NORTH CREEK - The Johnsburg Central School Music Department received a mixed blessing last weekend when the popularity of their presentation of the Broadway musical "Bye Bye Birdie" forced them to turn some spectators away. Rave reviews came from those exiting the gymnasium on both evenings of the performance.
The show starred Caleb Eick as Albert Peterson, Casandra Prouty as Rose Alverez, Margaret Welz as Mae Peterson, Chelsea Bromley as Kim MacAfee, Ben Richards as Harry MacAfee, Mikayla Glode as Doris MacAfee, Jonathan Ordway as Randolph MacAfee and Dustin Weller as Hugo Peabody. A total of 43 JCS high school students were onstage and many more participated in the production crew.
The show was directed by Mary Leach, along with student director, senior Cory Gazaille.
"It is such a nice ensemble piece," said Leach. "It really required a whole cast of talented kids to pull it together and they did it."
Leach acknowledged that these plays really do take a whole village to be successful. Faculty, staff, parents and volunteers all helped to make the evenings come to fruition, she said.
Auditions were held in December and rehearsals began in January for the two performances.
"Everything went smoothly in the months leading up to the productions and the students performed very well," said Leach. "They all worked so hard."
This was "Bye Bye Birdie's" return debut at JCS. The play was also performed there in 1980. Many of the students who performed in this year's production have parents who were in the original musical.
"It was nice to be able to look back on the past production and have the students discuss their parts with their own parents," said Leach. "I hope this stirred up some good old memories and also made some new ones."