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Bye Bye Birdie playing soon at The Hanover Theatre

To celebrate Hanover’s Homecoming, the Hanover Community Players will be mounting a show last seen at JDSS in 1991 – Bye Bye Birdie. There will be six shows in 2014 – May 22, 23, and 24th and May 30, 31, and June 1st, 2014.

A Broadway musical!  Production Staff will include:  Director, Lianne Marett-Enns, Music Director, Karine Ringenberg, Choreographer, Karen Schmalz and Stage Manager, Marg Poste.

Bye Bye Birdie is a satire that takes place in 1958 and centres on an Elvis Presley type rock and roll superstar (Conrad Birdie) who is drafted into the army.

This upbeat family musical comedy speaks to all generations, which makes it a great theatre entertainment option for those wanting to spend time with friends and family.  All ages will be able to relate to the eyebrow-entertainment pop culture phenomena, and the dynamics of parents and children at various stages of life. Bye Bye Birdie is a satire done with the fondest of affection.  It gives an insight into the everyday life that is very much a part of us all. One of the most captivating Tony-award winning Broadway musicals of our time.


A rock and roll singer, Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley type,  is about to be inducted into the army. Albert Peterson is Conrad’s agent. Albert’s faithful secretary Rose keeps him and Birdie moving forward in the world.  Rosie concocts one final national publicity plan before Conrad’s induction.

Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with an all-American kiss.  Kim MacAfee in Sweet Apple, Ohio wins the honour.  All of the phones in her town are already busy during  The Telephone Hour as Kim has just been pinned to Hugo, a local boy.  She is a pretty girl of fifteen and sings with spring like ardour How Lovely to Be a Woman.

The arrival of Birdie in Sweet Apple causes people of all ages to swoon.  Birdie says that his success is due to the fact that he is Honestly Sincere when he sings, and the quiet little town goes into a spin.

The MacAfee household is completely upset by the visiting celebrity.  It is decided that Birdie will give his One Last Kiss on the Ed Sullivan Show.  Kim’s father, who laments the whole uproar, tries to break into the act and he behaves like a ham on the TV show.  Hymn for a Sunday Evening is a salute to the greater glory of Ed Sullivan.

Birdie becomes disgusted with his life and goes out on the town with the teenagers.  He feels tense with Albert and is tired of being supervised.  The parents of Sweet Apple cannot understand the new generation and express this in Kids. 

Rosie, still waiting for that band of gold from Albert after eight years, invades a Shriners’ meeting.  An extremely hilarious ballet ensues. She then decides to become the Latin American spitfire that she is painted as, by Albert’s lead-footed catastrophe-ridden mother.  She is determined to become Spanish Rose. 

Kim is reunited with Hugo, and Rose with Albert in the lovely number Rosie.


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