Truckee High presents ‘Bye Bye Birdie’
Bye Bye Birdie,” a story of love, teenage crushes and small-town America, comes to the Tahoe Truckee High School tonight.
The drama students, under the direction of Peggy Boelk, and the Truckee High symphonic band, under the direction of Dave Green, have been busy preparing for months for their annual spring musical.
It can be a drain on their free time, but it’s worth it, they said.
“You just let go. and get to have fun,” senior Koral Harris said of playing teenager Kim McAfee. “Even though it’s a lot of work, it’s still enjoyable because I get to be on stage with my friends.”
Senior Alicia Collins, who plays Kim McAfee’s mother, Doris, said this year’s rehearsals are going much more smoothly than last year’s preparation for “Footloose.”
“I think we’re all working our butts off,” she said. “Everyone is in it to win it.”
Collins said the dialogue in “Footloose,” a more contemporary story, was much simpler than “Bye Bye Birdie,” which comes from a more distant time for the teenage actors.
“I hope that [the audience] will get out of the musical that we worked really hard to bring this era back,” Collins said. “Hopefully they will be able to relate.”
Another spring musical means that the Truckee High drama department is close to losing another group of talented young performers. More than a dozen seniors are involved in this year’s spring musical production.
“It’s bitter-sweet,” said Harris, who will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo next year. “It’s fun being the senior, and have everyone kind of look up to you almost … but I’ll definitely miss everyone next year.”
While Harris said she wants to continue acting as a hobby and a passion, Sean Powers will study theater as a profession at University of Nevada, Reno next year.
“It’s kind of sad. Everything I know is high school theater, and now I’m going on to college,” he said.
Powers wants to major in theater and minor in film, but he’s still unsure of what the future holds.
“At this point in my life, I don’t know what I want to be,” he said, “so I’m not making any decisions, yet.”
Albert Peterson”Owen Smith
Rose Alvarez”Cassie Denton
Mae Peterson”Diana Oropeza
Conrad Birdie”Sean Powers
Kim McAfee”Koral Harris
Mr. McAfee”Michael Sheldon
Mrs. McAfee”Alicia Collins
Randolph McAfee”Wyatt McCall
Ronda McAfee”Kelsey Shaw
Ursula Merkle”Chenin Krieger
Hugo Peabody”Colton Long
Mayor’s wife”Ashley Bratland
Mrs. Merkle”Kellie Conway
Gloria Rasputin”Megan Lynch
Harvey Johnson”Casey McDaniel
Deborah Sue”Sarah Heckendorn
Margie”Jenny Van Blarigan
Mr. Johnson”Jonathan Riley
Ed Sullivan”Ryan Baumann