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Abbey Players Present "Bye Bye Birdie" April 5-6

February 28, 2013

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Saint Anselm College's theatre group, the Abbey Players present Saint Anselm College's theatre group, the Anselmian Abbey Players, will perform the classic Broadway piece, "Bye Bye Birdie" on March 22-23 and April 5-6 at 7:30 p.m and a 2 p.m. matinee held on March 24 in the Dana Center.

"Bye Bye Birdie" is a satire of the hysterical frenzy that gripped the adoring fans of rock 'n' roll superstar, Conrad Birdie, when he is drafted into the army. Comic complications ensue when, as part of one last publicity stunt cooked up by his agent, Birdie promises to give a good-bye kiss to one lucky girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio. "Bye Bye Birdie's" upbeat score features classics such as "Put on a Happy Face" and "A Lot of Livin' to Do," and "Telephone," with a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Lee Adams.

The cast of the spring muscial features 25 talented Saint Anselm students including freshman James Brennan as Conrad Birdie, freshman Meredythe Leonard as Kim MacAFee, senior Katelyn Morreale as Rose Alvarez, freshman Peter O'Connell as Albert Peterson, and seven local children ranging in ages from nine to 14 years old.

The musical is directed by alumna Carey (Winslow) Cahoon '98 with musical direction by Blake Leister, and choreography by Nikki Aubert Murray. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, children, and NH college students. For additional information see the Dana Center website.

Photo by Cory True '09: (left to right) Katelyn Morreale '13 as Rose Alvarez, Peter O'Connell '16 as Albert Peterson, James Brennan '16 as Conrad Birdie, and Meredythe Leonard '16 as Kim MacAfee

Homepage Photo by Matthew Lomanno