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PS 207 students perform Elvis-inspired musical

What’s the story?: Elementary school kids at PS 207 in Marine Park sang their hearts out during a performance of the stage musical “Bye Bye Birdie” on May 18.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

These birdies can sing!

The kids at PS 207 put on another dazzling performance in Marine Park on May 18, this time of the musical “Bye Bye Birdie.” The school’s drama director said the elementary school students’ teamwork is what enables them to put on compelling shows.

“It was such a wonderful production,” said Kimberly Simek. “The students are so supportive of each other.”

The children at the Fillmore Avenue institution put on two plays per year. This year’s stage musical tells the story of a popular singer who is drafted into the army – a tale inspired by Elvis Presley’s life.

The strongest part of the show was the kids’ rendition of “Honestly Sincere” – a fast-paced, guitar-driven tune reminiscent of early rock ‘n’ roll, according to Simek.

“Everyone in the audience was very into the energy of that one,” she said.

The children did so well that Simek said it will be years before they perform “Bye Bye Birdie” again, because it would be hard to top this month’s show.

“I’m not sure we could recreate that magic,” she said.

Reach reporter Adam Lucente at alucente@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_Lucente.
He’s sincere: Jayden Bernard played heartthrob Conrad Birdie, whose character was inspired by Elvis Presley, but whose name is a play on country star Conway Twitty.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

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