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Rosary presents ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ in November

Updated: November 22, 2013 6:10AM

Rosary presents ‘Bye Bye Birdie’: Rosary High School will present the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” from Nov. 8 through 10 in McEnroe Auditorium, 901 N. Edgelawn Drive, in Aurora.

“Bye Bye Birdie” features music by Charles Strouse with lyrics by Lee Adams and book by Michael Stewart. This popular musical is a satire on American society in the early 1960s surrounding the teenage obsession with singers such as Elvis and the rock ’n’ roll movement.

As teenage idol Conrad Birdie is about to be inducted into the Army, he visits the small town of Sweet Apple, Ohio, to bestow one last kiss on one lucky teenage girl representing his adoring fan club. The original Broadway production won the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Stage direction and choreography is by Kristin Voris, and music and vocal direction is by Megan Drahos. Technical directors are Rob Stredde and Chris Huntoon. The cast includes more than 40 students from Rosary High School and Marmion Academy in Aurora, and music is provided by the Rosary symphony orchestra with additional musicians from the Marmion-Rosary band.

Show dates are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.

Pre-show special events are planned for Friday and Saturday. The Rosary Diner will serve hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and root beer floats on Friday night beginning at 6 p.m. for $10.

Saturday night features a “Taste and See” event with wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres in the school library for $30.

Both are fundraisers sponsored by the Rosary Fine Arts Boosters to fund already-installed auditorium improvements, including lights, sound, a new grand piano, and remodeled backstage dressing rooms.

Tickets are available online at or call the school at 630-896-0831.

Here is the cast:

Aurora: Tim Gilmore, Kate Jarecki, Abby Koch, Kailey Novack, Valen Piotrowski, Emily Thornton, John Thornton and Grace Torres.

Batavia: Isabella Davison-Arancio, Hannah Keun, Mary Mueller, Rachel Neff, Olivia Wulbert, Zach Wulbert and Liz Yeske

Big Rock: Melissa Bronski

Downers Grove: Cecelia Kinane and Annika Strolle

Geneva: Jill Danklefsen, Ashley Fritz, Diego Mercado, and Alyssa Mertka

Montgomery: Ben Colwell and Suzanne Quinn

Naperville: Jack Stover

North Aurora: Cassandra Kania, Gabi Pruenda, Elizabeth Sayasane

Oswego: Tom Bergan, Devon James, Sarah Phipps, Stephanie Smick

Somonauk: Olivia Delo

St. Charles: Drew Glanville and Katelyn Jassoy

Sugar Grove: David Blaha, Lea Wantuch and Aurora Weed

Wayne: Emily Burback and Anthony Clementi

Wheaton: Zach Bosh and Sara Caligiuri

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