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Say hello to Birdie

Amador Valley and Foothill high school students come together annual musical

Don't panic if high-pitched screams resonate from the Amador Theater over the next two weekends. Conrad Birdie just has that affect on the ladies.

After weeks of rehearsals, Amador Valley and Foothill high school students present "Bye, Bye Birdie" March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28.

The rock 'n' roll superstar causes a ruckus when he comes to small-town America as a publicity stunt to kiss a lucky girl on "The Ed Sullivan Show" before he is drafted into the Army.

Jovanna Ponco, a junior at Foothill, said the audience can expect a lively and colorful show that is full of energy.

This is the first year that Amador junior Courtney Freitas, who is in the ensemble, has participated in the musical.

"I love it," she said. "It's fun to combine both schools and even meet people I didn't know at Amador."

Michael O'Brien is in his fourth and final year of the musical production. The Amador senior plays a lead of Albert Peterson, Birdie's agent. All the experience has led him to pursue theater at Champan University in the fall.

Each show is at 7:30 p.m. at the Amador Theater, located at 1155 Santa Rita Road. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults, and often they sell out. Purchase them at the box office or online at www.civicartstickets.org.

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