Will teen fan Kim MacAfee get one last kiss from pop sensation Conrad Birdie before he's off to the military?
That's the question that will be answered when the curtain goes up on the Litchfield High School production of "Bye Bye Birdie," opening Thursday, March 28, through Saturday, March 30, in Simmons Gym. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for all three shows.
The cast gave two previews to the show for Litchfield students Wednesday morning, March 27, featuring three numbers from the first act.
Produced by DeDe Irvin and directed by Paige Farnworth, Ellis Henley and Cassie Lord-Remmert-McKorkle, the show features lead roles from Alex Pastrovich as Albert Peterson, Chloe Horn as Rose Alvarez, Gracie Long as Ursula Merkle, Grace Flannery as Kim MacAfee, Sara Pence as Randolph MacAfee, Bethany Seely as Doris MacAfee, Beau Smith as Harry MacAfee, Alex Fischer as Conrad Birdie, Spencer Hoehl as Hugo Peabody and Alexis Staggs as Mae Peterson.
Those in supporting teen roles are Tamaree Petty as Helen, Audrey Fischer as Alice, Rylie Hester as Margie, Jordan Morgan as Nancy, Julia Bader as Irene, Natalia Deren as Deborah Sue, Carly Guinn as Charity, Aury Hartman as Suzie, Luke Davis as Harvey Johnson/Shriner, Alex DeLaCruz as Karl/Shriner, Kevin Pollard as Freddy, Izzy Ray as Penelope and Ian Hall as Gregor/Shriner.
Those in supporting adult roles are Billy Beckham as Ed Sullivan/Shriner, Raven Campbell as Mrs. Merkle, Zain Dodson as Bartender Maude, Josh Street as Mayor/Shriner, Sydney Hoehl as Mayor's Wife Edna, Michelle Saathoff as Gloria Rasputin, Krysten Spencer as Conrad's Guitarist, Haydan Brown as Policeman/Shriner, Mallory Beechler as Sweet Apple Reporter, Lauren Thompson as Sweet Apple Reporter, Drake Facchinello as Reporter/Shriner, Mcall Wertin as Reporter, Sky Coke as Ethel, Eithan Rigsbey as Mr. Johnson/Shriner, PJ Roberts as Phyllis, Kylee Eiting as Stagehand, Bri Jeffers as Fourth Voice, Katlin Long as Audio/Police Officer, Alyssa Loyd as Wardrobe Woman, Koda Mix as Traveler, Britney Nowlan as TV Stage Manager, Jordan Ramey as Train Conductor, Brooke Severtson as Audio/Cameraman and Alivia Wyatt as Susan.
On the production crew, Nick McKorkle, Lynne Taylor, Lloyd Irvin, Steve Remmert and Bailey Webster were in charge of scenery construction, Elbert Jones and the LHS construction trades classes handled stage construction, and DeDe Irvin, Taylor Henley, Charleigh Dossett, Abby Roberts, Madison Uchtman and Jordan Mickevich handled costumes.
The stage crew is Summer Beckham, Brady Bishop, Makenna Bolte, John Corso, Lexi Cota, Caleb Dearinger, Charleigh Dossett, Eddy Guo and Haley Malloy.
In the pit band are Cassie Lord-Remmert-McKorkle, Anna Baugher, Ryan Baugher, Madi Chvala, Patrice Corso, Taylor Henley, Sam Horn, Chris Lord, Chet Lord-Remmert, Patrick Lord-Remmert, Brian Lotter, Cara Pence, Ryan Pirok, Ryan Poole, Caroline Quarton, Emma Reid, Rayna Spencer, Faythe Stocker, Jenna White and Colby Wygal.
On the hair and make-up team were Paige Farnworth, Daisy Adams, Taylor Brakenhoff, Halie Davis, Emma Evans, Ellen Fleming, Abbe Kuehn, Britney Law, Riley Meyer, Becky Painter, Chloe Pastrovich, Zoe Sanmiguel, Madi Throne, Mackenzie Wilson and Jenna White.
Scenery artists were Kyle Lenhardt and the LHS art department. The effects team is Jessica White, Lynne Taylor, Kylie Bates, Bryan Hasquin, Ashley Hickerson, Colten Wall, Lexy Weeks, Josie Schoen, Naomi Plumer and Alexis Zeller.