Archive for Wednesday, June 4, 2003

BCCT musical ‘Birdie’ to be moved inside

June 4, 2003

It's meant to be a good-bye like no other.

Elvis-like rock star Conrad Birdie is heading into the military. But plans are being made to make his sendoff one to remember.

Set in the early '60s, Baldwin City Community Theatre's summer musical, "Bye Bye Birdie," revolves around rock 'n' roll star Birdie's final appearance before he is drafted.

Before Birdie leaves, Albert Peterson, a not-so-successful songwriter, and his secretary -- a long-time girlfriend -- hatch a plan to get the pop star to sing one of his songs and kiss a randomly chosen young woman good-bye.

Peterson is convinced he can make a fortune and marry his girlfriend if Conrad performs the song Peterson writes for him.

Medora Davidson, the musical's director, said "Bye Bye Birdie," which runs June 20-22 and 26-28, should be an enjoyable production for the Baldwin community.

"It's just a fun show," Davidson said. "And it's got some great music in it."

Some of the musical's songs she said people should be familiar with include "Put on a Happy Face" and "Kids."

"The music will be something they'll go out singing," Linda Ballinger, president of the board of directors, said.

BCCT's annual musical will have one noticeable change this year. Instead of being performed outdoors downtown, "Bye Bye Birdie" will be in the Baldwin Junior High School auditorium.

Ballinger said BCCT couldn't afford the $4,000 rental fee for the stage and lights anymore.

Davidson said there were advantages to having the musical indoors.

"I think it's really handy," she said. "There were times when the weather was a little uncomfortable."

Besides being in an air conditioned facility without having to worry about the possibility of rain, she said the audience also won't have to go to the trouble of bringing their own lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

"It's just a nice facility," she said.

The show time will be 8 p.m. every performance.

Tickets will go on sale this weekend and will be available at the local banks or by calling the BCCT office at 594-7440. Tickets bought in advance are $9 for adults and children younger than 12 are $4. Tickets can be bought at the door the night of the performance for $1 more, but Davidson encouraged people to get them early.

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