Lambert theater to present ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

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SUWANEE, Ga. – The Acting Troupe of Lambert will have audience members putting on a happy face with their upcoming performance of the classic “Bye Bye Birdie” March 14 through March 22.

The story is set in the late 1950s and is inspired by Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army. When Conrad Birdie, an Elvis-like rock and roll star, is drafted, his agency devises a publicity stunt to have Conrad premiere one last song and to kiss a girl from his fan club on the “Ed Sullivan Show” prior to going overseas. Hilarity ensues as the small town of Sweet Apple, Ohio, welcomes the superstar and is thrust into the spotlight. This romantic comedy is sure to entertain the whole family with memorable songs such as “Put on a Happy Face,” “The Telephone Hour” and “One Last Kiss.”

Written by Michael Stewart, with lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse, Lambert’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie” is directed by Rebecca Houser, with Ryan Wason as music director and Jeney Wason as choreographer. This spring musical is the Acting Troupe of Lambert’s competition show for the Shuler Hensley Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards. Purchase tickets early for this classic romantic comedy that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

Tickets can be purchased online for a discount at www.atldrama.org. Price at the door is $10 for adults and $8 for students. Show times are 7 p.m. March 14, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 15 and 7 p.m. March 20, 21 and 22. “Bye Bye Birdie” will be performed on stage at the Lambert High School auditorium, 805 Nichols Road in Suwanee.

FH 03-12-14