Imagination Theatre of Germantown presents musical 'Bye Bye Birdie'

The cast of “Bye Bye Birdie” rehearses on Sunday, July 10. The musical’s opening is at 7 p.m. Friday, July 15.

The cast of “Bye Bye Birdie” rehearses on Sunday, July 10. The musical’s opening is at 7 p.m. Friday, July 15.

July 12, 2016

Village of Germantown —The Imagination Theatre of Germantown is putting on the musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie from July 15-24.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. July 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23, and 3 p.m. July 17 and 24. General admission tickets are $18 and $15 for students and seniors.

The musical will be held at Lutheran Church of the Living Christ, W156 N10660 Pilgrim Road, Germantown.

Heidi Salter, artistic director and co-founder of the theater decided to run this musical because she wanted to offer people live theater at a reasonable cost without driving to downtown Milwaukee.

"Everybody loves to see a comedy," Salter said. "It's fun sometimes to have a couple hours where you can lose yourself and not have to think about the craziness that's going on in the world."

The musical is both a love story and comedy that is centered on the character Conrad Birdie, an Elvis-type singer and performer who gets drafted into the army. His manager arranges a publicity stunt where Birdie will give a fan one last kiss before he leaves.

"They pick a girl in a small Midwestern town, and they upset the whole '50s American all-good environment in Ohio by bringing this rock star," Salter said.

Between set and costume design, auditioning, and rehearsing, the musical has been in the works for six months.

For more information on the musical and the Imagination Theatre of Germantown, visit www.imaginationtheatrewi.org.

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