Niles High School students to perform ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

Published 9:20 am Friday, March 21, 2014

Cast members of "Bye Bye Birdie" perform "Healthy, Normal American Boy" at dress rehearsal Thursday. (Leader photo/AMBROSIA NELDON)

Cast members of “Bye Bye Birdie” perform “Healthy, Normal American Boy” at dress rehearsal Thursday. (Leader photo/AMBROSIA NELDON)

Despite several delays due to snow and ACT testing, the cast of Niles High School’s spring musical is ready to take the stage Saturday evening.

In two performances this weekend, 40 students will perform their rendition of the award-winning musical, “Bye Bye Birdie.”

“(The show) takes place in the late 50s, early 60s and it all has to do with this rockstar, Conrad Birdie. He’s being drafted into the army and his manager has decided to write one last song, ‘One Last Kiss,’ and Birdie’s going to give a kiss to one of his fan club members,” said director Meg Bartlett. “It’s a comedy and all the music is from the late ‘50s and ‘60s.”

Bartlett said auditions were held before winter break, but the crew got a late start on practices because of all of the snow days in January and February. Nonetheless, she said the cast is more than ready and excited to perform.

“These kids have worked so hard. We’ve had so many obstacles in our with the ACT testing and the weather, and these kids have just not let it get in their way,” she said.

Shows are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens.



Albert — Danny Grimes

• Rosie — Danielle Villa

Kim MacAfee — Abby Rzepka

Conrad Birdie — Elijah Ernsperger

Helen — Marina Thornton

Nancy — Jenna McAllister

Alice/sad girl — Emma Doud

Margie Ann — Hannah Hill

Penelope Ann — Jordan Rohl

Deborah Sue — Perla Chavez

• Suzie — Bailey Schneider

Gloria Rasputin/Linda — Madison Schneider

Carol/sad girl — Chloe Mattiford

Martha Louise — Hannah Davis

Ursula — Katelyn Phillips

Harold — Jon Lutin

Karl — Nick Cole

Harvey — Matt Golubski

Freddie — Mike Johnson

Mrs. MacAfee — Stephanie Rickords

Mr. MacAfee — Oskar Olade

Randolph MacAfee — Nolyn Jankoviak

Mrs. Mae Peterson — Katy Stelter

Reporter 1/Mrs. Merkle — Taylor Frazier

Reporter 2/Mrs. Johnson — Tiffani Williams

Mayor — Travis Lintz

Mayor’s wife/Maude — Nola Wallace

Hugo Peabody — Nick Cole

Conductor/Townsperson — Rachel Uhl

Policeman — Jackie Roberts

Townsperson — Shaylyn Baker

Assistant Student Director — Tiffani Williams