NEWS: Drama Club Prepares For “Bye Bye Birdie” Performance

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By Molly Mercaldo – Staff Reporter

Jonathan Law’s Drama Club is rehearsing for its upcoming musical performance of “Bye Bye Birdie” on March 31.

This musical will feature characters such as Rose, the female lead, played by Law junior Margaux Accorda, and Albert, the male lead, played by senior J.P. Amaro.

“I have fun playing my character and watching everyone else play theirs,” Accorda said. “I also like the story line and the plot.”

This is Accorda’s first time appearing in a Law play. She auditioned and received the lead role.

The play will feature other Jonathan Law performers such as juniors Maddie Baldieri (Kim MacAfee), Berat Celik (Kim’s boyfriend), and senior Ally Maccio (Mrs. MacAfee). Freshman Justin Amaro plays the title character of Conrad Birdie.

The show follows Conrad Birdie, a teen pop-rock star, just days before he goes out to serve in the army. Albert, his manager, and Rose, Albert’s secretary, come up with a publicity stunt to make one lucky girl Conrad’s last kiss and hilarities ensue as plans go wrong.

“Here at Drama Club, we are just like a big family,” Celik said.

The director of the musical is Christina Kalafut. She directs the play and also works with the students on choreography and vocals.

“I was cast in this musical when i was in high school and took away many wonderful memories from it,” Kalafut said.

Seniors Sarah O’Brien and Ann Reed are helping Kalafut choreograph parts of the show.

“I’m always impressed with the talent everyone of my students have in drama club, both on, and off stage” Kalafut said.

Law chorus teacher Ms. Jones is also helping out with the vocal aspect of the show by helping the students sing well together.

“The show itself is entertaining,” Accorda said. “’Bye Bye Birdie’ has great jokes, music, and dialogue. The cast has worked really hard.”

The performance features many songs like “Honestly Sincere” and “An English Teacher,” two of the most popular songs from the original play.

The play is set in 1958 and is going to be set up to look like it is from that time period.

“This play is different because it is old-fashioned so the story is set in a different time period,” said Baldieri.

The shows debuts on Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. There will also be performances on April 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Admission will be $12 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens.


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