Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department Student and Alumni Talent Featured in ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ at Wallace Bowl Starlight Theatre July 14-23


Mia Hart in “Bye Bye Birdie”

Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department students and alumni are featured in the classic musical Bye Bye Birdie, running July 14-23 at the Wallace Bowl Starlight Theatre in Gillson Park, located in the northern Chicago suburb of Wilmette.
David Servillo in "Bye Bye Birdie"

David Servillo in “Bye Bye Birdie”

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.


Amanda Vinson, Peter Merikoski and Camille Smith in “Bye Bye Birdie”

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.

Ashton Byrum

Ashton Byrum

Alison Dornheggen

Alison Dornheggen

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.

Gillson Park is located at Lake Avenue at Lake Michigan in Wilmette. The Wallace Bowl Starlight Theatre is an outdoor amphitheatre that features lakeside performances at sunset. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis; BYO blanket or lawn chair for lawn seating. All performances are free. For more information, call 847-256-9686 or click here.

Bye Bye Birdie