Bye Bye Birdie

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By Adrianna Zampieri

Raise the curtain because it’s show time! The Theatre Company of Bryan-College Station is proud to present on its stage the Broadway hit “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Debuting its first performance in 1987, The Theatre Company has a successful decades-old history of entertaining its audience with talented actors, catchy music, and energetic choreography. This community theater performance group is “dedicated to the presentation of high quality productions suitable for family audiences at an affordable price.”

At the helm of this company is its artistic director Randy Wilson. With more than thirty years of theatre experience under his belt, Wilson has helped TTC thrive, bringing to the Bryan and College Station area a wide variety of musicals and plays that appeal to a wide variety of individuals. Past productions include “The Wizard of Oz,” “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” and “Young Frankenstein,” and when summer begins in June, locals can look forward to a dazzling production of the Broadway blockbuster “Into the Woods.”

But first take a trip back in time to 1958 in “Bye Bye Birdie.” Rock ’n’ roll heartthrob sensation Conrad Birdie has been drafted into the US army (just like the real rock ’n’ roll heartthrob sensation Elvis Presley was drafted in 1957). For a last-ditch publicity stunt, Birdie’s manager Albert Peterson plans for his client to release a new song, “One Last Kiss,” and give one lucky fan, Kim Macafee, from Sweet Apple, Ohio a real “last kiss” before he is sent overseas, thus turning the world of Sweet Apple upside down because a publicity stunt like that isn’t complete without outraged parents and a jealous boyfriend.

The first performance for “Bye Bye Birdie” takes the stage on April 15 and the last show takes its final bow on May 1. Visit The Theatre Company’s website for information concerning specific dates, show times, and ticket information.

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