Marie Clark Musical Theatre is excited to present the Adelaide amateur theatre premiere of Buddy – “The Buddy Holly Story”, coming to the Arts Theatre stage in Adelaide during October 2011. This is the first non-professional production of this musical in Adelaide, and with a fantastic cast, crew and production team, it’s set to not only be a sell-out but also a show that’s truly not to be missed!

7th, 8th, 13th, 14th 15th October 2011 at 8pm

Matinees 8th & 15th October 2011 at 2pm
Special Night 12th October 2011 at 8pm

Suitable for all Ages


The Arts Theatre, cnr Angas and Moore Streets, Adelaide


Plot Summary:

Buddy joins ‘The Winter Dance Party’ of 1959, a bus tour through the Midwest quenching the teenage thirst for the ‘new music called Rock ‘n’ Roll’. The tour is hard work, the weather conditions appalling and the performers are alternating between sleeping in the luggage racks and dropping into hospital to be treated for frostbite.

Our story ends on February 3rd, 1959, after a rocking concert with the ‘Big Bopper’ J.P. Richardson and Ritchie Valens at the Surf Ballroom in Iowa. Buddy makes the fateful decision to break his promise to his pregnant wife not to fly, as he and the other two head-liners board a small plane and take off into the night destined for their next show. During a snow storm, in the dead of night, the plane crashes and spares no survivors.

The tragedy shocks the world, snatching the lives of three of the world’s most dynamic musical talents – Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Buddy Holly’s brief life is immortalized in this dynamic and heart-rending stage show. It’s a celebration of the man, his music and life, that catches that unique mixture of innocence, determination, humor and charm that was Buddy Holly.

…and the rest will just be Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Production Team:

Director: Greg Donhardt
Musical Director: Emma Knights
Choreographer: Victoria Beal

Principal Performers:

Buddy Holly: Dominic Hodges
Ritchie Valens: Travis Kulinicz
The Big Bopper: Brendon Liley
Maria Elena: Sophie Hamilton

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