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    February 17, 2017 • Seaside Signal • • 9A
‘Bye Bye Birdie’ takes the stage in Seaside
By Katherine Lacaze
For Seaside Signal
It’s the late 1950s. Rock ’n’
roll idol Conrad Birdie, who
has been drafted into the U.S.
Army à la Elvis Presley, is pre-
paring to leave for the military
by working alongside his man-
agers to stage a public farewell
kiss with a randomly selected
all-American teenage girl.
What follows, according to
cast members of Seaside High
School’s production of “Bye
Bye Birdie,” is a humorously
dramatic, fun frolic featuring
high-energy music, extensive
choreography and a plot line
of “everything going all wrong
at the same time and kind of
resolving,” senior Zeynep
Payzanoğlu said.
The play, written by Mi-
chael Stewart with music by
Charles Strouse and lyrics by
Lee Adams, begins in New
York City. Rosie Alvarez and
Albert Peterson, Birdie’s man-
agers concoct their scheme
involving the rock singer and
choose 15-year-old Kim McA-
fee as the lucky girl to receive
his goodbye kiss. The troupe,
accompanied by Albert’s pos-
sessive mother, then head to
Kim’s hometown of Sweet
Apple, Ohio, and turn it upside
The cast for Seaside High School’s production of “Bye Bye
Birdie” is preparing for the show to open Feb. 24. Perfor-
mances also will be held Feb. 25 and March 2,3 and 4.
Senior Zeynep Payzanoğlu (from left), sophomore Jack Stapleton and sophomore Chance
Giguiere practice choreography for a song from “Bye Bye Birdie” during a rehearsal Feb. 8.
down with raucous publicity,
music and drama.
“You see a lot of emotions
all together — from Rosie,
from Kim, from Conrad, from
Albert,” said Payzanoğlu, an
exchange student from Tur-
key who plays Rosie. “Every-
body’s sort of happy, sad, an-
gry, and they’re all happening
at the same time. I think it is
what makes this play really fun
to act.”
The cast of 17 has been re-
hearsing for a couple months
under the directorship of En-
glish teacher LeeAnn Schmel-
zenbach, whose first experi-
ence directing was the high
school’s 2016 musical “Uri-
netown.” The production also
includes a technical crew of
seven people and a four-per-
son band, featuring musicians
Bill Siewart, Julie Smith, Max
Strozzi and Drew Weil.
According to cast mem-
bers, the show promises audi-
ences a good time with lots of
spunk, comedy, intrigue and
especially memorable music.
They agreed “Honestly Sin-
cere” is one of the best songs
in the production.
Sophomore Majestik De
Luz, who plays one of the El-
vis-style heartthrob’s many
fangirls, added, “Our dedica-
tion to Conrad Birdie is pret-
Fathers, daughters bond on the dance floor
Dance from Page 1A
While the couples primar-
ily were comprised of fathers
attending with their daughters
— some of them more than
one — “we’ll have different
kinds of couples” among the
group, said Grace Smith, Fit-
ness and Special Events Man-
“Sometimes the grandpar-
ents will do it, which is awe-
some,” she said. “It can be
anyone. It can even be an un-
cle or a brother — just some-
one special to the little girl.”
The dance provides a once-
a-year opportunity for girls —
from infants to young teenag-
ers — to dress up and attend
a community event tailored
specifically for them, with
child-friendly dance music, a
splattering of pink and white
heart-shaped balloons and in-
dividual candy bags donated
by Bruce’s Candy Kitchen for
party favors.
Kiernin Dalby, 12, attend-
ed the event for the second
time with her father, Mat-
thew. Even though dancing
isn’t a common activity for
the pair to engage in together,
she said, the Daddy Daughter
Dance presents the opportuni-
ty for just that: something spe-
cial and a little different. Her
favorite part, though, is the
one-on-one interaction with
her father.
“I like being able to spend
time with him,” she said.
Other attendees echoed
that sentiment, touching on
how the memories made
during the dance are ones that
will last well into the future.
“Everyone I’ve talked
to about the event says how
sweet it is and how excited
their daughters are to go,”
Smith said. “It’s just a really a
ty extreme, so I think that’s
probably a good aspect of the
play.” Another comical aspect,
according to senior Adam
Morse, who plays Albert, is the
love story between his charac-
ter and Rosie — and how Al-
bert’s mother tries to get in the
way using guilt-tripping and
other manipulative tactics.
In general, the students an-
ticipate the audience will enjoy
themselves as much as the cast
has during the rehearsal pro-
cess. De Luz said one of her
favorite aspects of the overall
experience has been “growing
as a cast and really bonding
Graduation rates show
Warrenton on the rise
Grad Rates from Page 1A
The dance floor was filled
with activity, from conga
lines and personalized dance
moves to fits of laughter and
singing, during the annual
Daddy Daughter Dance, put
on by the Sunset Empire
Park and Recreation District.
Andy Klumper and his 9-year-old daughter Lydia, of Gear-
hart, show off their moves together.
fun time for the girls, and for
the dads to see their daughters
so excited. That’s the dream.”
Since the event started in
2014 at the Bob Chisholm
Community Center, it has
roughly doubled in atten-
dance. This year, about 300
people attended, more than
expected, Smith said. She be-
lieves that is a positive testa-
ment to the event’s appeal and
“I think the sheer turnout
kind of speaks for itself as to
how important this event is to
our community,” Smith said,
adding there are not many
local activities throughout
the year featuring the same
unique, lavish atmosphere
for young people that invites
them to get gussied up. “We
can create a kind of oppor-
tunity that’s really special. I
think the community agrees,
with how many people con-
tinue to come year after year.”
In addition to continuous
music — played by disc jock-
ey Bruce Smith and accompa-
nied by colorful lights flash-
ing on the dance floor — the
event featured a raffle, with
prizes from Bath and Body
Works, Claire’s and other
establishments; cookies and
beverages; and questionnaires
for the couples to fill out to-
As always, one of the most
popular features was the pho-
to booth, run by local photog-
rapher Justin Grafton.
“That was busy all night,”
Smith said. “There’s always a
Generally, she said, the
girls enjoy getting multiple
pictures, not only with their
dates for the evening but also
with friends.
Often, a few grandpar-
ents or other family members
will stop by briefly to grab
snapshots, as well. It also is
common for mothers or other
female guardians who want
to witness the special night to
work as volunteers.
“It’s certainly worth-
while,” Smith said of the
event. “It’s my favorite one to
go to, because there’s just so
much excitement. It’s really
special to see that relationship
the dads and daughters have
above 70 percent last year.
The state as a whole has
increased graduation from
68.4 percent in 2012 to 74.8
percent last year.
“Based on our fairly small
population, we frequently
see some fluctuation in our
numbers since a percentage
point is almost exactly one
student,” Seaside School
District Superintendent Shei-
la Roley said Monday. “We
also had a few more students
than our typical amount last
year who decided to pursue
a GED.”
Roley said new strategies
implemented by Principal
Jeff Roberts are aimed on in-
creasing student engagement
in the high school this year.
“In terms of addressing
graduation rate, we would
like to see all students gradu-
ate, so we are always evaluat-
ing our programs to improve
our practice,” Roley said.
“This year we have a K-12
team of educators participat-
ing in a program sponsored
by the Oregon Department
of Education and University
of Oregon to create a K-12
system of College and Career
Readiness. We know the ear-
lier we can address barriers
that students have to gradua-
tion, the more successful our
students will become.”
Warrenton rise
Since 57.9 percent of the
Warrenton class of 2012 grad-
uated in four years, the worst
mark in the county, the school
has seen continual gains, with
more than 63 percent in 2013,
66 percent in 2014 and more
than 69 percent in 2015. Last
year, more than 74 percent of
Fundraiser features new auction items
Live auction winners included:
We focus on resident-
centered care , foster a
stimulating and nurturing
environment , and facilitate as
independent a life as
Bjorn Karlsson
Diane Somers
Randy Frank
• 3 enclosed courtyards safe
for enjoying the outdoors.
• 2 community dining and
activity spaces .
• Private and semi-private
Jane Crater
Tony Wozniak
swimming lessons, preschool
and summer camps. Examples
of what Seaside Rotary Foun-
dation has done include holi-
day gifts through the Wishing
Tree program; Shop with a
Cop for community youth;
scholarships for high school
students; hosting of grad night;
donating to the South County
Food Bank and Helping Hands
Re-entry program; and hosting
students for the student youth
exchange program.
Warrenton students graduated
on time, nearly the highest
rate among the county’s three
larger school districts.“I’ve
put a lot of emphasis in math
over the last five years,” Jef-
fery said. “That’s one area
that the majority of kids will
struggle with coming into
high school.”
Principal Rod Heyen said
Warrenton brought in retired
math instructor Kate Gru-
etter part time to work with
students, and provides af-
ter-school opportunities for
students to make up home-
work and tests. “That has
become really beneficial and
become part of our culture
Heyen said he gets many
of his ideas from other dis-
tricts, including Principal
Lynn Jackson at Astoria High
School, who, he added, is
good about pulling in kids
who might be falling through
the cracks, regardless of the
effect on the graduation rate.
Astoria regularly takes
students from around the
county into the Gray School
Campus Alternative Educa-
tion Program, a self-paced,
largely online school for stu-
dents who need to recover
credits on their own sched-
Heyen said he recently
consulted with a fifth-year se-
nior, living on her own with a
job, who had been to several
different high schools with-
out finishing, but wants to try
“Behind the grad rate, you
have a kid walking in the door
saying he wants to try,” Hey-
en said. “You’ve got to go af-
ter that.”
—R.J. Marx contributed
to this report.
A 32 bed residential care
facility designed specifically for
residents living with dementia.
Fundraiser from Page 1A
said he believes “the proceeds
from this wonderful event to-
night and also our annual auc-
tion” will be better than the
year before.
New this year was the op-
portunity drawing. For a $50
ticket, people got a chance
to win a romantic getaway to
Victoria, British Columbia.
This year’s winner of the op-
portunity drawing was Gregg
Freedman of the Providence
Seaside Hospital Foundation
Laura Freedman, part of
organizing team, has seen
the event evolve into a major
fundraiser. “Once the event ex-
panded to include restaurants,
it changed the whole spirit of
the event because it was more
widely represented in the com-
munity,” she said.
Sunset Park and Recreation
Foundation scholarships in-
clude after school programs,
with each other, just backstage
or sitting out [in the cafeteria],
waiting for our next part.”
Seaside High School’s
production of “Bye Bye Bird-
ie,” presented in arrangement
with Tams-Whitmark Mu-
sic Library Production, will
take place Feb. 24 and 25 and
March 2, 3 and 4. Doors open
at 6:30 p.m. and the show
starts at 7. General admission
is $8 per person. Honored
citizens and children 12 and
younger are admitted for $6
and high school students for
$4. For more information, call
the school at 503-738-5586.
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Your partners in care, close to home.
2219 SE D olph in A venu e
W arrenton, O R 97146