April 5th through 9th, join the talented students of Holy Savior Menard High School’s theatre department and director Cherise Rino for their production of the award-winning Broadway musical, Bye Bye Birdie! There will be five performances, including showings Wednesday through Saturday at 7 PM and a Sunday matinee at 2 PM. All shows are performed at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center in downtown Alexandria’s Cultural Arts District.
Conrad Birdie, arguably the biggest rock and roll superstar in the world, has just been drafted, which brings his legion of teen-aged female fans marching in the streets in protest. One other person not happy about Birdie being drafted is struggling songwriter Albert F. Peterson, a mama's boy of a man who was finally going to hit the big time when one of his songs was to be featured in a Birdie movie. Rosie DeLeon, Albert's long suffering secretary and fiancée of six years, pitches an idea to Ed Sullivan: have Birdie appear on his television program, The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) kissing one of his fans as a symbolic goodbye to all his fans, while he sings a yet to be written song by Albert to be called "One Last Kiss". Sullivan buys the idea. Rosie is hoping that this move will bring financial security to Albert, who will then be able to support his mama, ex-vaudevillian Mae Peterson who wanted Albert to go into show business instead of his want to become a bio-chemist, and marry her