9-August-2018 | Drouin
The Drouin Campus production of Bye Bye Birdie was thoroughly enjoyed by appreciative packed audiences at all four shows.
Directed by Tracey Gaylard, Chairo’s successful performance of this fun and colourful musical in the style of a ‘pop up’ theatre was the result of many months of creativity, dedication and hard work by students, staff members and volunteers.
Set in 1957, Bye Bye Birdie is a classic story of celebrity imposing itself on the innocence of country life. Birdie is Conrad Birdie, a character loosely based on two rock’n’roll stars of the ‘50s: Elvis Presley and Conway Twitty.
The producer, Michael Gaylard, said: ‘Congratulations to all of the students, both cast and crew, and all those who contributed their God-given talents to bring this show to life!’.
From the costumes, make up and props to the acting, singing and dancing, Bye Bye Birdie continued Chairo’s fine record of delivering wonderful, professional theatre productions and creating lasting memories for all those who were involved.
Rachel St Mart, who was a brilliantly funny old Mrs Peterson, said: ‘Bye Bye Birdie was probably the most fun show that I’ve ever done, as was the character that I played. I enjoyed working with such amazing people that I can now call my friends. It was definitely an experience that I will never forget!’
Esther Bowey, a member of the main cast in the role of Ursula Merkle, said: ‘Bye Bye Birdie provided me with a great opportunity to make new friends, as well as gain experience. It was such a friendly and warm environment, which makes parting with each show very hard!’
Thank you to our generous sponsors, whose support made Bye Bye Birdie possible: Exinus Events, Stockwood Building Group, Vin Rowe Farm Machinery, RMI Print, Select Office Supplies, Warragul Bus Lines and Australian Pacific Training Solutions.