David Servillo, an alumnus of the Columbia College Theatre Department’s acting program, plays the leading role of Albert Peterson, manager of rock singer Conrad Birdie, who arranges for Birdie to visit a small town and publicly give a “farewell kiss” to a female fan before being inducted into the army. Columbia College student Mia Hart, a sophomore in the Theatre Department’s BFA Program in Musical Theatre Performance, plays Kim MacAfee, the teenager chosen to receive Birdie’s symbolic kiss.
Other Columbia College students in the show include Musical Theatre Performance BFA sophomore Amanda Vinson, incoming Musical Theatre Performance BFA freshman Peter Merikoski, and Camille Smith, a sophomore in the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Musical Theatre.
The show is directed by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty member Ashton Byrum, a coordinator of the Theatre Department’s Musical Theatre Program. It’s produced by Columbia College Theatre alum Alison Dornheggen (BA ’01), a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting, who is the Theatre Artistic Director at the Wilmette Center for the Arts.
Dominic Zeier (BA ’16), a graduate of the Columbia College Chicago Audio Arts & Acoustics Department‘s Live and Installed Sound BA program, is the show’s sound designer. Ilana Atkins, a part-time accompanist and musical director at the Columbia College Theatre Department, is the musical director.