Easy Street Theater buddies are preparing to bring our special abilities actors into our rehearsals of “Bye, Bye, Birdie”. Thirty-seven actors and 20 buddies will bring the characters of Almaelou Studios and Sweet Apple, Ohio to life for three memorable evenings of theater on November 6, 7, and 8 at Kankakee Junior High School.
The story centers around Conrad Birdie’s agent, Albert Peterson, and Albert’s girlfriend, Rosie Alvarez. Almaelou Studios needs to raise money, and its biggest star has just been drafted. To raise much needed funds, Rosie plans a publicity stunt for Conrad to kiss one of his fans goodbye before leaving for the Army.
Conrad Birdie is an Elvis Presley-type caricature of the famous rock star. The lucky fan is Kim MacAfee who is president of his teenage fan club in Sweet Apple, Ohio. Kim’s group of girlfriends are over the moon with teenage excitement. The boys, especially Kim’s boyfriend, Hugo, are ready for Mr. Birdie to leave town as soon as he gets there. Albert’s doting, ever-suffering, mother, Mae, adds extra stress to Albert’s already stressful situation.
The music of Strouse and Adams, “Put On A Happy Face”, “Telephone”, “Kids”, “A Lot of Livin’ To Do”, etc. are classic Broadway tunes that will bring you back to the exciting times of the 60s.
Performances on November 6 and 7 will start at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. on November 8th. Tickets are $8 for general seating and will be pre-sold at Joy’s Hallmark, Veronda’s Music Village, and King Music Shoppe. Tickets will also be sold at the door at KJHS.