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‘Bye Bye Birdie’ comes to life at MHS

Albert Peterson, portrayed by Adam Michal, sings the musical number "Put on a Happy Face," in a rehearsal of MHS drama department's production of "Bye Bye Birdie," which begins tonight at the MHS auditorium. Brian L. Gray photos


Mandan High School’s winter musical takes audiences back to the rockin’ ’50s with “Bye Bye Birdie’s” classic rock and roll, poodle skirts and a whole lot of singing.

“‘Bye Bye Birdie'” is classic boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back musical theatre,” said Director Anne Jorgenson Green. “It’s just good, clean fun.”

The Broadway classic “Bye Bye Birdie” tells the story of an Elvis-type rock and roll singer, Conrad Birdie, whose heartthrob status would rival even the most desperate cases of Bieber Fever. Conrad is about to be inducted into the Army so his manager, Albert, takes him to Sweet Apple, Ohio, to plant one last farewell kiss on Kim MacAfee, a small town American girl.

Birdie’s arrival throws Sweet Apple into a frenzy. The town’s teenage girls run crazy after they come into contact with their rock and roll idol; new relationships are thrown into turmoil by Birdie’s charisma; and the town’s parents worry about their kids loop-the-looping with a rock star. Add to the mix Albert’s own relationship drama and his overbearing mama, and you’ve got the recipe for a rollicking good time filled with catchy tunes and a lot of laughs.

Almost 70 student actors, tech crew and orchestra members bring the Broadway classic to life on the Mandan High School stage.

“We’re excited to bring new life to this iconic musical for the community,” Green said. “It’s a great show.”

Performances are tonight and Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Mandan High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

The character of Kim MacAfee, played by Erin Rector, learns that she has been named the one person who will be receiving the farewell kiss from rock and roll singer Conrad Birdie, in the MHS production of "Bye Bye Birdie."