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Easton Middle Theatre Department and Easton High School Drama Club Invite You to Get "All Shook Up" at

            
                    Bye Bye Birdie!

Produced & Directed by Richard A. Vitanovec
with the support of the
Easton Middle Theatre Boosters

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A Tony Award-winning Broadway production, Bye Bye Birdie was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army. 

It's 1956 and popular, swoon-inducing rock 'n' roll legend Conrad Birdie (Joey Bridges) has been drafted into the army. His agent, Albert Peterson (Will Dawkins) and Albert's faithful secretary, Rose Alvarez (Loreal Lewis) concoct one final publicity plan before Conrad leaves: A prime time sendoff on the Ed Sullivan show while crooning Albert Peterson's "One Last Kiss" and delivering a much-hyped kiss to a typical American teenage girl. Kim MacAfee (Elizabeth Daly) of Sweet Apple, Ohio, wins this honor. While the Sweet Apple Conrad Birdie Fan Club is (literally) screaming with excitement, Conrad's hip-thrusting makes more than one person in town uncomfortable, many of whom attempt to stop the show from happening.

The arrival of Birdie in Sweet Apple sends the quiet little town into a spin. The MacAfee family--Harry (Lukas McGee), Doris (Hannah Gill), and Randolph (Noah Rottman)--and the entire Sweet Apple community get "all shook up" by the visiting celebrity.

"This is a show that everyone can appreciate, enjoy and relate to," says director Richard A. Vitanovec. "The music, story line, dancing and costumes will transport the audience to a time and place where rock and roll was in its prime. This is one of those shows that makes you want to slick back your hair, dust off those saddle shoes and poodle skirts, and just dance."

DID YOU KNOW . . . The rock star character's name, "Conrad Birdie," is word play on the name of Conway Twitty. Today, Twitty is best remembered for his long career as a country music star; but before that, in the late 1950s, he was one of Presley's rock 'n' roll rivals.

Read a synopsis of "Bye Bye Birdie" on Broadway.


PERFORMANCE DATES


Friday January 21 . . . Saturday January 22 . . . Sunday January 23 . . . Friday January 28 . . . Saturday January 29
Friday & Saturday performances at begin at 7:00pm and Sunday performances begin at 3:00pm

PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS
 at Easton Middle School, Crackerjacks and Little Rascals in Easton, or Reeser's Pharmacy in St. Michaels
$10-Adults          $5-Students
For more information call 410.829.9811


This production is supported in part by the Talbot County Arts Council (www.talbotarts.org).





Joey Bridges stars as Conrad Birdie with Elizabeth Daly as Kim MacAfee.