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Day 50: Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy – Bye Bye Birdie

Day 50 of 365…

We love you Conrad, oh yes we do. We love you Conrad, and we’ll be true…

That’s right, Bye Bye Birdie will be coming to Fort Vancouver High School THIS Friday April 9th by the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy. If you’re not familiar with Bye Bye Birdie here is a short bio from MPAA’s website:

This 1950’s musical comedy tells the story of rock and roll star, Conrad Birdie who is about to be inducted into the army. Before he goes, he will kiss goodbye one girl chosen at random from all of his fans. This kiss will turn the lives of the townspeople of Sweet Apple, Ohio upside down. Crazy, obsessive teenaged girls, cookie-cutter families and amazing musical numbers make Bye Bye Birdie a production you won’t soon forget

Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy Bye Bye BirdieI snuck in to rehearsal tonight for a few minutes (thank you Noah!) to check this production out and they were having a ton of fun which will translate to a fun community theater experience for us. If you’re not familiar with the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy it’s probably because they are newer here in Vancouver. MPAA was started in September of last year and is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 that offers the community a complete well-rounded education in Acting, Singing, Dance, Musical Theatre, Music and Art. They offer classes and theater experience from age 3 all the way to adults. Head to their site to see all the classes, workshops, performing groups and shows they offer. I had an opportunity to speak with a friend of mine tonight at their rehearsal and she said both her kids have loved the instruction they’ve gotten from Metro and are thoroughly enjoying participating in Bye Bye Birdie.

Community support is most critical for community theater productions. The show opens this Friday the 9th at Fort Vancouver High School. Show times are:
* Friday, April 9th at 7:30pm
* Saturday, April 10th at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
* Friday, April 16th at 6:30pm
* Saturday, April 17th at 2:00 PM & 7:30pm

If you’d like to order tickets you may do so on their site or just click right here. You might also like to fan them up on Facebook. Please check them out and support our local theater arts.

(This video includes a short tidbit from the rehearsal. Remember, this was filmed with my iPhone so it’s not a professional camera and the sound is not as if you’re in the theater.)

4 thoughts on “Day 50: Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy – Bye Bye Birdie”

  1. Amie says:

    Yay Dale!! Thank so much for including Metro and Bye Bye Birdie in your "365 things to do in Vancouver". It's a great opportunity for the entire community to get behind the arts in The Couve.

    1. DaleChumbley says:

      Thanks Amie! Having grown up in Vancouver and having been a part of Peanut Gallery Theater Company most of my teen years I love seeing a new theater company in town. Looking forward to this and many more productions.

  2. Gahlord Dewald says:

    Rock. When I was a kid I was in this for a summer production. The part I played was oddly predictive of my future.

    1. DaleChumbley says:

      Hmmm… Guessing you weren't Conrad. 😉

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