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The High Notes of the Musical

posted Mar 12, 2014, 9:35 PM by Unknown user

Rachell Resnik


Students of Van Buren High School are making preparations for the performance of the musical “Bye, Bye Birdie” which will be held on March 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Participants in the musical are very excited to showcase their talents before the Van Buren community.

Actresses in the musical, juniors Alyssa Miller and Emily Anderberry, provided a rundown of what to look forward to in this Elvis Presley-inspired show.


“Bye, Bye, Birdie” is about a young star, Conrad Birdie, getting drafted into the army. In a last ditch effort to make some extra money before being sent overseas, Conrad’s manager and songwriter Albert Peterson writes a new song called “One Last Kiss” for Conrad to sing. Albert picks one random girl, Kim MacAfee from Conrad’s fan club, for Conrad to give “one last kiss” on television before being sent off.


The leading roles of the musical are filled by sophomore Andrew Kelley as Conrad Birdie, freshman Brandon Bell as Albert Peterson, Miller as Rose Alvarez, who is Albert Peterson’s secretary and lover, and Anderbery as Kim MacAfee.


Anderberry praised Miller, saying, “Alyssa is a very experienced actress and has a beautiful voice!”


Referring to the lead actor in the show, Miller said, “I would look forward to [sophomore] Andrew Kelley in the musical; he is lot of fun.”


Both Anderberry and Miller agreed that the musical will showcase a lot of young and upcoming actors at Van Buren.


One of the up-and-comers Freshman Justen Stall, who plays “lady killer” Harvey Johnson, told the audience to look forward to the humor in the musical and the exciting group dance numbers.


Tickets for the show will be on sale before and after school on the week of March 17-20, as well as half an hour before showtime each night. Adult tickets are $10 and student tickets are $5.  Purchase tickets early to ensure a good seat!


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