IOWA CITY — Regina High School’s drama department will present the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” in the Regina Elementary gymnasium Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 3, 4, 5 and 6. Performances start at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $8 per adult and $5 per senior citizen or student. Children ages 2 years old and younger are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Inspired by the real-life events surrounding Elvis Presley’s 1958 draft into the U.S. Army, “Bye Bye Birdie” tells the story of the conflicting jealousies that erupt when rock star Conrad Birdie is drafted. As a publicity stunt, Birdie agrees to sing his hit “One Last Kiss” and kiss a contest winner from a small Ohio town on the “Ed Sullivan Show” before his departure overseas. “Bye Bye Birdie” is an American classic and perennial favorite that was a Tony-award winning Broadway play, a 1963 film, and a 1995 television movie.
“Bye Bye Birdie” was written by Michael Stewart, with lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse. Angela Howard directs.
Regina is located at 2150 Rochester Ave., Iowa City. For more information, call (319) 338-5436.