If you’ve never participated in a Clarke County theatrical production it would be difficult to imagine the level of community effort required before the curtain rises on opening night. This year’s musical, Bye Bye Birdie, features 43 Clarke County High School and Johnson-Williams Middle School students on stage, in addition to 21 students in the pit orchestra and 8 on the stage crew. The musical is a true community event: teachers, parents, and students have been sewing costumes, painting the sets and getting ready for the show.
Bye-Bye Birdie is the story of a 1950’s teen-idol heading off to join the Army. Heart-throb Conrad Birdie is an Elvis Presley wannabe complete with pompadour and sideburns. Albert Peterson, Conrad’s agent, along with Albert’s faithful secretary Rose Alvarez, do their best to keep Birdie on the path to stardom. When Conrad learns off his impending military induction Rosie concocts a national publicity spectacle; one-last kiss with a lucky Conrad Birdie fan club president broadcast live on the Ed Sullivan Show from Sweet Apple, Ohio.
Bye Bye Birdie offers many well-loved tunes including An English Teacher, What Did I Ever See in Him?, Put on a Happy Face, One Boy, A Lot of Livin’ to Do, Kids, Rosie and Spanish Rose.
Showtimes are March 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and March 21 at 2:30 p.m. at the Williams Community Auditorium at Johnson-Williams Middle School in Berryville. General Admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and will be available at the Box Office 30 minutes before show time. If you plan to attend the Opening Night performance on Friday, March 19, wear your 1950s best and join us for some great entertainment! For more information, contact Director Andy Kiser at 540-955-6160, x.102, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org