March 2-25, 2018

BYE BYE BIRDIE

Book by Michael Stewart
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams

In this Tony-Award-winning favorite, superstar Conrad Birdie arrives in Sweet Apple, Ohio to give a lucky girl "one last kiss" before his induction into the Army. Set in a bygone world of soda fountains, screaming fans and Ed Sullivan, the nostalgic Bye Bye Birdie overflows with comedy, romance, and songs like "Put on a Happy Face," "A Lot of Livin' To Do" and "The Telephone Hour."

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES

Christina Masson Ronquillo (Rosie) is marking her 8th performance & 28th production at SSR. She's been performing, stage managing, and choreographing in the Seattle area at SSR, SMT, LST, YTN, G&S, IMS, & SHS. Favorite roles: Ginger (Zombie Prom), Sarah (Guys & Dolls), Millie (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Anna (Spring Awakening). Many thanks to the Squolf for letting her tackle this incredible role. Love as always to Dan & Cody.

Tadd Morgan (Albert) is tickled to return to SSR's stage in this gloriously goofy show! He was previously seen as a magic mirror in The Snow Queen, Emmett in Legally Blonde, and also a dog. You can hear Tadd's voice in the currently running Steampunk adventure serial podcast, Brass! This one is all for MP.

Tristan Hagen (Randolph) is in the 3rd grade and is excited to be performing in his second SSR production! Tristan’s acting credits include: A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim, SSR); Stories Under the Big Top, a school play; and Home Alone, produced by his dance studio. He studies Tap and Hip Hop, and is a member of the Bellevue Boys’ Choir. Tristan would like to thank everyone at SSR for this opportunity to again be a part of their wonderful productions!

Sophia Parker (Teen Ensemble) is so excited to be in her first show with SSR! Her previous shows are The Twist of the Magi as a Twister Sister (The Phoenix Theatre), The Theory of Relativity as Ryan (Ballyhoo Theatre), and in Xanadu as Euterpe (Ballyhoo Theatre). In her free time she enjoys playing the piano, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Mia Perritt (Teen Ensemble) a 10th grader at Edmonds Heights K-12, is beyond thrilled to be performing in her first SSR show, Bye Bye Birdie. Some of her favorite shows include: Twist of the Magi (Twisted Sister/ Yoni) with The Phoenix Theatre, The Theory of Relativity (Caroline), Xanadu (Siren/ Andrew Sister) with Ballyhoo Theatre and The Little Mermaid (Adella) with Kitsap Forest Theatre. She would like to thank her friends, family and coaches for all their guidance and support. Enjoy the show!

Kayden Oliver (Hugo) is beyond excited to be making his debut with SSR. Recent credits include: Disney’s Newsies (Village Theatre); The Addams Family (Broadway Rose Theatre Company); and many more. Kayden would like to thank his family and peers for their endless amount of love and support.

Marc Montague (Mayor/Ensemble) is excited to be involved in this outstanding SSR production of Bye Bye Birdie. Marc recently completed a 25+ year career as a Special Agent in Federal Law Enforcement. After 26 years away from the lighted stage, Marc performed in 2015 in the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Seattle production of Pirates of Penzance. In 2016 he performed in Beauty & The Beast at the Snoqualmie Falls Forrest Theatre and in 2017 he returned to the G&S stage in HMS Pinafore. Marc would like to thank his wife Kimberly, his daughters Ashley and Anna and other friends and family for supporting his theatrical adventures.

Darian Conn (Teen Ensemble) is excited to be working with SSR for her first time. She has been on this theatrical journey since she was 6 years old and is thrilled to commemorate Bye Bye Birdie as her 50th production to perform in. Some of her recent roles include: Twisted Sister in Twist of the Magi (Phoenix Theatre), Mira in Theory of Relativity, Melpomene in Xanadu, Thea in Spring Awakening, and Hannah in Spitfire Grill (Ballyhoo Theatre). Many thanks to her family, friends, Shileah Corey, and this talented cast and creative team.

Rebecca Cort (Ursula) SSR Mainstage debut! Rebecca graduated from WWU in the spring with a degree in acting and public relations/videography emphases and now lives in Seattle. She was most recently seen in Goodnight Moon also at SSR as Mouse and The Shape of Things at WWU as Evelyn. She thanks the magical team for accommodating her work schedule as well as Dyl, Sarah, G & Sof, and her family (Mom, Dad, E) for the continued raging, panting, jungle-beast love!

Sara Schweid (Ensemble) Sara is thrilled to make her SSR debut! Some of her favorite roles include Gretchen in Boeing Boeing, Poppy in Noises Off, Shelley in Hairspray, Kaliope in She Kills Monsters, Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar, and two summers as Lt. Sulu in Outdoor Trek. She’s performed at Seattle Musical Theatre, Theater Schmeater, and Seattle Fringe Festival, among others.

Milo Jack Palmer (Harvey Johnson) Milo has been acting in plays since he was 6 years old. Most recently he performed in his Middle School’s class production of Bye Bye Birdie as Conrad. He has also been in many productions in the Seattle Children’s Theatre Summer Season. Milo loves music and plays the Bass at School of Rock.

Patricia Haines-Ainsworth (Mae Peterson) Pat hasn’t decided yet what she wants to be when she grows up. Currently she is an actor, playwright, and graphic artist. Most recently, she directed “A Christmas Carol” at SecondStory Rep. Previously she appeared in “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Urinetown” as well as several programs for young audiences.

Emily Ann Johnson (Kim) is thrilled to be back at SSR! Past SSR shows: Rocky Horror… (Columbia), Fancy Nancy (Nancy). Other credits include performances at The 5th Avenue, Village Theatre, StoryBook Theater, and many others. For what’s next, please visit www.emilyannjohnson.com. Instagram/Twitter: @emjadventures

Rachel Brinn (Mrs. MacAfee) is thrilled to be back at SSR with a wonderful cast in this sweetheart of a show. Some of her favorite past roles include (but are not limited to) Miss Hannigan in Annie with Seattle Musical Theatre, Scuttle in The Little Mermaid with Bainbridge Performing Arts, Woman 2 in Songs for a New World with SecondStory Rep, Tessa in The Gondoliers, Iolanthe in Iolanthe with the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and Marion in The Music Man with the Heavier Than Air Family Theatre.

Doug Fahl (Mr. MacAfee) returns for his 5th production at SSR. Previous SSR productions include Little Shop of Horrors, Chess, A Little Night Music and Bunnicula. He recently appeared in productions of August: Osage County (Harlequin Productions), Billy Elliot (Village Theatre), 9 to 5 (Seattle Musical Theatre) and Into the Woods (STAGEright). He garnered a Gregory Award nomination for his roles in The Pride (Theatre 22). Additionally, Doug has featured roles in Z Nation (Syfy) and the indie film Zombies of Mass Destruction.

Jen Chenovick (Light Design) Jen's theatrical career began in 2002 when she was asked to assistant stage manage The Importance of Being Ernest right here at SSR. Following her passion for theater Jen moved to Hollywood in 2005 where she stage managed for The Blank Theatre including the oddly satisfying Lobster Alice starring Noah Wylie and Nicholas Brendon. While in California, she also worked with Syzygy Theatre Group and the World Premiere of Tender, Abi Morgan’s trenchant drama of the human hunger for connection. Jen moved back to Redmond in 2007 and jumped right back into her work with SSR. During her eighteen plus years at SSR Jen has worn many hats, from stage manager to production manager to managing director and now light design. Special thanks to my parents, they’re pretty cool.

Mark Chenovick (Set Design/Technical Director) has been designing, building, and painting sets since the mid-eighties. Having the fortune to begin his theatrical career under the tutelage of Don McLaughlin in his hometown of Helena Montana, Mark continued his training at the University of Washington where he was accepted into the Graduate Design Seminar his sophomore year. With subsequent degrees in Art History and Drama, Mark went on to serve as technical director/designer for multiple organizations including: Virginia Musical Theatre, Fort Peck Summer Theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Little Theater of the Rockies, and the Norfolk Governor’s School for the Arts. As Technical Director/Production Manager of the national tour of Anything Goes (starring Gloria Loring) Mark travelled around the United States and Canada realizing that there is no place quite as wonderful as the Pacific Northwest. Shortly after the turn of the millennium, and following a brief stint as a carpenter at The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., he moved back to Seattle. Locally he has worked behind the scenes for the Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Redwood Theatre, and, of course, SecondStory Repertory.

Mark Chenovick (Sound Design) I began my sound design journey splicing reel-to-reel tape together in the basement of the original Penthouse Theater on the University of Washington campus but it was my brief time in the MFA program at Utah State University, where I learned the joys of digital sound design, and subsequently, became hooked on sound design for life. Having provided composed and curated underscoring and soundscaping, original and sourced sound effects, and performance amplification services for multiple theaters across the US, I have felt the most at home at SSR. Special thanks to Squolfie, ‘lil Squolf, and my extended family. You are the music of my life. #bandistoohot #sorrynotsorry

Mark Chenovick (Projection Design) has designed projections for over 100 shows in the last ten years. Prior to that he worked with CJS design, a website design and hosting company, developing custom websites for clients ranging from Draper Valley Farms to Seattle Film Group. He also co-created and ran the now defunct SeattleActor.com, a website focused on Seattle area theater, featuring audition listings, helpful articles, and show reviews. In addition to projections, Mark also designs all of the marketing materials you see at SSR including; posters, show graphics, and website. All my love to Jen. Enjoy the show!

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