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2015-03-03 / Arts & Entertainment

D.A. Presents 'Bye Bye Birdie'

Robert A. Cairns
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Actors Shane Bray, Declan Kottmeier and Bethany Davis rehearse a scene from 'Bye Bye Birdie.' They will present the musical on March 13, 14 and 15.Actors Shane Bray, Declan Kottmeier and Bethany Davis rehearse a scene from 'Bye Bye Birdie.' They will present the musical on March 13, 14 and 15.DELHI — The Delaware Academy Music Department will present the musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ based loosely on the phenomenon of Elvis Presley, on March 13, 14 and 15 in the auditorium at the high school.

Each show will be preceded by a dinner in the cafeteria to benefit the speech and debate club and the yearbook club. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. in advance of the 7:30 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday, and from 12:30 to 3 p.m. before the 3 p.m. show on Sunday.

Senior citizens are invited to attend the dress rehearsal on Thursday, March 12, with a dinner served during intermission.

The show stars Shane Bray and Bethany Davis as producers Albert Peterson and Rosie Alvarez, with Declan Kottmeier playing the title character, Conrad Birdie. It is set in the late 1950s and will be presented with a full orchestra.

“It’s kind of a love story between the producers,” said Davis, who is appearing in her fifth production at the school. “It’s so funny.” She said the show will have wide appeal. “It’s definitely family oriented,” she said. “The humor is good for all ages.”

Bray said he became interested in performing after watching his older sister perform in musical productions. “After a while, it made me want to do that,” he said. “It imprints on your brain.”

He said the majority of the characters in the show are teenagers, just as the actors are. “It makes it seem very realistic.”

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