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May 9, 2012

Reserve a seat for 'Bye, Bye Birdie'

DERRY — Youth actors will bring a popular musical to a Derry stage, complete with a rock-'n'-roll idol, small town antics, and plenty of music and dancing.

Kids Coop Theatre presents "Bye, Bye Birdie" on stage at the Adams Memorial Opera House on May 18 at 7 p.m., and May 19 at 1 and 7 p.m.

The story of rock-'n'-roll idol Conrad Birdie comes alive in the Kids Coop rendition of this fun show as Birdie travels to small town Ohio for his farewell performance before heading off to serve in the Army.

With many songs, fun dances and humorous lines, the musical takes its audience back to a time when poodle skirts, "The Ed Sullivan Show" and Elvis Presley were all the rage.

Conrad Birdie is played by John Rodgers of Derry, with the part of aspiring songwriter Albert Peterson played by Ben Villnave of Danville.

Albert is convinced he can make a fortune and convince his girlfriend Rosie, played by Londonderry student Stephanie Conti, to marry him if he can get Conrad on "The Ed Sullivan Show" to sing one of the songs he has written, and kiss a high school girl goodbye before he leaves for the Army.

Chantal Choiniere plays that lucky girl, Kim.

Kim's boyfriend Hugo, played by Ryan Reid, is not so happy as he causes a ruckus on live television.

This Kids Coop production features a cast of 41 local talented actors, ages 8 to 18.

The directorial team features director Maureen Mansfield, along with music director Debby Johnston and Laura Micklovich, choreographer.

"It's a fun show with a lot of action and a lot of humor," Kids Coop actor Brenna Morgan said. "It's definitely a must see."

Tickets are available online, at Darin's Music in Derry and at the door before each production.

Visit Kids Coop for information at kids-coop-theatre.org.

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