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July 10, 2013

USP stays true to details in Bye Bye Birdie

Pati Van Zante, Union Street Players’ award winning Costume Mistress is at it again. This time she’s costuming the Union Street Players’ summer production of Bye Bye Birdie. Costumes will be authentic to the time period and Pati has pulled many costumes from the USP Costume Shop. Some of the costumes have been designed and created specifically for the show, by Director Denise Gregory and her sister Pam Van Kleek assisted by Sarah Maxwell.

Travel down memory lane with us and delight in the costumes and props (courtesy of Suzy Jones). It will be fun to reminisce about days gone by when dress was much simpler and sweeter. (Remember pedal pushers and saddle shoes?) and a time when getting pinned was exciting and special and made you the talk of the town …in a good way.

Join us for some good old-fashioned family fun and “Put on a Happy Face!” with the help of Dr. Ann Petrie, Music Director, and Christine Meyers, accompianist.

It’s all in the details...with lights and sound provided by veterens Arvin Van Zante and Bill White. And courtesy of our gifted choreographer, Chris Yarkosky, this show is lively and animated enough to keep even our smallest audience member entertained. And speaking of details…Mat Kelly, Jim Palmer, Pat Moriarity, Mark Moreland and Arvin Van Zante have created an amazing set that takes us back to the heart of a 1950’s home, the malt shoppe where everyone gathered, and even bustling train stations where excitement abounds when Rockstar Conrad Birdie is called to go into the army.

Join this talented cast as Albert, Conrad Birdie’s songwriter, concocts a contest and writes a song to make himself millions off Birdie one more time before he’s off on his tour of duty. Kim McAfee is the contest winner of Albert’s scheme and is selected, from dozens of girls, to receive a last good bye kiss from Conrad Birdie.

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