High school to stage 'Bye Bye Birdie'

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Justin Rich, who plays Conrad Birdie in Estacada High School's production of 'Bye Bye Birdie' practices his Elvis swagger.“Bye Bye Birdie” rehearsals are in full swing at Estacada High School, featuring everything you would come to expect from the hit Broadway Musical — swooning girls, Elvis moves and spirited musical numbers.

“The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957,” said drama teacher Steve by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - The cast of 'Bye Bye Birdie' practice their moves. The show will be performed 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday,  Nov. 21-23.Christensen, who is directing the show.

Senior Justin Rich plays the handsome rock star, Conrad Birdie.

Rich said he's been preparing for the role by watching Elvis videos on YouTube.

“His hips!” Rich said when asked what character traits he'll be borrowing from the king of rock 'n' roll.

Rich is (reluctantly, according to Christensen) growing out his hair for the famous Elvis bouffant for the role.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Freshman Madison Newsome and senior Justin Rich rehearse a scene.Senior Sam Strobel plays the rock star's long-suffering manager, and Senior Emily Frunk plays his concerned secretary.

When the rock star is drafted into the military, his management team attempts to put a positive spin on the situation by staging a farewell party in which the rock star will kiss one lucky fan (freshman Madison Newsome) on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Comic musical high-jinks ensue.

Why should you come seem the show?

“Because it's super cool,” Strobel said.

“Because Justin almost has to kiss a freshman!” someone adds before the lead actors collapse in laughter.

“Bye Bye Birdie” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 21-23, in the Estacada Auditorium.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens and $4 for children under 12.

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