NEW ULM -For folks who love a good musical comedy "Bye Bye Birdie" is a ticket for some fun and entertainment.
The play will be presented by New Ulm High School at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23 at the New Ulm Middle School auditorium.
"Bye Bye Birdie" tells the tale of a rock and roll singer- Conrad Birdie - who is going to be inducted into the army.
The entire cast of Bye Bye Birdie.
Cast members pictured from left: Caity Anderson, Sam Sveine, Alexa Forstner and Katie Hansel.
Alex Hoffman, a senior, has taken on the role of playing Conrad Birdie.
"The role's kind of an Elvis character ... the girls are crazy about him," said Hoffman, "You feel famous for a few hours a day when you come to practice - it's kind of fun."
Birdie's agent, Albert Peterson, is a mild-mannered man who is kept in line by his secretary, Rose Alvarez.
Bye Bye Birdie's Cast/Crew:
Rose Alvarez - Katie Hansel
Albert F. Peterson - Sam Sveine
Kim MacAfee - Sarah Maudal
Mrs. Peterson- Caity Anderson
Hugo Peabody - Josh Gronholz
Conrad Birdie - Alex Hoffman
Harry MacAfee - Colin Campbell
Doris MacAfee - Trisha Johnson
Randolph MacAfee - Anthony Wieneke
Maude - Jordan Burkhart
Mayor - Taylor Johnson
Mayor's Wife - Liz Melville
Harvey Johnson - Trevor Hildebrandt
Mr. Johnson - Zach More
Ursula - Kelsey Koch
Gloria - Alexa Forstner
Mrs. Merkel - Leah Nelsen
Deborah Sue - Kya Fischer
Margie - Maddie Babel
Susie - Hannah Hagen
Phyllis - Becca Waibel
Penelope - Julie bode
Helen - Laura Schumacher
Freddie - Ethan Hauer
Karl - Peter Stevens
Lee - Dustin Reinhart
Ed Sullivan - Trevor Hildebrandt
Quartet -Ethan Hauer, Johannes, Makepeace, Peter Stevens, Kevin Kauffman
Reporters-Lora Hlavsa, Erik Curry, Anna Waibel
Stage Manager - Olivia Blake
Camera Man - Zacl Holmquist
Audio Man - Tom Maidl
Drama Director - Wendy Tuttle
Accompanist & vocal coach - Shannon Stuckey
Pit Orchestra - 25 piece pit orchestra
Choreorapher- Jill Curry
Costumes - Carolyn Drexler
Technical Director/Set Design - Sheldon Rieke
Audio Director - Jason Olson
Props - Karla Hansel and Patti Hoffmann
Photography/Publicity - Carrie Forstner
Publicity Assistance - Alicia Swift
Program & Power Point - Sue Date
Ad Design - Robyn Sand Anderson
Orchestra Assistance - Paula Anderson, Ann Ayer
Tickets - Sue Date, Eileen Campbell
Concessions - Linda Neigebauer
Cast Party - Terry Sveine
Program printing - donated by River Bend Business Products
Posters-Donated by Norwood Promotional Products
KNUJ -Community Affairs
Martktplatz Mall sign - Mike Nichols
Albert Peterson is played by Sam Sveine, who is also a senior this year.
"It's been a lot of fun ... especially now after everything is coming together," said Sveine.
Sveine noted that being in this play has taught him how to act and sing at the same time.
The secretary Rose has been waiting for Albert to propose to her for eight years now.
The character of Rose is played by senior Katie Hansel.
"She's fed up because Albert won't leave his mom," said Hansel, "She (Rose the character) runs the show behind the scenes and keeps everything organized."
Rose comes up with one final national publicity stunt before Birdie's induction.
Birdie will bid a teenage girl goodbye with an "all-American" kiss.
Kim MacAfee, played by senior Sarah Maudal, of Sweet Apple, Ohio is the one who gets the honor.
"It's a lot of fun. It's a great cast of kids. It's been busy, but definitely worth it," said Maudal, "I've learned to multi-task and go at this ... or anything ... with a fun outlook."
When Birdie arrives in Sweet Apple the town goes into a spin with excitement.
Kim has a boyfriend, Hugo, who is played by Josh Gronholz, also a senior.
"You don't have to have a huge role to still have fun," said Gronholz.
A decision was made that Birdie will give his goodbye kiss on the Ed Sullivan show. But during the show, Kim's father who seems to be lamenting the entire uproar, attempts to break into the act and behaves like a ham on the television show.
Birdie realizes that he is disgusted with his life and goes out on the town with the teenagers.
He has grown tired of being supervised by his agent Albert.
The show is filled with musical numbers like: "Kids," "Spanish Rose," "A lot of livin' to Do," and "Put on a Happy Face."
Trisha Johnson, 16, said that being in the play has helped with her acting.
"I've learned to act better," said Johnson.
The show's Producer Gary Maki said that tryouts were held the second week of September for the play.
There are 99 students actively on stage, about half a dozen behind the stage helping, and a few students in the pit orchestra, Maki said.
"There's been lots of people who have stepped up (to help)," said Maki, "It's exciting and also challenging. You're excited to see the finished product."
Anthony Wieneke plays the character of Randolph MacAfee.
"I'm excited for this," said Wieneke, "Everyone brings their own unique talents to make the show exciting and fun. Come watch us."
Advance tickets for the show are available at Hy-Vee and Cash Wise Foods. Tickets cost $6 for students/senior citizens and $8 for adults. All tickets are $1 more at the door.