‘Bye, Bye Birdie’ will be Bruce Danielson’s swan song

Dear Editor:

Rumor has it that this year’s Cambridge-Isanti High School’s fall musical, ‘Bye, Bye Birdie,’ (Nov. 21, 22, 23, 24), will be director Bruce Danielson’s final turn at the helm of the annual production. If that’s the case, I strongly urge everybody to come out and catch this classic Broadway musical.

“Mr. D.” has been on the musical scene at CIHS for almost 30 years (it wasn’t even CIHS when he started directing). With every production featuring between 40 and 100 plus students, Danielson has had a tremendous impact on the development of many young artists. He has taken many quiet and inexperienced freshmen and exposed them to the art of projecting for the stage, designing lighting and sound, building sets, and running a backstage crew.

The amount of work that it takes to put on a show is usually unseen and once experienced by other adults, pretty staggering. Bruce has done this unfailingly well for the duration of his career. On top of those numbers are those of the audience members that have seen one of his shows. If you went to school in District 911 between 1985 and now, you have seen one of his shows. Thousands of people have had the wonderful opportunity to share in the experience of a musical helmed by Bruce Danielson and his music director Frank Wells.

Mr. D. is a staple of life on the stage of the Richard G. Hardy Performing Arts Center. I have had the privilege to be his coworker for going on 14 years now and a collaborator for nine of those. I hope you will join me in showing community support for my mentor and neighbor Bruce Danielson and thank him for all he has done for theatre in the Cambridge-Isanti area.

Aaron Knudsvig