Bye Bye Birdie

Date 10th May 2014
Society Aberdeen Youth Music Theatre
Venue Arts Centre Theatre, Aberdeen
Type of Production Musical
Director Michelle Bruce
Musical Director Jenny Cranna
Choreographer Fiona Beedie

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Author: Douglas J Clark

Sixty members of this talented group took to the stage and boy oh-boy did they make the joint rock and roll! This delightful and funny show about long suffering lovers and teenage angst was fast paced with colourful sets and costumes. The cast were led by the excellent Murray Hossick and Beth Kelly as the none – too –successful songwriter Albert Petersen and his long suffering secretary/fiancé Rosie DeLeon. I particularly liked Murray’s “Put On A Happy Face” and Beth’s “Spanish Rose”. Stephanie Walker as Kim Macafee, the girl chosen to receive a kiss from Daniel McIntosh’s smooth rock and roll star Conrad Birdie, was perfect as the teenager on the brink of womanhood and her delightful voice was showcased beautifully in her solo “How Lovely To Be A Woman”. Annabel Lunney gave a magnificently over-the-top performance as Albert’s overbearing mother Mrs Petersen. Another fine comedic performance was given by Henry Ronaldson as Kim’s boyfriend Hugo Peabody. Strong support was given by Joseph Aimard and Georgia Dewsbury as Mr & Mrs Macafee (Kim’s parents) and Angus Ogg as Randolph Macafee (Kim’s brother) – their rendition of “Kids” certainly struck a chord with the audience. The chorus sang and moved well and their enthusiasm and enjoyment were obvious. Congratulations to cast, crew and production team for a truly enjoyable show.