Clay Middle to present ‘Birdie’


By Mark Ambrogi

This will be Clay Middle School eighth grader Emma Heyl’s second appearance in “Bye Bye Birdie.”

From left, Daniel Schrader-Bobris, Sami Magee, Emma Heyl and Jacob Young perform lead roles in “Bye Bye Birdie.” (Photo by Mark Ambrogi)

From left, Daniel Schrader-Bobris, Sami Magee, Emma Heyl and Jacob Young perform lead roles in “Bye Bye Birdie.” (Photo by Mark Ambrogi)

She played in the chorus in Christian Youth Theater’s production as a sixth grader.

“So when I knew we were doing this show I knew I was going to be able to pick a character that I knew pretty well and play them how I wanted to,” Heyl said. “So I put Mrs. Peterson on my list first because I think she’s hilarious. She’s a show-stopper in the few scenes she’s in. She’s a great character overall.”

Clay Middle School will present “Bye Bye Birdie” at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 to 12.

“I’m Albert’s over-bearing mother who does not want him to  go out into the real world, and he’s always going to be my little 4-year-old who I never want to let free,” Heyl said.

Daniel Schrader-Bobris, an eighth grader, plays Albert Peterson, rock star Conrad Birdie’s songwriter/agent.

“In sixth grade for our musical, I considered doing ‘Put on a Happy Face’ as an audition,” Schrader-Bobris said. “But I ended up not doing it because my voice wasn’t deep enough. This year I’m excited because I get to sing in this musical.”

Sami Magee portrays Kim MacAfee, the girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio, who is chosen to kiss Birdie on “The Ed Sullivan Show” before Birdie enters the Army.

“We watched the movie a couple of times in choir class,” said Magee, an eighth grader. “I was really looking forward to this musical in general but I was hoping I’d get Kim because I think it’s an awesome role.”

Magee and Heyl said the cast has begun to enjoy the older style of the musical.

“Now that we’ve gotten used to it we’ve all fallen in love with the musical,” Heyl said. “I already loved it. I knew every word. It’s amazingly written.”

Eighth grader Jacob Young got his wish to be cast as Birdie.

“I watched the whole thing online and I liked Conrad Birdie and the songs that he sang,” Young said. “It’s so much fun.”

Tickets, priced $3 to $5, are available at


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