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'Bye Bye Birdie'
MCHS, Little Grand Theatre Company collaborate in weekend production
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Thursday, October 04, 2012 11:00 AM
Britt Copeland plays the part of Conrad, and Elizabeth Gee plays the part of Kim in the Madison Consolidated High School and Little Grand Theatre Company production of “Bye, Bye Birdie.” (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
Little Grand Theatre Company and the Madison Consoliated High School Theatre will collaborate for a weekend production of the Broadway musical "Bye Bye Birdie."
The production includes a 50-member cast and 20-person crew and will have a blend of high school and adult actors, as well as students as young as 9 and 10. Aaron Kelsey, art teacher and Madison Theatre director at Madison Consolidated High School, will direct the performance.
The show will be at 7 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the MCHS auditorium. The tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for children and students with an student ID. Balcony seats are $5.
Though the two theaters have collaborated in the past, "Bye Bye Birdie" will be the first musical Little Grand and Madison Theatre have joined forces to produce.
"It's been wonderful," said Laura Ratcliff, president of Little Grand and co-owner of Ohio Theatre. "They're great kids and they work very hard and take it seriously."
Ratcliff, who is the show's stage manager, said the partnership between Little Grand and Madison Theatre allows for flexibility with the roles and makes for a true "community production."
"Bye Bye Birdie" was written by Michael Stewart and features music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams.
The story follows the 1960s rock 'n' roll sensation, Conrad Birdie, who is drafted into the military, much to the chagrin of his adoring fans. Aspiring chemist and struggling songwriter Albert Peterson conspires with his secretary to have Birdie perform a song on the "Ed Sullivan Show." Birdie is to seal his performance by kissing a woman in the audience, denoting his symbolic farewell before he leaves for the service.
The musical includes such songs as "Put on a Happy Face," "Lot of Livin' to do" and "One Last Kiss."
The production will serve as the first fall production for the Madison Theatre. The second, Neil Simon's "Fools," will be performed in November.
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