Cast and crew have prepared since mid-November for Tony Award-winning play 'Bye Bye Birdie'

Scenes from rehearsal of Victoria West High School's first musical production of "Bye Bye Birdie," opening Friday.
  • IF YOU GO

  • WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Victoria West High School, 307 W. Tropical Drive., Victoria COST: $5, all general admission, no reserved seating FOR MORE INFO: Call 361-788-2830 ext. 39118

  • Meet the Cast and Crew:

  • Albert - Sharod Garcia

    Rosie - Kate Klimist

    Nancy - Andrea de Los Santos

    Hellen - Alesia Partida

    Alice - Brandi Baker

    Margie - Kirby Edwards

    Deborah Sue/Suzie - Annalicia Aguilar

    Karl ...

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  • Meet the Cast and Crew:

    Albert - Sharod Garcia

    Rosie - Kate Klimist

    Nancy - Andrea de Los Santos

    Hellen - Alesia Partida

    Alice - Brandi Baker

    Margie - Kirby Edwards

    Deborah Sue/Suzie - Annalicia Aguilar

    Karl - Niko Garcia

    Harvey Johnson - Kenneth Beal

    Penelope - Ali Martinez

    Ursula - Valeria Nambo

    Kim - Mallorie Gabbert

    Mrs. MacAfee, Kim's mother - Lillie Raybon

    Mr. MacAfee, Kim's father - Dominic Schaefer

    Little Girl, Dancer - Scarlett Elsik

    One Girl - Brittney Heibel

    Mrs. Peterson - Merryn Dioguardi

    Policeman/Male Chorus - Timmy Martinez

    First Reporter - Ben Morgan

    Second Reporter - Jonathan Abel

    Traveler - Shawn Martinez

    Hugo Peabody - Josh Bednorz

    Mrs. Merkle, Ursula's Mom - Nicole Garcia

    Mayor/Bartender - Aaron Meza

    Edna, Mayor's Wife - Chelsea Olson

    Conrad Birdie - Brandon Foster

    Mr. Johnson, Harvey's Dad - Ben Morgan

    Randolph, Kim's little brother - Kenneth Beal

    Gloria - Andrea de los Santos

    Male Chorus - Tyler Brown

    Female Chorus - Evonna English, Beverly Stracener, Sarai Olson, Kirby Edwards

    Stage Manager - Bethany Garza

    Assistant Stage Manager - Daniella Navarro

    Lights - Chris Henschen

    Lighting Design - George and Joyce Matthews

    Sound - Courtney Vanmeter

    Set Construction/Running Crew - Chris Henschen, Timothy Ripple, Michael De La Garza, Garret Farias, Joseph Sadler, Emilee Robinson, Caitlynn Castilla, Mason Caroll

    Costumes - Chelsea Olson,Ashlynn Trevino, Whitney Gates

Kate Klimist gets an adrenaline rush right before show time. She loves the theater.

"When the curtain comes up, there's nothing better," she said.

The 16-year-old Victoria West High School sophomore nabbed a leading role as Rosie in the school's production of "Bye Bye Birdie." Crossroads residents will have the opportunity to see the production Friday and Saturday evening in the school's auditorium.

Kate's over-the-top character is a sophisticated woman, who's in love with an immature man named Albert.

The Tony Award-winning play is a 1950s spoof dealing with rock and roll, love, and the music sensation Conrad Birdie. The fictional character bears a striking resemblance to Elvis Presley.

Budding thespians watched various renditions of the play, studied that musical era, and designed their own costumes. Some stretched their imaginations to get into character.

Brandon Foster wears a lightning gold jacket in some of the scenes to portray the heartthrob Birdie.

"I don't think I would be caught dead in this anytime," said the 16-year-old sophomore jokingly.

The 50-plus member cast and crew ensemble practiced eight to 10 hours during the week, plus long Saturday hours since mid-November.

"They've put everything they have into this," said Shannon Sadler, the school's theatre director.

Sadler also said the students love for the arts spurred them to take the risks.

Sharod Garcia is all business when in character.

"We're here to work and not play around," he said.

The 16-year-old junior realized acting was his passion as a sixth grader at Patti Welder Middle School.

"You can be your own person on or off stage," he said.

Sharod portrays Albert Peterson, a passive songwriter who's easily controlled by Rosie, his love interest.

Mallorie Gabbert drew inspiration from her own life. The 17-year-old senior plays Kim, the president of the Conrad Birdie fan club.

The star-crazed character has to mature and deal with her boyfriend's insecurities.

Mallorie said that she will have to grow up when she goes to college.

In the meantime, the aspiring music major will enjoy the company of her friends in theater.

"It's the only place where a football player and a choir nerd come together," Mallorie said. "We're like family."

Kate Klimist bounces from the volleyball court to center stage. Her experience with Theatre Victoria has helped her to lead fellow classmates.

The honor student said she admires everyone's courage to speak in front of peers and strangers.

"It takes a lot to do this," she said.

Kate said the community should support the school's effort because everyone involved has worked so hard. It will also be a pleasure.

"It's going to be fun to see," she said.