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March 5, 2013 > Irvington Conservatory Theatre presents classic musical

Irvington Conservatory Theatre presents classic musical

Submitted By Pamela Rosen

Irvington High School Conservatory Theatre (ICT) is proud to present "Bye Bye Birdie" as its spring musical, March 7 through March 23 at Irvington's Valhalla Theatre in Fremont. Featuring the talents of 100 high school actors, singers, dancers, technicians, and musicians, "Bye Bye Birdie" recalls with joyful spirit the teenagers of early 1950s middle America, and their singular obsession with a new phenomenon called rock n' roll.

"Bye Bye Birdie" is one of the most beloved shows in American musical theatre history. It was among the first shows to incorporate rock music into the score. Based loosely on real events, it tells the tale of teen idol Conrad Birdie who is drafted into the army. At the urging of his songwriter Albert Peterson, Conrad travels to Sweet Apple, Ohio, with Albert and Albert's long-suffering girlfriend, Rosie.

Rosie has convinced Albert to write a farewell song for Conrad in a last-ditch attempt to create a hit for both Conrad and Albert so she can finally marry the elusive Albert. Conrad will kiss one lucky fan chosen at random on the Ed Sullivan Show; the lucky winner is 16-year-old Kim MacAfee.

But the trip to Sweet Apple is nowhere near as sweet as Albert and Rosie planned. Kim is a girl in a star-struck town with a jealous boyfriend, a well-meaning but overbearing family, and a free-spirited mind of her own. Her energy and attitude inspire Rosie - and the soon-to-be drafted Conrad - to realize they still have "a lot of living to do."

Featuring such memorable songs as "Put on a Happy Face," "Kids" and the iconic "Telephone Hour," Irvington's production of "Bye Bye Birdie" is full of energy, color, and fun. Irvington High School is Fremont's Arts Magnet high school, and its conservatory program is known for exceptional quality education for talented students in both academics and the arts.

Under the direction of Scott Di Lorenzo, "Bye Bye Birdie" will be performed March 7 - 9, 14 - 16, and 21 - 23 at 7:30 p.m. with additional matinee performances on March 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $12 for students and seniors to $20 for premium seating. The Friday, March 8 performance will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. Tickets are available at www.irvingtondrama.com. Just click the "Buy Tickets" button to choose the best seats for you!

For more information, call (510) 687-6423, or visit www.irvingtondrama.com.

Bye Bye Birdie
Thursday, Mar 7 - Saturday, Mar 23
7:30 p.m. (Sunday matinees: 2 p.m.)
Valhalla Theatre
Irvington High School
41800 Blacow Rd., Fremont
(510) 687-6423
www.irvingtondrama.com

Tickets: $12 - $20

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