Upper School Play

Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie is a musical parody set in 1958 and inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his 1957 draft notice into the U.S. Army. 

   Music manager Albert Peterson (Michael Clarizio) finds himself in trouble when his biggest star and teen sensation, Conrad Birdie (Bryce McCole), is drafted into the army. Albert’s secretary and sweetheart, Rose Alvarez (Ivy Ramos), concocts a plan to help Albert pay off his debt to Conrad so he can finally get out of the music business and become an English teacher instead. They plan to have Conrad sing Albert’s new song, “One Last Kiss,” and give one lucky girl from his millions of fans a real “last kiss” on The Ed Sullivan Show before heading off into the army. The lucky girl chosen at random is Kim MacAfee (Juliet Holyfield) from Sweet Apple, Ohio. While Kim and her other Birdie Fan Club members are thrilled with the prospect, Kim’s parents, Harry and Doris MacAfee (Jonathan Huang, Siena Schofield), and Kim’s “steady,” Hugo Peabody (Vinayak Pal), aren’t so certain. 

   With a talented supporting cast, the Delphian School Theater Department performed its production of Bye Bye Birdie to thrilled audiences and rave reviews.