Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story - Dinner Theatre

“Buddy shakes up Broadway! The musical numbers will have you up on your feet clapping. Buddy is a blast!”- Pia Lindstrom, WNBC-TV

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

April 26-May 19, 2019
Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre, Waite Park

Musical Adult Dinner Theatre

This is the true story of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be The Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on The Day The Music Died.  This rocking musical features over twenty of Buddy’s greatest hits, including “Peggy Sue”, “Oh Boy”, and “Rave On”, plus Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.”

Written by Alan Janes

Friday, April 26th at 6:00pm - SOLD OUT!
Saturday, April 27th at 6:00pm - SOLD OUT!
Sunday, April 28th at 4:00pm - SOLD OUT!
Friday, May 3rd at 6:00pm* - SOLD OUT!
Saturday, May 4th at 6:00pm - SOLD OUT!
Sunday, May 5th at 4:00pm - SOLD OUT!
Friday, May 10th at 6:00pm - SOLD OUT!
Saturday, May 11th at 6:00pm - Special Fundraiser Performance
Sunday, May 12th at 4:00pm - SOLD OUT!
Friday, May 17th at 6:00pm - SOLD OUT!
Saturday, May 18th at 6:00pm - SOLD OUT!
Sunday, May 19th at 4:00pm - SOLD OUT!

*American Sign Language Interpreted Performance

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Tickets are still available for Buddy, Brews and BBQ - our fundraiser performance of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

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ESTIMATED SHOW LENGTH: 120 minutes plus 60 minutes for dinner

APPROPRIATE FOR: Most appropriate for adults due to content and mild adult language.


  • Seen by over 22 million people, the show features two terrific hours of the greatest songs ever written, including "That’ll Be The Day," "Oh Boy," "Rave On," "La Bamba," "Chantilly Lace," "Johnny B. Goode," "Raining In My Heart," "Everyday," "Shout," and many many more, this show is just Peggy Sue-perb!

  • Since Buddy premiered, over 3,310 pairs of trousers have had to be replaced – due to Buddy knee sliding across stages throughout the world – and 400 pairs of glasses have been broken.

  • Buddy played his last concert at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa, U.S.A. sixty years ago on February 3rd.

American IPA Braised Statler Chicken Breast with Spiced Rye Lager Cream Sauce
Caprese Salad
Sea Salt Rubbed Baked Russet Potato
Apple Pecan Baked Beans
Flourless Chocolate Fudge Cake with Hazelnut Caramel Topping

*Vegetarian option available. 

Thank you to everyone who auditioned for Buddy Holly! We saw a rockin' amount of talent! 

We are still seeking African-American singers and/or musicians to play the role of the Apollo performers. We also seeking a keyboardist and a trombone player to round out our bands.  Email Dennis@GreatTheatre.org if interested. 

Please attend our cast meeting 6:30PM on Tuesday, February 12th at the Helgeson Learning Lab Lobby, 710 Sundial Drive, Waite Park, MN. At our meeting we hope to obtain measurements for costumes, provide your February-March rehearsal schedule, distribute your scripts and music and talk through the musician roles. 

Buddy Holly: Robert Wolfe
Joe Mauldin: Drew Sevcik
Jerry Allison: Matthew Luczak
Tommy Alsup: Kevin Goolden
Hipockets Duncan: Steve Cragle
Maria Elena Santiago: Yadaira Rivera-Reyes
Big Bopper/Radio Engineer: Ross Harris
Decca Producer: Joshua Cash
Norman Petty: Tom Kuhn
Ritchie Valens: Bailey Jones
Vi Petty: Linda McGowan
Apollo DJ: Jacob Hoeschen
Emcee at Clear Lake: Brandi Richards-Berger
Shirley: Alicia Andres
Peggy Sue: Kimberly Seifert
Mary Lou Sokolof: Cami Sells

Tim Barnes
Joshua Cash
Miranda Carlson
Jacob Hoeschen
Brandi Richards-Berger
Austin Sergeant

Jingle Singers 
Cami Sells 
Kimberly Seifert
Molly Vouk

Alicia Andres
Tim Barnes  
Steve Cragle 
Bailey Jones
Tom Kuhn


Produced by arrangement with Alan Janes.  BuddyTheMusical.com