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“Bye Bye Birdie” is set for this spring

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The show has been selected, the cast is set and the spring show for the Kennedale Community Theatre in the Park (KCTP) is in rehearsal.? {{more: continue …}}
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The KCTP has selected ?Bye Birdie? for its next stage production. “Bye Bye Birdie” is a stage musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse.
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Musical inspired by the draft of a rock and roll legend …
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The show is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957.
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The rock star character’s name in the musical, “Conrad Birdie”, is a word play on the name of Conway Twitty. Twitty is best remembered today for his long career as a country music star, but in the late 1950s, he was one of Presley’s rock ‘n’ roll rivals. (Source Wikipedia)
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Large and diverse cast …
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This will another ambitious production by the local Kennedale theatre group with a cast almost 30 strong. Cast in this show are the following individuals.

  • Albert- Blake Stroncek
  • Rosie- Kayla Marshall
  • Mrs. Mae Peterson- Donna Watkins
  • Conrad Birdie- Billy Kleinschmidt
  • Kim MacAfee- Grace Smedema
  • Hugo Peabody- Gabe Norton
  • Mr. Harry MacAfee- Bryan Eason
  • Mrs. Doris MacAfee- Mindy Gordon
  • Randolph MacAfee- Ty Gordon
  • Ursula Merkle- Allie Forton
  • Mayor- Wade Lentz
  • Mayor’s Wife- Isabelle Williams
  • Mrs. Merkle- Shanti Bryan
  • Harvey Johnson- Kevin Hartung
  • Mr. Johnson- John Clark
  • Alice- Lucianne Williams
  • Deborah Sue- Maraiah Pulvera
  • Policeman, Conductor, Trainman- Brian Johnson
  • Teenagers of Sweet Apple- Brooklyn Brooks, Harmonee Verrett, Scout Harbster, Ruby Madero-Marquez, Briana Vinson, Cadence Nelson, Pfeiffer Galloway, Izzy Blevins, and Aaron Reed
  • Families of Sweet Apple- Miles Storms, Kristi Murrell
Local educators started the outdoor theatre group ?
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The community theatre was started in 2017 by a group of educators from KISD. Their first production was ?Music Man, Jr? followed by ?Closed for the Holidays.? Last spring the production was Seussical, Jr.
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Production numbers are designed to include opportunities to showcase local talent both old and young, experienced and not.
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The unique part of their productions is that the performances are outside, under the trees at Kennedale Town Center Park in the heart of Kennedale.
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Relies on the generousity of others …?
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The Kennedale Arts and Cultural Foundation has provided support but donations are also a significant source of support. This past October, the community theatre organized a talent competition billed as ?Kennedale?s Got Talent? as a fund raiser.
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Kennedale Community Theatre welcomes even the smallest donation. For those interested donations can be sent to Kennedale Community Theatre in the Park, P.O. Box 724, Kennedale, Texas 76060.?
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