JHS Presents 2015 Musical, Bye Bye Birdie – 3/19 to 3/21

Jamestown High School is proud to announce it 2015 Musical, Bye, Bye Birdie. The musical will be presented March 19 & 20th at 7 p.m. and March 21st at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the JHS Merton P. Corwin Auditorium.  Tickets are $8 and are available at Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union locations: 51 E. Main St., Falconer, 111 W Second St., Jamestown, 57 Lake Shore Drive W., Dunkirk, and 41 South Erie Street, Mayville. Michele Constantino directs the JHS production with Orchestra Conductor, Meghan Bolling-Murray, Vocal Director, Lauren Scharf, and Choreographer, Jaclyn Haskell.

“We are so excited to be back at Jamestown High School performing the school musical.  It’s been 23 years and now we are back! We have a great cast, awesome staff and the show is amazing,” said Mrs. Constantino.

Bye, Bye Birdie, book by Michael Stewart and music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Lee Adams, is about an Elvis Presley-inspired rock star, who is drafted into the army and who creates a near-riot in a small Midwestern town when he stops there for one last publicity junket — takes good-natured swipes at popular culture, rock n’ roll, and American family life. Bye Bye Birdie was not only a famous Broadway musical, but also a successful movie.

The JHS cast includes: Cameron Hurst as Albert  (Dick Van Dyke role), Sonia Angeli as Rosie (Chita Rivera on Broadway and Janet Leigh in the movie), Emily Nelson as Kim (Ann Margaret in movie), Jacob Dietzel as Hugo (Bobby Rydell in Movie), Skylar Gore as Harry MacAfee (Paul Lynde in the Movie), Sydney Deppas as Mrs. MacAfee, Natalie Shafer as Mae Peterson (Albert’s Mother), Camron Curtis and Max Bolling sharing the role of Randolph (Kim’s little brother) and Lorenzo Rodriguez as Conrad Birdie.

The JHS Musical’s tradition of giving back to its community through a preshow collection continues this year with the Brown Family. The family is known throughout the community for their involvement in all things “kids.” Sixteen years ago Doug Brown was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and confined to a wheelchair. Last year, his wife, Alda, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She became an advocate and voice for others afflicted with the disease. The Brown children (Bradley and Mia) attend Jamestown Schools and are smart, strong, very talented, and role models amongst their peers. The financial strain on the family is overwhelming and the JHS Musical cast is pleased to do their part to help.

“Besides the fact that we all love music (and we all do), we get the chance to give back to the community,” said JHS junior and cast member, Cameron Hurst. “This year we want to help the Bradley Brown family. He’s a great kid and the whole family is wonderful. Brad’s dad is unable to work because he is confined to a wheelchair with MS and his mom was just diagnosed with breast cancer. We are encouraging everyone to contribute. We want the audience to really help us help them.”

The production holds a special St. Patrick’s Day Gala at the Crystal Ballroom on March 14th with special guest performers Brett Fallon, Lauren Scharf and Conrad Birdie and Company. The group also performed at the $10,000 giveaway by Shults at the Mall, visited Lutheran Social Services, and recently toured area elementary schools

posted on 03/13/2015 - filed under: Community, JHS, Parents, Spotlight, Staff, Students, teachers