Members of the Marysville Area Community Theatre have spent the past five weeks preparing for their twenty-eighth summer musical, Bye Bye Birdie. With less then two weeks until the show is presented, the group is putting the final touches on the performance. The musical will be presented in the Marysville High School auditorium on July 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and on July 25 at 2:00 p.m.
As in previous years, all seats for the summer musical are reserved. “This has become a popular addition to the summer show,” said Barb Buck, the group’s treasurer. “In the past people would tell us that they would like to purchase tickets ahead of time so that they could just show up for the performance. They didn’t want to hassle with lines and they wanted to be assured that they would get a good seat. Selling advanced reserved tickets offers a nice benefit to our audience members.”
Ticket prices are $10.00 for adults, $9.00 for senior citizens and $5.00 for students.
Tickets for the production go on sale Monday, July 19, for the general public. Buck will be in the high school auditorium, 1111 Walnut Street, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. “At this point, people can go into the auditorium to choose their seats,” said Buck. “This gives audience members the opportunity to see where they’re going to sit.”
After that, tickets may be purchased at the Marysville Chamber of Commerce office from Tuesday, July 20, through Friday, July 23. The office is located at 101 North 10th Street, Marysville; office hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. “We’re fortunate to have the support of the Chamber,” said Buck. “This gives people a chance to purchase tickets throughout the week at a central location.” The Chamber’s phone number is 785-562-3101.
Tickets will also be sold at the door one hour prior to each performance. All seats are reserved.
“I would encourage people to purchase tickets ahead of time,” Buck said. “All seats are good, but an earlier purchase offers more opportunities to select the seats of their choice. In addition, people who purchase advanced tickets will have a separate entrance, thus avoiding congestion at the door.”
Bye Bye Birdie takes place in the late 1950s where teenagers from across the United States are going crazy for the handsome rock star, Conrad Birdie. Meanwhile, his manager, Albert Peterson, is going into debt because he has staked his financial future on Conrad’s success. Albert’s secretary, Rose, is increasingly frustrated with the time and money Albert is losing on his project.
Disaster strikes when Conrad receives a draft notice to join the military. Thus, Albert attempts to stage a farewell party for Conrad in which he is to kiss one lucky fan on the Ed Sullivan Show before he leaves for the army. Kim MacAfee, from Sweet Apple, Ohio, is the lucky girl chosen to be kissed. But conflict arises when her boyfriend, Hugo Peabody, gets jealous, and Rose becomes fed-up with the abusive treatment she receives from Albert’s mother. Eventually, things turn out alright. Kim and Hugo resolve their problems while Albert agrees to leave managing, become an English teacher, and marry Rose.
Familiar songs from the production include “Put On A Happy Face,” “A Lot Of Livin’ To Do,” and “How Lucky To Be A Woman.” The musical was written by Michael Stewart with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams.
For more information, contact Buck at 785-337-2562.