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Hampton Bays High School Stages “Bye Bye Birdie”

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Student actors were channeling their inner rock stars and groupies on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, for the Hampton Bays High School production of “Bye Bye Birdie.”

According to director Lori Ackerson, the Hampton Bays production of the classic Broadway musical “showcases a variety of incredibly talented students, including more freshmen than ever before … [who] have worked very hard and tirelessly.”

The show starred John Capuano in the title role and Mackenzie Engeldrum as his convenient love interest, Kim MacAfee. Other principal and speaking roles were filled by Thomas Capuano, Doree Primavera, Sandra Cuccia, Susan Nygard, Samantha Downs, Fred Nydegger, Gioia Sacca, Keith Davis, Klaudia Maslowska, Charlotte Forman, Alyssa Ortiz, Tetyana Senchishin, Noah Montague, Alexandra Peterson, Dennis Sullivan and Isaac Tran.

Additional roles were played by Arthur Nygard, Christian Ruiz, Olivia Terry, Daniella Greene, Franklin Krzyzewski, Taylor Dunn and Charlie Schneider.

Students in the teen chorus included: Mikela Ryan, Franklin Krzyzewski, Christian Ruiz, Isaac Tran, Alexandra Peterson, Gloria Mejias, Dennis Sullivan, Brenda Soto, Olivia Terry, Daniella Green (spelled Greene above), Sandra Cuccia, Noah Montague, Alyssa Ortiz, Kiara Brown, Tetyana Senchishin, Klaudia Maslowska, Fred Nydegger, Arthur Nygard, Jackie Mogollon and Mia Fasanella.

The cast and crew of "Bye Bye Birdie" had the benefit of working with a dedicated and talented Performing Arts staff, including Deb Liso (Musical Director), Amy Stangasser (Choreographer), Kim Clemensen (Assistant to the Director), Babette Paul (Stage Manager), Jennifer Halsey (Pit Band Director), Christine Pandolfo (Publicity/Production), Rich Pandolfo (Lighting and Sound), Regina Papile (Set Design), and Edy Tunney (Costumes and Make-up).