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Warner Robins High School to stage 'Bye Bye Birdie'

Warner Robins High School will present the classic “Bye Bye Birdie” for its spring musical production.

Set in the 1950s, “Bye Bye Birdie” is set in Sweet Apple, Ohio, where the nation’s most popular singer and heartthrob, Conrad Birdie, has arrived to give his biggest fan a last kiss before joining the Army. The story was originally inspired by Elvis Presley, his draft notice and induction into the Army in 1957.

“Bye Bye Birdie” won several Tony awards including Best Musical when it was first produced on Broadway in the 1960s. There has been a sequel, a movie and a TV show.

“We just wanted to do something that the whole family could enjoy. It is still really relatable. They are still fan-girls so it appeals to teenagers and parents who might have seen the movie with Ann-Margaret,” said Nicholas Sostillio, Warner Robins High School drama director.

The cast has 55 students with an additional 10 in the crew.

Callie Bruce has the lead role of Kim MacAfee as well as the job of student director. Callie plans on studying theater education after she graduates this year, and Sostillio wanted to give her the opportunity to direct.

Other students in lead roles include Christopher-Robin Millican as Albert Peterson, Kira Bowden as Rose Alvarez, Victor Johnson as Mr. MacAfee and Luke Senter as Conrad Birdie.

For a number of students, the show marks their last production at Warner Robins High School before graduation.

Seniors involved in the show other than those in lead roles are Gabby Irvin, Paige Brudnicki, Jensen Taso and Josh Spalding.

“Bye Bye Birdie” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are on sale now at wrhstickets.com or in the school office. Prices are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

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