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April 5-15: 'Bye Bye Birdie' Concludes Theatre and Dance Mainstage Season

Play will be staged in the Ted Paul Theatre.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 3-28-2018

In the photo, Conrad Birdie (Billy Gleason) is a rock & roll idol, and 15-year-old Kim McAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio, (Megan Fischer) is the girl who wins a kiss from him.

MANKATO – It’s a show as wholesome and American as apple pie, as the saying goes.

The fun and light-hearted musical “Bye Bye Birdie” will end the 2017-18 Mainstage season of Minnesota State University, Mankato Theatre and Dance. The show opens Thursday, April 5 in the Ted Paul Theatre.

About the show: It is 1960, and a chorus of young girls energetically sings the praises of rock & roll idol Conrad Birdie. At Almelou Music Corp. in New York, Conrad’s managers, Albert Peterson and Rosie Alvarez (who’ve been dating for years), learn that their client has been inducted into the Army. Though she’d prefer that Albert settle down and become “An English Teacher,” Rosie concocts a plan: As a publicity stunt, Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with a public farewell kiss.

“Bye Bye Birdie,” co-sponsored by Community Bank, Jones & Magnus and Tailwind Group, runs 7:30 p.m. April 5-7 and April 12-14; and 2 p.m. April 14 and 15 in the Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Tickets are $22 regular; $19 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $15 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

Visit the Box Office in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center 4-6 p.m. weekdays or call 507-389-6661.

Contact Amanda Dyslin at 507-389-6663, or for more information.

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