QV Musical knows “you gotta be sincere”
By: Will Torrance
It’s time to stop sizzling steaks and shining Cadillacs, because the QVHS musical, Bye Bye Birdie, will be sweeping the stage! This 50’s fanatic musical is bringing a lot of living, singing, dancing, and a little screaming for only a few days.
The show follows music industry owner Albert Peterson (Joseph Stater), and his supportive secretary Rosie Alvarez (Mary Savocchia) as they must end the career of their star, an Elvis-like singer Conrad Birdie (Jordan Coury), with a final curtain performance before he’s shipped off to the army. Sending off this rockstar is small-town teenager Kim McAfee (Victoria Medich), whose sudden involvement in this whole operation causes an uproar for her family, friends, and her neighborhood in Sweet Apple, Ohio. Through all this chaos, Albert and Rosie must try to keep their heads above water while their singing stud floods the town with teen screams, angry parents, and unwanted in-laws. It’s a rollercoaster of events that is sure to bring laughter and enjoyment to the audience.
The entire cast of QVHS’s Bye Bye Birdie
The cast of Bye Bye Birdie is ecstatic for their show to premiere, and have been working long hours to make sure every step taken, line spoken and note sung is pleasing to their audience. “They have the energy, where they’re working hard, but it doesn’t seem like work,” says Director Austin Wolford.
He emphasizes how much the cast has enjoyed being in the show. “It’s long hours, but it’s worth it,” says Wolford.
The cast reflects on their long haul towards the night of the performance, and remarks on what parts of their musical experience they loved. “I love the colors and costumes,” says dance captain Maddie Volchko, “but I really love how the cast is a lot tighter than in the past, like how everyone is so friendly with each other, that kind of thing.” Volchko states that audiences will love the tap number for “Put on a Happy Face,” since it is--as she puts it--as much fun to watch as it is to be a part of.
Other cast members have commented on the show’s 50’s rock n’ roll setting, and how much fun it is when they’re screaming in joy and excitement whenever Conrad Birdie strikes a pose.
“I think people will love the show, it’s got a lot of hilarious moments. I hope some adults come see it and think ‘Huh, I was the same way when this artist became famous!’ That’d be fun,” says Will Torrance, who plays the father of Kim McAfee.
Bye Bye Birdie runs from March 5-7 at 7:00 PM in the QVHS auditorium. Tickets may be purchased online. We’ve got a lot of livin’ to do, and we want you to be a part of the journey!