Musical Theatre

Bye Bye Birdie & The Rockin' Tale of Snow White

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp continues its twenty-third season with two theatrical productions this week. Bye Bye Birdie and the musical The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White will be performed at Lewis Auditorium on the campus of Flagler College.

The middle school/high school crossover camp cast will present the musical Bye Bye Birdie.

This popular stage musical has a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse.

Originally titled Let’s Go Steady, Bye Bye Birdie 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. The rock star character’s name, “Conrad Birdie”, is 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.

The original 1960-1961 Broadway production was a Tony Award–winning success. It spawned a London production and several major revivals, a sequel, a 1963 film, and a 1995 television production. The show also became a popular choice for high school and college productions.

Performances of Bye Bye Birdie will take place at 7:30 p.m. July 28-29 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. Tickets are $15, available at the door one hour prior to each performance.

Bye Bye Birdie CASTJenny Albanesi, Emma Bailey, Riley Bass, Chad Boyd, Olivia Bradshaw, Cassie Clark, Maggie Cox, Peyton Crevasse, Zachary Davis, A J DePetris, Sona Earnest, Graciela Fernandez, Drew Fitzgerald, Jack Folwell, Trinity Greene, Zachary Greenwald, Kaitlin Hamlett, Mia Hammond, Rebekah Herskovitz, Olivia Kemp, Evie Kirschling, Jacob Little, Nathan Little, Wyatt Matlock, Jack Moser, Kelsey Oh-Criner, Giana Rivera, Ella Romaine, Lily Sara, Alexis Tesori, Brooklyn Skylar Thomas, Kyler Unsworth, Soliel von Hausch, Tyler Wankowski, Chloe Williams, Fin Zeichner and Zoe Zeichner.


The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White

The kids division, for ages 5 to 11, will present the musical The Rockin’ Tale of Snow Whitewith two performances at 2 p.m. July 29-30 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. Tickets are $10 at the door, available one hour prior to each performance.

The tale of Snow White has never felt so fresh with this funny adaptation that will make even the most jaded among us laugh out loud!  New characters and comedic twists come to life as a modern mom reads the Brothers Grimm tale to her restless children.  In addition to the well-known cast of the kind princess, evil queen, multiple dwarves and the morally conflicted Huntsman, this musical introduces us to some fresh new faces such as rhyme-happy ladies-in-waiting and a stick-in-the-mud governmental representative out to ruin everyone’s good time!

Musical styles of all genres fuse to create a rousing mixture of hip-hop, rock and roll, doo wop, and its tongue-in-cheek humor.

Mike Beaman serves as Artistic Director for the summer program and choreographer for Bye Bye Birdie and director and choreographer for The Rockin’ Tale of Show White.  Joe Kemper is the director for Bye Bye Birdie. Carl Liberatore serves as technical director.  Curtis Powell works as administrator and music director for the program.

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp, now in its 23rdseason, has excelled in its goal of giving students a taste of musical theater by instructing in all aspects of a musical theater production:  acting, music and dance.  The camp culminates in the creation and performance of complete staged musical theater and theatrical productions before a live audience.

Snow White CASTLilly Crevasse, Will Crevasse, Molly Farrow, Sascha Fox, Maci Gardner, Sarah Hampton, Atticus Jones, Riley Kirschling, Theron Moore, Palyn Prosser, Owen Wallace and Zoe Zeichner.

All performances take place at the beautiful Lewis Auditorium on the campus of Flagler College.  Tickets for Bye Bye Birdie are $15.  Tickets for The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White are $10. The box office opens one hour before each show.  The theater opens one half-hour before each show.  Seating is general admission. There is no reserved or call-ahead seating.  For additional information call (904) 501-7396.

The Summer Musical TheaterCamp is widely as the leading training ground for young actors.  Since its inception in 1995, with 30 kids ages 5 to 14, the educational program has produced 34 musical theater shows with over 1400 kids and teens in participation.  For the past fourteen years the SMTC for teens has produced full-scale Broadway musicals on its stage.  Additionally, for an eighth year, the middle school/high school group will present its own full-scale musical in an effort to give these younger actors the skills and opportunities to be on stage in leading rolls.  The actors have come not only from St. Augustine and throughout the state, but from across the USA including New Jersey, California, Ohio, Wisconsin; and even England and Malaysia.  Many kids and teens have spent up to thirteen years in the program with several now working as professional actors throughout the county.  This summer over 150 kids ranging from age 5 to 18 will take part in the 2017 summer season.