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Black Cat Theater

South Hadley, Massachusetts

 


 

"BYE BYE BIRDIE"

November 20-23, 2014

South Hadley High School

 

SYNOPSIS

 

         BYE BYE BIRDIE tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. The singer, Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley type, has a pompadour and thick sideburns; he wears gaudy gold costumes and speaks in a rugged voice. Albert Peterson, his agent, is a very pleasant mild mannered young man. Albert's faithful secretary Rose Alvarez keeps him and Birdie moving forward in the world. Rosie concocts one final national publicity plan before Conrad's induction.

 

         Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with an all-American kiss. Kim MacAfee in Sweet Apple, Ohio wins the honor. All of the phones in her town are already busy during The Telephone Hour as Kim has just been pinned to Hugo, a local boy. She sings with springlike ardor How Lovely to Be a Woman, as she pulls on the jeans and the baggy sweatshirt considered stylish and popular among young ladies.

 

         The arrival of Birdie in Sweet Apple causes people of all ages to swoon. Birdie says that his success is due to the fact that he is Honestly Sincere when he sings, and the quiet little town goes into a spin. The MacAfee household is completely upset by the visiting celebrity. It is decided that Birdie will give his One Last Kiss on the Ed Sullivan show. Kim's father who laments the whole uproar, tries to break into the act and behaves like a ham on the TV show. Hymn for a Sunday Evening is a salute to the greater glory of Ed Sullivan.

 

         Birdie becomes disgusted with his life and goes out on the town with the teenagers. He feels tense with Albert and is tired of being supervised. The parents of Sweet Apple cannot understand the new generation and express this in Kids. Rosie, still waiting for that band of gold from Albert after eight years, invades a Shriners' meeting. An extremely hilarious ballet ensues. She then decides to become the Latin American spitfire that she is painted as, by Albert's lead-footed catastrophe-ridden mother. She is determined to become Spanish Rose. Kim is reunited with Hugo, and Rose with Albert in the lovely number Rosie.

 


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Fall 2013

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Spring 2013

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Spring 2012

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Fall 2011

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Spring 2011

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Fall 2010

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Spring 2010

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 July 2009  the return of

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

   

Spring 2009

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Fall 2008 

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How to Succeed - Cast & Crew Photo 


For further information please contact:

Dawn Larder

blackcattheater@gmail.com

 413-563-6023

 

Matt Meers

matteasthamp@yahoo.com

 

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