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My first instinct was that it was an amusement park ride, but my musical director swears it refers to the sexual act known as "69". I have
also heard of it as a square dance. Can anyone help? It's driving me nuts. Is there anywhere else I can post this? Thanks.

I played Birdie not too long ago (scholarship money at college--they thought I could act) and I remember wondering the same thing--no solid answer, I'm sorry. I know it was a Beach Boys tune about a plane, but whether that's it, I don't know.

But here's the thing: the show is so irritatingly innocent--especially when it comes to the parents--that I think the less you reveal about what "loop-da-loop" is, the funnier it is. Let the audience fill in the blank. If it's a dance, that's fine. But if you can't talk about sex at the time, you can talk even less about specific "types" of sex. Birdie could say it knowingly, because, at least the way I played him, he has no shame (going for an open-mouthed kiss on the TV show, scratching himself in public, glancing at his teenage fan club top-to-bottom when he has a spare moment, etc). The father could say it as if, whatever it is, it can't be better than devil worship. And the kids could all pretend like they know exactly what it means, but haven't a clue. The less that is said or demonstrated through action the better.

Of course, those are just my takes on it. I didn't particularly like the musical, though I think if you can find a cast who'll really throw themselves into it (particularly the fan club--if they aren't willing to scream, you've got no show) it can be real, uh, loop-da-loop for the audience as well as those involved with the production. Surprisingly, we took some risks and had a blast.

Just some thoughts. Good luck with the show!


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