Joining forces to stage Bye Bye Birdie

G.W. Graham
G.W. Graham's production of Bye Bye Birdie runs April 30 to May 10.
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A joint collaboration between G.W. Graham students and community members passionate about theatre will result in the staging of Bye Bye Birdie at the end of April.

This show will create an educational experience for students with both professional and amateur role models, all of whom are dedicated to theatre.

The year is 1958 and the rock ’n roll phenomenon is spreading across America. Pop star Conrad Birdie is the country’s hottest icon with more than a million fans. His agent, Albert Peterson, signs him for a $50,000 guarantee with the future looking bright—there’s no stopping his career.

Suddenly, news comes that Conrad is being drafted into the army and soon will be shipping out. Word spreads and teenage girls across the nation are heartbroken.

Bye Bye Birdie is a musical satire performed with the fondest affection, giving insight into everyday life that is a part of us all. It is the tops in imagination and frivolity, a show that will be enjoyed by the whole family.

Including a cast of more than 30 people from ages 10 to 80, Bye Bye Birdie includes direction by Randy Newbury, produced by Damon Fultz, choreography by Karry Kozak, musical direction by Paula Quick, orchestra direction by Adam Van Loo, and stage management by Steffi Munshaw.

• The show runs April 30 to May 10 (Wednesday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.) with a special by-donation preview on April 29 to benefit the Patrick O’Brien scholarship. Tickets are $10 to $15 and available at G.W. Graham (45955 Thomas Rd.) and the Dogfather (9701 Menzies St.).

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