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Sierra staging musical comedy
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Students from the Sierra High choir and drama production of Bye Bye Birdie play teenagers during the early days of Rock N Roll and malt shops. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

“Bye Bye Birdie” is a musical comedy that takes you back to the innocent days of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Elvis and malt shops.

The Sierra High choir and drama departments are working in harmony to bring together the play by Mike Stewart and lyrics by Lee Adams.

“Bye Bye Birdie” under the direction Sarah Frase – Daniel Talcott is the musical director, Erica Chapman is the chorographer, and Daniel Talcott and Anne Talcott lead the orchestra – opened Thursday at the SHS Theatre.

Performances continue tonight (6:30 p.m.), Saturday (2:30 p.m.) and Sunday (6:30 p.m.); and Saturday, March 23 (2:30 p.m.) and Sunday, March 24 (6:30 p.m.).

Cost is $9 for adults and high school students, and $7 for senior and children.

“Bye Bye Birdie” is the story about Conrad Birdie as played by Simon McHenry. He’s an Elvis Presley-type who is ready to be inducted into the army, arriving in the fictional town of Sweet Apple to bid goodbye to his adoring teenage fans.

Caleb Wardle is Albert Peterson, who serves as Conrad’s agent. Hannah Goe and Kelly Eichsteadt are both credited for playing Rose Alvarez. She’s the faithful secretary of Albert Peterson.

Annie Banks and Noelle Lanser are both credited in the role of the typical teenage girl Kim MacAfee. Her all-American family – Sam Hoffman plays Mr. MacAffee while Emma Hunter and Megan Carbiener are both credited with the role of Mrs. MacAffee – is in an uproar upon the arrival of Birdie, who performs the song “One Last Kiss” on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Other musical numbers include Rosie singing “An English Teacher,” Kim doing “How Lovely to be A Woman,” the teen chorus getting together for “Telephone Hour,” and Albert shining in “Put on a Happy Face.”

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