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Spring musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ showcases story of rock idol

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Alex Diamond
The spring musical, “Bye Bye Birdie,” will take place in the Sherry Lansing Theater on May 16, 17 and 18.

The spring musical, “Bye Bye Birdie,” will take place in the Sherry Lansing Theater on May 16, 17 and 18.

The two-hour production takes place in 1958 and tells the story of Albert Peterson and Rose Alvarez trying to save Almaelou Music Company, while their biggest rock star, Conrad Birdie, is being drafted into the Vietnam War.

“It’s based on the fact Elvis (Presley) was being drafted into the army, so it has the story of a rock idol being drafted,” Liucija Ambrosini, theater director, said.

Mrs. Ambrosini has worked at Lab for 53 years, this year being her last. Mrs. Ambrosini said the choice of the musical has nothing to do with her leaving but all to do with the cast.

“I like to choose a natural progression, a lot of times, for the cast that have been working through the years, and this is a nice ensemble for the cast,” Mrs. Ambrosini said.

The cast of more than 25 includes onstage and offstage personnel, ninth graders through seniors.

The musical features Isaac Sutherland playing Albert Peterson, Lena Valenti playing Rose Alvarez, Whit Waterstraat playing Conrad Birdie, Evelyn Halbach playing Kim McAfee, Peter O’Donnell playing Randolf McAfee, Aaron Moss playing Mr. McAfee, Sienna Yamini playing Ms. McAfee, Eliza Dearing playing Ms. Peterson, and Alex Fogel playing Ursula Merkle.

“Bye Bye Birdie” will start at 7:30 p.m. each performance. Tickets are now available for $10 and can be bought before school, after school and during lunch.

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Juliana Daugherty
Juliana Daugherty, Reporter
Juliana Daugherty is a member of the Class of 2027 and serves as a reporter. She began writing for the Midway in the 2023-24 school year as a ninth grader. Outside of journalism she is one of the PR managers of U-High film society. She loves to read, listen to music, and spend time with friends and family.
Alex Diamond
Alex Diamond, Photographer
Alex Diamond is a photojournalist and a member of the Class of 2026. His favorite part of photojournalism is taking photos. Outside of photojournalism, Alex enjoys hanging out with friends and learning new things. Awards: 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, Boston convention: Honorable mention, feature photo

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