SAF Young People’s Theater: “Bye Bye Birdie!,” 12/3- 12/5!

SAF Young People’s Theater: “Bye Bye Birdie!,” 12/3- 12/5!

The Sheridan Arts Foundation Young People’s Theater kicks off its 23rd season with the middle school production of “Bye Bye Birdie.” The production is live at the historic Sheridan Opera House on Friday, December 3 through Sunday, December 5, 2021, 6 p.m. nightly. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for children 18 and under. Lap children are free. (Tickets are $1 more at the door to encourage people to buy in advance.) For tickets and more information visit or call 970-728-6363 ext. 5.

Directed by Leah Heidenreich, “Bye Bye Birdie” stars 25 middle school children in grades 6-8. Students began rehearsing in September of this year.

A loving send-up of the 1950s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, “Bye Bye Birdie” remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. The story follows teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie, who has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss.

Featuring a tuneful, high-energy score, plenty of great parts for young people and an hilarious script, “Birdie” continues to thrill audiences around the world.

In her fifth year at the helm of Young People’s Theater, Heidenreich states the following about the show:

“‘Bye Bye Birdie’ opened on Broadway, April 14, 1960 and played for 607 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre (later at the 54th Street and the Schubert Theaters). The production starred Chita Rivera as Rose and Dick Van Dyke as Albert. After 268 performances in London at Her Majesty’s Theatre, the show was revived on Broadway in 2009 at Henry Miller’s Theatre.”

Cast of Characters:

Prince Dauntless the Drab: Holden Coppage
Minstrel: Kassidy Atherton
Jester: Kiara Warren
Queen Aggravain: Pippa Gorraiz
King: Lilly Jones
Lady Larken: Eliza Brown
Wizard: Savannah Baize
Lucille: Rowan Stephens
Rowena: Charlotte Guest
Sir Harry: Griffin Craig
Princess Winifred The Woebegone: Ryann Singer
Beatrice: Vanessa Ramirez
Harold: Devon Haynes
Ladies-In-Waiting: Anna Ward, Ava Moorman, Eva Henschel, Lilly Sommers, Sonja Rikkers, Lila Mueffelman, Grace Aumiller
Knights: Gia Neyens, Hutson Chaffin, Hugh Hatcher, Henry Deppen, Alyssa Neumann, Sydney Martin, Annabelle Starr, Celia Chaffin, Livi Emrick

The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community, to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education. The Sheridan Arts Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the Telluride Foundation, CCAASE, Just for Kids and CCI.

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