Torrington Public Schools Theatre and Torrington Middle School Drama Club will present the classic musical Bye, Bye Birdie-Young Performers Edition on March 21, 22, and 23 at the Torrington Middle School auditorium at 7 p.m. Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of Conrad Birdie, a 1960’s rock n roll superstar (played by 7th grader Cebastian Sontolongo), who has just been drafted into the U.S. Army. His producer, Albert J. Peterson(played by 8th grader James Butler), with help from his secretary, Rose Alvarez (played by 7th grader Abby Foulds), plan to write the soon-to-be hit song “One Last Kiss” and have Conrad kiss one of his loyal fans good-bye on national television before he leave for basic training. The success of “One Last Kiss” will carry Albert and his company through the economic disaster of having their biggest star drafted and allow Albert to return to school to become an English Teacher and marry Rose. The fan chosen is Kim MacAffee (played by 7th grader Sofia D’addona) of Sweet Apple, OH. Kim and her boyfriend, Hugo Peabody (played by 7th grader Patrick Minnerly) just got “pinned”. Hugo is not happy about Conrad kissing his steady. Albert’s mother, Mrs. Peterson (played by7th grader Caroline Sienkiewicz) is not happy about her son’s plan to dissolve their music producing company or his relationship with Rosie.The fans are not happy because Conrad is going into the army. As we all prepare to see Conrad Birdie sing “One Last Kiss” and kiss his #1 fan goodbye on “The Ed Sullivan Show”, machinations are in place to interrupt the kiss and interfere in Albert’s future plans with Rose. Conrad’s rendition of “One Last Kiss” is a hit - literally. Rose leaves Albert “What Did I Ever See In Him?”. The kids run away because they have “A Lotta Livin’ To Do”, and the adults express their frustration in the song “Kids” (lead by 8th grade Launa Cook playing Mrs. MacAffee and 7th grade Matt Hatayk playing Mr. MacAffee). How will all this end? Come and see this family-friendly show that is appropriate for all audiences. Running time is approximately 2 hours-including intermission. The show is directed by Veronica Gelormino with Musical Direction by Andrew Skinner, both teachers at Torrington Middle School. TMS teachers Paul DiPasquale, Tara Minnerly, James Springer and Danielle Valunas assisted with directing, properties, set, and costumes. Aubrie Dell’Agnese (THS 2019) choreographed the production with assistance from 8th grader Annabel Fuller. Eighth grader Maria Fragione took charge of the sound for this production. TMS Drama Club alumni from both THS and OWTHS stepped up to make this production special. Tickets are $5 for students/children and $10 for adults and can be purchased at the door.


  • Occurred Thursday, March 21st, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Veronica Gelormino

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