Jean Healy Looks Forward to Bye Bye Birdie Alumni Night

Jean Healy Looks Forward to Bye Bye Birdie Alumni Night

Lauren Van Gheem, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

As Notre Dame Academy looks forward to another musical, many former cast members have great memories from past productions.  

Jean Healy, alumni member of the 1987 Bye Bye Birdie cast, lives in Green Bay.  She enjoys spending time with her children and teaching in the same grade school she attended.

Healy currently teaches third grade at Notre Dame Elementary School in De Pere and has taught there for 19 years. She described herself as “loving, funny and hard-working.”

In Sunday’s Green Bay Press-Gazette she was announced as a Golden Apple nominee from Notre Dame Elementary.

In the 1987 production of Bye Bye Birdie Healy played a teenage girl named Deborah Sue. “I gained self confidence, stage presence and a whole group of friends,” she said.

While attending St. Joseph Academy, Healy and her classmates could participate in musicals at all three Catholic high schools.  She still remains friends with several members of the cast and looks forward to seeing them at their class reunions.

She said, “One of my favorite memories of this musical was being in it with my sister. I also enjoyed the camaraderie with the cast and crew of the musical.”

Healy not only was in Bye Bye Birdie, but she also participated in No, No Nanette, Hello Dolly, The Sound of Music and South Pacific.

She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 27 years and has three kids. Kari is a junior at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, Max is a junior at Notre Dame Academy and Alex is in seventh grade at Notre Dame of De Pere.

“In life I look forward to seeing my children succeed and have families of their own and possibly going to Hawaii someday,” Healy said.

In ten years she sees herself continuing a successful teaching career at Notre Dame of De Pere. She also looks forward to celebrating 37 years of marriage with her husband Greg, who graduated from Abbot Pennings in 1988.

“I also hope to have married children and possibly a couple grandchildren to enjoy,” she said.

Healy plans to attend the Alumni Night of the current Bye Bye Birdie production and said, “I can’t wait to see the musical this year. It is fun with great music.”