If you weren't around for the early days of rock 'n' roll -- or if you were and miss them -- you're in luck.
The Staples Players' Summer Theatre this weekend will take audiences back 50 years with four performance of "Bye Bye Birdie," the Tony-Award-winning musical set in the early 1960s and featuring a character styled after a young Elvis Presley.
Performances are scheduled in Staples High School's mainstage theater Friday July 26, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 27, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 28, at 4 p.m.
"Bye Bye Birdie" won the Tony for best Broadway musical in 1960 and was made into a film in 1963 starring Ann Margret. The Staples Players cast includes current students and recent graduates from several area towns.
The play is set in Sweet Apple, Ohio, which is preparing for a visit by rock singer and teen heart throb Conrad Birdie, who has been drafted into the Army -- as Elvis was in 1958 -- and is heading off to basic training.
As a publicity stunt to promote Birdie's hit song "One Last Kiss," a 15-year-old Sweet Apple girl is picked to receive a "last kiss" from the singer before he enlists. The show features singing, dancing and the timeless subplots of teen crushes, teen angst and parents who just don't understand teenagers.
Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults, available at the door 30 minutes before showtime. Payment is by cash or check only.
Some of the roles have been double cast, and actors' performance schedules are available by visiting www.staplesplayers.com or calling 203-341-1310.
"BYE BYE BIRDIE"
WHAT: "Bye Bye Birdie," performed by the Staples Players' Summer Theatre.
WHERE: Staples High School mainstage theater, 70 North Ave.
WHEN: Friday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 27, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 28, at 4 p.m.
TICKETS: $10 for students, $15 for adults. Cash and checks only Available at the door 30 minutes before performances.