Tulpehocken actors wow crowd during spring musical

Item photo by Shea Singley Tulpehocken school wide spring musical "Bye Bye Birdie."
Item photo by Shea Singley Tulpehocken school wide spring musical "Bye Bye Birdie."

Students at the Tulpehocken Area School District showcased not only their acting talent, but their singing and dance talents as well during the all school spring musical March 14 and 15 with the annual senior dinner performance on March 12.

This year the students performed “Bye Bye Birdie” in front of a full auditorium with an audience that applauded loudly and passionately every time the lights dimmed between scenes. The actors hit the right notes and right steps as the instrumental ensemble played live music during the play.

“Thank you for joining us tonight for our production of ‘Bye Bye Birdie.’ I hope you enjoy the show,” said Amber Blatt, Director in the Director’s Message in the program. “Staging a musical takes an enormous amount of work from many people. From the choreography and directing to the lighting design; from the set building to the costume construction; from the countless rehearsals, both by the cast, crew and pit, everyone must work as a well oiled machine to achieve the results that you’ll experience tonight.”

In the acknowledgements section, a special thank you was offered to the groups that helped make this possible which included the school board, the parents for helping in any and every way including keeping the “troops well-fed and watered,” the custodians, The Pines Dinner Theatre for loaning the costumes, light and set pieces, Boyer’s Food Market for providing bottled water, Hair on the Avenue for loaning wigs and everyone else who contributed in some way to making the musical possible.


“I’d like to thank everyone who has put so much hard work into this production, but most of all I’d like to thank the students for fearlessly bringing to life this wonderful piece of musical theater. Without their hard work, this show would have remained just words on a page. Again, thank you for joining us, and enjoy the show,” said Blatt.

At the end of the performance, a receiving line to greet the cast formed in the hallway. The performers made the whole musical seem nearly effortless while reciting lines, acting the part, singing right on time with the live band and hitting all of the right steps in the dance numbers, some of which included props.

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Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at ssingley@berksmontnews.com or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.