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Porthouse Closes 42nd Season with "Bye Bye Birdie"

Posted Jul. 8, 2010

Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, ends the 2010 summer season with Bye Bye Birdie. “We close our 42nd season in true Porthouse Theatre fashion, with yet another splashy, fun musical,” says Terri Kent, director of the show, and artistic director of the theatre. Bye Bye Birdie will run July 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Aug. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 at 8 pm and July 25 and Aug. 1 at 2 pm. The book is by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, music by Charles Strouse and this production was originally produced by Edward Padula. This 50’s-inspired musical is about rock 'n' roll heartthrob Conrad Birdie (loosely based on Elvis Presley) who, much to the dismay of his adoring fans, is about to be drafted into the Army. As part of one last publicity stunt cooked up by his agent, he promises to give a good-bye kiss to one lucky girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio, on "The Ed Sullivan Show." 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.

Dan Grgic, a Kent State alum of the musical theatre program stars in BYE BYE BIRDIE.Dan Grgic, pictured on the right, is a Kent State alum of the musical theatre program (of which Terri Kent is the program director) and stars as the heart throb Conrad Birdie. He headed to the Big Apple and has an impressive list of accomplishments since graduating in 2009. His biggest is landing a part in the national touring production of Cabaret as Max the bartender and won the understudy part for the lead role of Master of Ceremonies. At Kent State, Grgic played Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre: The Musical and was Tuzenbach in Three Sisters, just to name a few.

The cast includes Nick Koesters (Albert Peterson), Sandra Emerick (Rose Alvarez), Lissy Gulick (Mae Peterson), Marc Moritz (Mr. MacAfee), Katherine Burke (Mrs. MacAfee) and Cassie Rae (Kim MacAfee), plus many more to make up the 27-member cast.

The box office is open weekdays 11 am – 5 pm and Saturdays Noon to 5 pm. They accept personal checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Special rates for groups of 20 or more are available, as are student rates. Call 330-672-3884 or visit for details. Single tickets, ranging from $25 - $33 for Adults and Seniors and $17 - $20 for Students. The box office is located in the Music and Speech Center on the corner of Main Street and Horning Drive at 1325 Theatre Drive at Kent State University in Kent. For more information visit


For more information, contact:

Effie A. Tsengas, PR/Marketing Director
Porthouse Theatre
330-672-8398 or

**Attention Photo Editors: Photos of Bye Bye Birdie will be available after July 13th. Contact Effie Tsengas.**

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