "Aladdin."
— Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.