Archbishop Carroll Theater Society (ACTS)
Moderator: Mr. Serpentine
Bye-Bye Birdie – Our Spring 2018 Production
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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.[2}
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The Archbishop Carroll Theater Society (ACTS) is the largest activity involving students as members of the company’s cast, crew, and pit. Students will hone their craft under the direction of our experienced production staff. A.C.T.S. produces two performances throughout the school year (Fall and Spring). Students audition for each production and are evaluated on their acting, vocal, and dance skills. Musicians are encouraged to join the pit, while stage crew is always seeking those interested in sound, lighting, set design, construction, and prop management.