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Saucon Valley High School Saucon Valley High School "Bye Bye Birdie" cast, from left: Davis Weaver (Albert Peterson), Hannah Gaither (Rose "Rosie" Alvarez), Rachel Altemose (Kim MacAfee) and Brendan Weaver (Conrad Birdie).

High School Musicals: Saucon Valley High School

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

'Bye Bye Birdie'

Fans meet their idol in the rousing 1960's classic, "Bye Bye Birdie," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, 28, March 1 and 2 p.m. March 2, Auditorium, Saucon Valley High School, 2100 Polk Valley Road, Hellertown.

The musical comedy, directed by Vince Rostkowski, is based on rock 'n' roll star Elvis Presley's induction into the Army and the consternation that it caused teenagers across America.

The imminent departure of Conrad Birdie (Brendan Weaver) puts his agent, Albert Peterson (Davis Weaver) on the spot. They plan one last national TV broadcast to help fill the piggy bank before Conrad puts on his uniform. But things start to go haywire.

The cast includes Hannah Gaither (Rose "Rosie" Alvarez) and Rachel Altemose (Kim MacAfee).

The musical starring Dick Van Dyke opened on Broadway in April 1960 and received four Tony Awards: musical, actor (Van Dyke), director (Gower Champion) and choreographer (Champion). It became a 1963 movie, starring Janet Leigh, Ann Margret and Van Dyke.

The book is by Michael Stewart, with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams.

Songs include "Put on a Happy Face," "Kids," "One Last Kiss" and "How Lovely to be a Woman."

Tickets: 610-838-7001