The Gunnery Drama Society Presents Bye, Bye Birdie

The winter musical at The Gunnery, Bye, Bye Birdie was presented by The Gunnery Drama Society in the Lemcke Theater of the Emerson Performing Arts Center, March 2-4, 2017.
The production of Bye, Bye Birdie which opened on Broadway in 1960 was written by Michael Stewart with lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse. The plot was inspired by the consternation caused by the drafting of rock 'n roll king, Elvis Presley in 1957. Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera starred in the original play.

The storyline is as follows: Conrad Birdie is the biggest star ever to be drafted and Albert, his manager and a would-be songwriter thinks he can make his fortune (and marry his sweetheart Rose) by having the star visit a small Ohio town and take leave of a special teenage fan and sing her a song on national television. Plans are complicated by Albert’s overbearing mother and Hugo the boyfriend of the chosen fan, Kim MacAfee.

Sporting one of the largest casts in recent years, the set was backed by an eight foot record. The lead characters in The Gunnery’s production were: Conrad played Tim Cervera ’17, Rose, Albert’s girlfriend is played by Sabryna Coppola ’18, Kim and Albert are played sophomores Katie Nemergut ’19 and Sean Douglas ’19.  Albert’s mother Mrs. Peterson is played by Lois Bachman ’19; Christian Kummer ’18 and Lexi Nanavaty ’17 play Kim MacAfee’s parents. A highlight of the production was the dance choreographed by freshman Hannah Richards ’20 who performed with Miranda Smith ’20.

You can watch it here

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