Cranston West Theater, with a cast and crew of over a hundred ninth through twelfth grade students, will be performing their own local production of the Tony Winning Show, “Bye, Bye …
Cranston West Theater, with a cast and crew of over a hundred ninth through twelfth grade students, will be performing their own local production of the Tony Winning Show, “Bye, Bye Birdie.” This musical, with book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams, and originally produced by Edward Padula, has been adapted into film, TV-movie, and a Broadway revival.
In the fictional world of Birdie, inspired by Elvis Presley, every teen’s dream is rock ‘n’ roll sensation, Conrad Birdie, who’s about to go into the Army. His agent sees this as an opportunity for major publicity and arranges for the star to get a goodbye kiss from one lucky girl on The Ed Sullivan Show. Soon, Birdie’s arrival in the small-town home of the winning girl makes unexpected waves in the lives of its residents. Set in the 1950s, the musical score features such tunes as “How Lovely To Be A Woman,” “Telephone Hour,” “Put On A Happy Face,” “A Lot of Livin’ To Do” and “One Last Kiss.”
All general admission tickets are $12. For ticket information, visit http://chsw-theater.weebly.com under the ticket sales tab or visit https://chsw.booktix.com to directly purchase tickets.
The school encourages everyone to purchase their tickets in advance online. Remaining tickets will be available for purchase in the auditorium lobby on Dec. 6 and 7 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and at the door one hour before each performance. Only cash or checks payable to CHSW Theater are accepted at the school. If there are any questions, call 401-270-8149.
The artistic team features Cranston teachers and residents, both past and present. Led by CHSW Theater Teacher and Director since 1995, Nancy Vitulli, the musical directors include Mr. DiMaio and Mr. Audette, Music Educators at Hope Highlands and Western Hills Middle Schools, respectively; Our choreographer is Ms. Sciolto, a Cranston native who recently student taught at CHSW while completing her Master’s Degree in Theater Education from Emerson College. Mr. Tyler M. Perry, a CHSW graduate and Ithaca College graduate in Theater Design, serves as our set and lighting designer. Mr. Scappaticci, Science Curriculum Coordinator, is our Technical Theater Supervisor. Ms. Swinski, a CHSE graduate and Marymount Manhattan graduate in Costume Design will serve as costume supervisor. Other Cranston HS West teachers that play an integral role in the success of our theater program include Mr. Durigan, Tech Ed, Mr. Ingerowski, CACTC Construction, Ms. Hogan, CACTC Graphics Communications, Mr. Abruzzini, CACTC Entrepreneurship Program, and Ms. Bianco, English teacher. Mrs. Pisaturo and Mrs. Lemay, lead our parent volunteer group S.T.A.G.E. (Support Theater Advancement and Growth in Education).