Sophomores say Bye Bye Birdie in December

By John Zambenini, a senior from Dayton, Ohio

WILMORE, KY — Asbury College’s Consecrated Class of 2009 is gearing up for its sophomore musical, a production of the 1960 hit Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie. Opening night is Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. with subsequent performances Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Doddridge-Holland Theatre. The show is free and open to the public. 

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The musical is under the direction of Dan Baer of Stow, Ohio. Assisting Baer are Kathy Conolly and Kaitlin Laubham. Nathan Forrest will direct the pit orchestra, while music is under the direction of Meghan Parker. Choreography for the show will be provided Carey Klein.

Bye Bye Birdie chronicles the life and exploits of Conrad Birdie, whose career resembles that of Elvis Presley. The show is a musical satire of American society in the late 1950s, complete with hip-swinging rock and roll and a multitude of screaming girls.

Historically, Asbury College’s sophomore class has put on the musical in the spring, but Consecrated Class members are currently in the midst of rehearsals and will begin set construction next week.

“We don’t have much time left and a lot still to do, but I have full confidence that this is going to be one of the best musicals Asbury has seen in a long while, acting, singing, and dancing. It really is going to be a great show,” Baer said. For more information on student activities, visit the Student Life web site.

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