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SUBMITTED by Dan Montondo, Gatesinger Company, Ltd (22-Mar-2011)

What would have happened if Elvis had come to Pultneyville in 1958 to film a segment for the Ed Sullivan Show? We don't need to imagine, because Conrad Birdie returns to Gates Hall at 4107 Lake Road in Pultneyville for the Gatesinger Company, Ltd’s spring production of "Bye Bye Birdie" April 8 and 9 at 8 pm, and April 10 at 3 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling the Gatesinger box office at 315-589-3326 or by mailing your ticket requests to Gatesinger Company, Ltd., P.O. Box 95, Pultneyville, NY 14538.

FRONT:  Wyatt Doremus, Lois Fiegl, Dean Johnson
2nd ROW: Paulina Gutierrez-Gomez, Schuyler Kelley, Tamara Kelley, Don Kelley, Forest Kelley
BACK: Larissa Myhowych, Albert Young, Bob Gorski, Rachel Pasternak, Jeff Brackman, Ian Kerr, Suzanne Bell, Kathy Doremus, Paul Liedman, Anne Vander Byl

This 1960 Broadway hit was scripted by Michael Steward, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams. Popular featured songs include “Put on a Happy Face”, “Kids” and “A Lot of Livin To Do”. The original cast starred Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, and Paul Lynde. Directed by Amanda Lobaugh and Patti Montrois, the show tells the story of Albert Peterson (Albert Young), a New York City talent agent who is in a crisis because his number one client - rock and roll legend Conrad Birdie (Bob Gorski) – has just been drafted into the army. Albert’s secretary and sweetheart, Rose (Rachel Pasternak), has been patiently waiting for Albert to dissolve his partnership in the talent agency with his overbearing mother, Mae (Kathy Doremus) and marry her.

The action moves from NYC to Sweet Apple, Ohio where local teenager Kim McAfee (Allie Mullin) has been selected to receive “One Last Kiss” from Conrad, which will be televised on the Ed Sullivan show. While the local teenaged girls are thrilled, Kim's steady boyfriend, Hugo (Ian Kerr) and her father and mother (Paul Liedman and Suzanne Bell), do not share those feelings. Everything falls apart when Kim decides to run off with Conrad, and Hugo heads to the local bar to drown his sorrows.

The cast is supported by Kim's sister, Randi (Paulina Gutierrez-Gomez), Kim's best friend, Ursula (Nicole Young), and Gloria Rasputin (Anne Vander Byl) who is Mae's choice to replace Rose as Albert's secretary. Parents and town folks include Jeff Brackman, Wyatt Doremus, Lois Fiegl, Dean Johnson, Don Kelley, and Tamara Kelley. The local teenagers are played by Forrest Kelley, Schuyler Kelley, Kelsey Mullin, and Larissa Myhowych. Check the web-site www.gateshall.com for additional information and directions to Gates Hall.

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