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'Birdie' at the Old Gem Theater

Cast members include (back row, from left): Elva Crist, Amelia Blasing, Faith Lindahl, Brayden Curtis, Stella Mottl, Lindsey Marek, Kaden Walthal, Madelyn Evans and Conner Boorman; (middle row) Bella Baillargeon, Sidnie Roshell, Annika Olinski, Soley Crist, Katelyn Doehrmann, Sophia Powell and Carmen Schwalen; (front row) Elise Marek and Abigail Fall. Photo courtesy of Old Gem Theater

As the culmination of the Old Gem's second 2017 Summer Theater Camp session, the Young Performers Ensemble will present an abridged "Bye Bye Birdie."

The Old Gem's second summer session focused on musical theater and this abridged version of "Bye Bye Birdie" provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the students' singing and dancing.

Life in a small, early 1960s era Ohio town is upset when teen idol, Conrad Birdie, is called up for the draft and he comes to town to deliver "one last kiss" to the lucky president of his fan club as a publicity stunt.

The all-student cast features: Carmen Schwalen and Sidnie Roshell of Roberts; Faith Lindahl and Annika Olinski of Somerset; Elise Marek and Lindsey Marek of Stillwater; Sophia Powell, Katelyn Doehrmann, Madelyn Evans, Conner Boorman, Elva Crist, Soley Crist, Bella Baillargeon, Amelia Blasing, Kaden Walthal, Brayden Curtis, Abigail Fall and Stella Mottl of New Richmond.

"Bye Bye Birdie" plays at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 and at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

Call 715-246-3285 or 800-886-8035 for ticket reservations or more information. For upcoming attractions and information about classes visit www.oldgemtheater.com.

The Old Gem is located at 116 S. Knowles Ave., New Richmond, and is handicapped accessible.

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