LITTLETON, MA: Flash back to the early 1960s and spend some time with Littleton High School Drama as they visit mid-Century Ohio in the classic musical “Bye Bye Birdie!” Performances run April 7 and 8 at 7:30pm; April 9 at 3:00pm, in the Littleton Performing Arts Center at 56 King Street. Tickets are $14 reserved; $12 general admission, available at the door or through MKTIX.com.
Sponsored by ArtsNashoba, LHS Drama’s final dress rehearsal on April 6 at 7:00pm is an Autism/Special Needs-friendly performance. It is specifically adapted for this special population, their families, their educators and caregivers. Performances are designed and intended for those who are on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory issues. At this performance, the theater environment will be altered, providing a safe, sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all. Reservations for this show must be authorized by ArtsNashoba’s AF Coordinator, Bonnie Marchesani by calling (978) 842-1255, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conrad Birdie, the biggest rock and roll star of the 60s, has been drafted! Aspiring songwriter Albert Peterson is convinced he can make his fortune and marry his girlfriend (and secretary) Rosie if they get Conrad on the Ed Sullivan show. All he has to do is give a girl one last kiss goodbye before he joins the ranks. Easy – in theory. Of course, Albert’s mother will do anything to break Albert and Rosie up. Mr. MacAfee wants NOTHING to do with young delinquent rock stars. Add in Sweet Apple, Ohio high-school steadies Kim and Hugo, a plethora of star struck teens and one very angry Father, and hilarity ensues!
A musical inspired by the phenomenon of Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army, “Bye Bye Birdie” is composed by Charles Strouse (“Annie,” “Rags,” “Applause”), with lyrics by Lee Adams and libretto by Michael Stewart. It is a very family-friendly show with music that will have you tapping your toes throughout.
Featuring nearly 50 students from Littleton High School and Littleton Middle School, “Bye Bye Birdie!” runs April 7 and 8 at 7:30pm; April 9 at 3:00pm, in the Littleton Performing Arts Center at 56 King Street. Tickets are $14 reserved; $12 general admission, available at the door or through MKTIX.com.