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March 13, 2014

Hood students present 'Bye Bye Birdie'

Parents, residents support 'Bye Bye Birdie' cast


There are about 45 to 50 students participating in “Bye Bye Birdie” and they are all having a lot of fun wearing the poodle skirts and learning some twisting dance moves as Conrad Birdie makes his appearance in town.

The Birdie character is partially based on an Elvis-style performer, Spellman said, but she also wanted to outfit seventh-grader Hunter Rathburn with a touch of actor James Dean as well.

Pinkerton Academy graduate John Rodgers is also at the helm, supporting students and helping them learn all about performing. He is a veteran Kids Coop Theatre member and has performed in productions of “Bye Bye Birdie” in the past.

Keynotes member Stephanie Laskiewicz said the group is major force behind Hood shows and she is happy to be part of the production. Her daughter Zoey plays the part of Mrs. MacAfee in the show.

“It’s crucial,” she said. “These things never would happen without the Keynotes. We’re all kind of connected.”

Tickets for “Bye Bye Birdie” are $8 and available by calling 432-1224 or visiting Keynotes at

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