2014 - 2015 Season

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Harrell Performing Arts Theatre
440 West Powell Road  
Collierville, TN  38017
901.457.2780
 

New Day Children's Theatre

presents

School House Rock Live!

April 25 - 27, 2014

Friday and Saturday at 7 pm; Sunday at 2 pm
School Matinee April 24th
All performances at The Harrell Theatre
All Seats - $10

Tickets available at http://newdaytheatre.org/box-office-store or at the door.

 
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Bye Bye Birdie

 

Book by Michael Stewart
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Originally Produced by Edward Padula

 

 

Play Dates:

June 20 - 29, 2014

 

Produced by The Collierville Arts Council

 
Director - Keith Salter
Music Director - Dennis Whitehead
Choreographer - Emma Crystal
 
Presented by special arrangement with Tams-Whitmark Music Library
 
 
 
BYE BYE BIRDIE is one of the most captivating musical shows of our time.  It tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army.  The singer, Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley type, has a pompadour, thick sideburns, and wears gaudy gold costumes.  Albert Peterson, his agent, is a very pleasant mild mannered young man. Albert's faithful secretary Rose Alvarez keeps him and Birdie moving forward in the world. Rosie concocts one final national publicity plan before Conrad's induction.

Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with an all-American kiss. Kim MacAfee in Sweet Apple, Ohio wins the honor.  All of the phones in her town are already busy during The Telephone Hour as Kim has just been pinned to Hugo, a local boy.  She is a pretty fifteen year old.

The arrival of Birdie in Sweet Apple causes people of all ages to swoon.  Birdie says that his success is due to the fact that he is Honestly Sincere when he sings, and the quiet little town goes into a spin.  The MacAfee household is completely upset by the visiting celebrity.  It is decided that Birdie will give his One Last Kiss on the Ed Sullivan show. Kim's father who laments the whole uproar, tries to break into the act and behaves like a ham on the TV show.  Hymn for a Sunday Evening is a salute to the greater glory of Ed Sullivan.
 
Birdie becomes disgusted with his life and goes out on the town with the teenagers.  He feels tense with Albert and is tired of being supervised.  The parents of Sweet Apple cannot understand the new generation.  Rosie, still waiting for that band of gold from Albert after eight years, invades a Shriners' meeting.  An extremely hilarious ballet ensues.  She then decides to become the Latin American spitfire that she is painted as, by Albert's lead-footed catastrophe-ridden mother.  She is determined to become Spanish Rose.  Kim is reunited with Hugo, and Rose with Albert in the lovely number Rosie.  Other hit numbers include A Lot of Livin' to Do and Put on a Happy Face.

BYE BYE BIRDIE is a satire done with the fondest affection. It gives an insight into the everyday life that is very much part of us all. It is the tops in imagination and frivolity; a show that will be enjoyed by the cast as much as the audience.

 

Tickets:
$20.00 (Adults)
$15.00 (Childrens, Students & Military with ID, and Seniors)
 
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.harrelltheatre.org.
 

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Performance dates and titles are subject to change pending rights. 

Ticket prices are also subject to change.
For more information, call the Harrell Theatre office at 901.457.2780.

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