The Norwalk High

School Music Department presents the feel-good musical "Bye Bye Birdie" through May 6.

"Bye Bye Birdie" revolves around rock 'n' roll superstar Conrad Birdie (loosely based on Elvis Presley), who, to the dismay of his adoring fans, is about to be drafted into the army.

Featuring a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Lee Adams, comic complications ensue when, as part of one last publicity stunt cooked up by his agent, Birdie promises to give

a good-bye kiss to one

lucky girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio, on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

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The upbeat score features "How Lovely To Be a Woman," "The Telephone Hour," "Put On A Happy Face," "A Lot of Livin' To Do" and "One Last Kiss."

Leading the students in the production are Susan Pettibone (director), Lois Benfield (assistant director), Chris Rivera (orchestra director), Bradford Blake (choreographer) and Lesley Neilson-Bowman (costume designer). There are more than 120 students involved on and off stage.

Some of the leading characters are Rosie (Emily Rybnick), Albert (Michael O'Callaghan), Conrad Birdie (Alex Libre), Mae Petersen (Saige Bryan), Kim MacAfee (Megan O'Callaghan), Hugo Peabody (Ryan Page), Harry MacAfee (Max Helfand), Doris MacAfee (Krystina Lyons) and Randolph MacAfee (Max Libre).

"Bye Bye Birdie" runs May 4, 5, 6. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee on May 6. Tickets for all shows are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.

Reservations can be made at www.norwalkhighmusicdept.com/ or by calling 203-838-4481, ext. 13377.