2/25/2013 9:06:00 AM Say hello to Sweet Apple, Ohio
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Collin Pierce as Conrad Birdie and Annabelle Larson as Kim McAfee in Valley Catholic School’s production of 'Bye Bye Birdie.'
BEAVERTON — The year was 1958 and Elvis Presley was being inducted into the U.S. Army. Presley’s millions of fans turned it into a major media event — a phenomenon satirized in the classic Tony Award winning musical and popular film, "Bye Bye Birdie," which will come to life on the stage of Valley Catholic High School here.
Bye Bye Birdie will be presented in Valley Catholic’s Kelly Auditorium at 7 p.m. March 1-2 and 8-9 with matinees at 2 p.m. on March 3 and 10. Valley Catholic High School is located at 4275 SW 148th Ave., Beaverton. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and $3 for children under age five. Tickets can be ordered at 503-644-3745 or purchased at the door. "Bye Bye Birdie" is an affectionate look at pop culture. When pop idol Conrad Birdie announces that he’s going into the Army, the teenage world explodes. Conrad’s manager decides to take advantage of the mayhem and have Conrad sing one more hit on The Ed Sullivan Show and give “One Last Kiss” to a lucky teenage fan in the small town of Sweet Apple, Ohio. Pandemonium ensues as parents and teens of the town react to Sweet Apple’s celebrity presence. “If there’s any question as to whether a 1960 musical comedy holds any relevance for a 21st century audience, just look at the popularity of Justin Bieber, American Idol, or Lady Gaga," says Ginnie Sutfin, Valley Catholic drama teacher. "Teenagers and adults today won’t have to work too hard to think how, even fifty years later, the experience remains quite similar to the madness surrounding ‘The King’ or those ‘Lads from Liverpool.’” There are 40 students involved in the production, which includes the song "Put on a Happy Face." Production credits include musical direction by Jeffrey Childs, choreography by Elizabeth Esch Brown, lighting design by Bradford Johnson and set design by Megan Miller.