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Tickets for the East Central College production of Bye Bye Birdie are now on sale.  ECC Theatre will present the Tony Award winning musical  March 14-17. 

 

Bye Bye Birdie dances back to the 50s with a nostalgic look at teenage life and rock n’roll.  

 

Directed by Grace Austin with vocal direction by Paula Nolley, Bye Bye Birdie will feature Chad Greife as Albert, Danielle Clapper as Rosie, Katie Alexander as Kim, Keith Goers as Harry MacAfee, and Patty Kellmann as Mrs. MacAfee.  Isaac Corum and Kullen Brueggemann will alternate in the role of Randolph MacAfee.

 

Jake Schultz portrays Hugo, with Riley Dunn as Conrad Birdie, Kaitlin Smith as Ursula, Lee Garner as Charles Maude, Carol Buescher as Mae Peterson and Tara Steffens as Gloria.

 

Featured vocalists include Andrew Groom, Jeremy Bates, Tony Gokenbach, Zack Zerna, Dave Baylard, Lee Garner, Shane McDermott, John Craig,  Leslea Walter, Haley Fortune, Trish Baker and JoJo Lampe.

 

Featured dancers include Zack Zerna, Leslea Walter, Abi Brown, Olivia Schmitt,  Angie Stanley, Haley Fortune, Kaitlin Smith, Trey Johnson, Natasha Snavely, Dani Bruns and Amanda Reetz.  Adult ensemble members include Jim Bucher, Rita Bub, Heidi Nuckolls and Jeff McLafferty.  Teen ensemble members include Ryan Bay, Rita Bub, Ethan Canby, Breanna Dengler, Lexi Everhart, Gabe Loaizia, Mary McLafferty,  Sarah Marsch, Katie O’Rear, Jacob Schmidt, Haley Walter and Meagan Zerna.

 

The cast is rounded out by a children’s ensemble featuring Alicia Baylard, Elysia Schmidt, Libby Hillermann, Madeline Eckelkamp, Molly Eckelkamp, and Christina Hill.

 

Bye Bye Birdie will be presented Thursday through Saturday, March 14 through 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m.   Tickets may be purchased online at www.ecctheatre.com, by calling  636-584-6693 or by stopping at the ECC Box Office located on the first floor of Buescher Hall weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

 

This satire on America with a book by Michael Stewart , lyrics by Lee Adams , and music by Charles Strouse is set in 1958.  It was inspired by the phenomenon of pop singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957.

 
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