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Final Sierra High performance of ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ set for Saturday

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POSTED March 22, 2013 1:40 a.m.

An encore performance for “Bye Bye Birdie” is scheduled this weekend at Sierra High.

The musical comedy directed by Sarah Frase stars Simon McHenry as Conrad Birdie, who plays an Elvis-type character during the early days of Rock ‘N’ Roll.

Birdie is ready to be inducted into the Army and finds his way to the fictional town of Sweet Apple to during his goodbye tour. It’s there that he encounters Kim MacAfee (Annie Bands and Noelle Lanser share credits for the role).

“Bye Bye Birdie,” written by Mike Stewart and lyrics by Lee Adams, is the joint effort of the Sierra High choir and drama departments. Erica Chapman is in charge of choreography while Anne Talcott and Daniel Talcott lead the orchestra.

No Sunday show will be held as erroneously reported last week by the Bulletin.

Saturday’s performance is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the SHS Theatre. Cost is $9 for adults and high school students, and $7 for senior and children.

The cast also includes Caleb Wardle as Conrad Birdie’s agent Albert Peterson; Hannah Goe and Kelly Eichsteadt are both credited for playing Peterson’s faithful secretary, Rose Alvarez; Sam Hoffman is Mr. MacAfee; and Emma Hunter and Megan Carbiener share the role of Mrs. MacAfee.

As Birdie, McHenry performs the song “One Last Kiss” on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Other musical numbers include the character of Rosie singing “An English Teacher” and Kim doing “How lovely to be A Woman.”

The teen chorus will perform “Telephone Hour” and Wardle as Albert will sing “Put on a Happy Face.”

For more information, call Sierra High, 1700 Thomas St., at 209-858-7410.

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