For the past five months, 39 middle school students have been rehearsing for the latest in musical productions at Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School, "Bye Bye Birdie."
The show will take place at 6:30 p.m. today and Friday in the TVEMS gym. The cost is $3 for students and $5 for adults.
The musical, set in 1950s in Sweet Apple, Ohio, tells the story of rock 'n' roll teen idol Conrad Birdie, who has just been drafted into the Army. Conrad's manager, Albert, and his secretary Rosie have the idea to take Conrad on the Ed Sullivan Show and give a special good-bye kiss to one lucky fan, Kim Macaffee. Throw in Albert's overbearing mother and Kim's jealous boyfriend and you have a recipe for comic hilarity.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Joe Hoover
Students at Tucker Valley Elementary-Middle School students prepare Wednesday for the upcoming production of ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ set at 6:30 p.m. today and Friday at the school. Pictured are students Matt Louk, as Albert Peterson, and Kaylee Nedrow, as Rose Alverez.
The musical is sure to delight audiences young and old alike. Some of the hit songs from the musical are "Put On A Happy Face," "A Lot Of Livin' to Do" and "Kids."
Not only are students performing, but this year, nine teachers round out the cast.
"This is a great way to foster student-teacher interaction outside a class room setting," said Director Eric Emch. "This is one of the most dedicated, hardworking cast that we have had at Tucker Valley. ... It makes the entire process of putting together a show very enjoyable."
The cast is as follows:
Matt Louk as Albert Peterson, Kaylee Nedrow as Rose Alverez, Skyler Humphrey as Conrad Birdie, Jane Leard as Mae Peterson, Ryan Hart as Mr. Harry Macaffee, Amanda Harper as Mrs. Dorris Macaffee, Jonna Burnside as Kim Macaffee, Brody Strawderman as Randolph Macaffee, Aidan Bunnell as Hugo Peabody, Taylor Ambrose as Ursula Merkle, Lizzy Fenner as Gloria Rasputin/reporter, Kenzie Kyle as Nancy/NYC dancer, Leah Underwood as Alice/NYC dancer, Cortney Haddox as Margie, Jenna White as Helen, Lesley Cale as Suzie, Alexa Greenlief as Deborah Sue, Kayla Wolford as Penelope Anne, Natalie Evans as One girl/Sweet Apple teen, Kenzi Pitzer as Sweet Apple teen, Domonique Meadows as Sweet Apple teen/reporter, Mikala Betler as Sweet Apple teen/reporter, Alex Wray as Fred/police officer, Rorry Day as police officer/conductor, Bonnie Knotts as Ed Sullivan Announcer/Sweet Apple parent, Jan Michael as Penelope's mom, Cathy Hebb as mayor of Sweet Apple, Karen Gilligan as Phyllis, Michele Felton as Mrs. Merkle, Amy Goughnour as Lee Anne and Jacque Roy as Sweet Apple parent.
Eric Emch is the director and Valerie Eye is the assistant director
Anyone with questions can the school at 304-478-3606.