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Music and mayhem unite

Teens and adults hail Conrad Birdie and proclaim him an “All American Boy” as he arrives in Sweet Apple, Ohio during the Lincoln Theatre Guild’s production of “Bye, Bye Birdie.” Jenny Walling / LTN Photo

Sweet Apple, Ohio is brimming with controversy.
Teenagers fight with their parents.
Boyfriends struggle to keep their steadies.
A record agent battles his controlling mother.
But above all, pop star Conrad Birdie is coming.
The Lincoln Theatre Guild will bring the familiar songs and characters of the musical, “Bye, Bye Birdie” to the stage of the Lincoln Cultural Center June 17-19 and 25-27.
The Broadway musical is filled with music and choreography along with memorable characters such as Albert Peterson played by Cecil Smith, Rosie Alverez (Laura Hix), Kim MacAffee (Laura Estep) and of course, Conrad Birdie (Alex Owen).
In the show Conrad Birdie is to bestow “One Last Kiss” on Kim MacAffee before he’s off to serve his country in the Army. All of Sweet Apple buzzes with excitement.
Teens learn a little about growing up from the superstar, and Conrad’s agent Albert Peterson does some growing up of his own.
LTG Director Pete DeGregory has made a few changes to the stage classic. Rather than taking audiences back to the 1950s, the play has been changed to modern day. DeGregory feels updating the play has added a new spin to the show.
This high-energy show is still filled with familiar songs like “Kids” and “Put on a Happy Face.”

Ruth Cooney argues with Laura Hix Cecil Smith uncomfortably looks on. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo

Performances will be held June 17, 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 8 p.m. and June 27 at 3 p.m. During intermission there will be an “ice cream social.” Tickets are only $7 to $10 and are available in advance or at the door. Tickets will be buy one get one free on opening night.
Call 704-735-2281 for more information.
“Bye, Bye Birdie” is sponsored by Steele Rubber Products, Maiden Small Animal Hospital, Warlick Funeral Home, Lincoln Medical Center and Smile Architects.by Diane Turbyfill

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