‘Birdie’ still makes ’em scream
A musical inspired by the screaming masses of fans and hoopla that surrounded Elvis Presley back in the 1950s will be performed for a new generation of teenagers this week at West Valley High School.
“Bye Bye Birdie,” revolves around what happens when a rock ’n’ roll superstar visits a small Ohio town.
The cast: Sam Estabrooks as Albert Peterson; Sydney Wallingford as Rose “Rosie” Alvarez; Colton Long and Grant Gallaher as Conrad Birdie; Emily Vermillion and Morgan Pipkin as Kim MacAfee; Noah Strehlou as Mr. MacAffee; Taylor Cummings as Mrs. MacAfee; Shannon Brandvold and Kristin Norman as Randolph MacAfee; Nick Branson as Hugo Peabody; Maddy Stiles and Macey Howe as Mae Peterson; Allie Highberg and Kamara Berland as Ursula Merkle; Hanna Highberg and Tierny Cathcart as Gloria Rasputin; Colton Long and Grant Gallaher as the Mayor; Bri McGarry as the Mayor’s Wife; Tori Fleury as Mrs. Merkle; Micelli Olmstead as Mr. Johnson; Zach Martinez as Maude.
Ensemble cast members: Kamara Berland; Shannon Brandvold; Katie Brown; Tierny Cathcart; Elizabeth Ellis; Tori Fleury; Sierra Geaudreau; Allie Highberg; Ashley Maddox; Zach Martinez; Bri McGarry; Bailee McNeel; Kristin Norman; Micelli Olmstead; Austin Pinkerton; Morgan Pipkin; Haley Ryan; Maddy Stiles; Emily Vermillion; Sara Wagoner; Cassidy Rutter.
Creative team: Delvone Bullis, director; Brendan Biele, assistant director; David Leinweber, set maker; Morgan Ott, stage manager; Breandan Fluno, assistant stage manager; Hailey Crowder, assistant stage manager.
Technical crew: Kristi Mitchell; Jared Ilg; Ezra Way; Garrett Dubois; Dakota Gramlow.