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Truckee High presents ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

Renee Shadforth
Sierra Sun
Photo by Ryan Salm/Sierra SunSome of the cast of "Bye Bye Birdie" gets amped during a dress rehearsal at Tahoe Truckee High School earlier this month.
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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”Jon Sturtevant

Mayor’s wife”Ashley Bratland

Mrs. Merkle”Kellie Conway

Gloria Rasputin”Megan Lynch

Harvey Johnson”Casey McDaniel

Maude”Dow

Deborah Sue”Sarah Heckendorn

Alice”Chelsea Hess

Nancy”Amie Engerbretson

Margie”Jenny Van Blarigan

Penelope”Jenni Ward

Susie”Erica Harvey

Helen”Emma Shaffer

Karl”Chris Sundeen

Freddie”Tom Dyer

Reporter”Morgan Keese

Mr. Johnson”Jonathan Riley

Ed Sullivan”Ryan Baumann

ENSEMBLE

Chantelle Sundeen

Laurel Patterson

Ashley Macrorie

Casey Green

Kim Harrigan

Kate Sheldon

Vanessa Orey

Emalie Diaz

Brittney Taylor

Emily Adams

Kristin Deeter

Ashley Willingham

Shelby Lewis

Kayla Peterson

Laurel Patterson

Jared Kaufman

Shawn Conway

Ryan Baumann