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PR # 195 April 3, 2009


The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch will present Windwood Theatricals? staging of Bye Bye Birdie , Friday, May 1, at 8 p.m. The musical is the final selection in this year?s Merck Series , made possible by a generous grant from The Merck Company Foundation. Tickets cost $40 and $45.

When rock star and teenage heartthrob Conrad Birdie gets drafted, the nation?s teenagers go haywire and Conrad?s songwriter, Albert, faces unemployment. So, Albert and his girlfriend organize a nationwide contest in which one lucky girl wins a farewell kiss from Conrad on The Ed Sullivan Show . Kim McAfee turns out to be the lucky teenager and Conrad?s whole entourage moves into her quiet Midwestern home?much to the chagrin of her ever-irritable father and her jealous boyfriend. The result is chaos, a series of romantic complications and loads of fun. Plenty of laughs and great songs, including the parents? lament, ?What?s The Matter With Kids Today,?? have made this hit Broadway show one of the most memorable musicals of all time.

For the fifth year in a row, Courier News readers voted The Theatre at RVCC as the ?Best of the Best? in 2008 in the ?Playhouse/Theater? category.

This season The Theatre at RVCC is presenting the Major Artists Series ; the 17th annual Merck Series ; School-Time Performances , a series for teachers and students grades pre-K to 12; the Family Series , a series of events designed specially for families with older children; and the Sampler Series , a series of transformational events for children and their families. The current season also offers a new series, Tuesdays with Stories , which features great American literature performed by solo actors from The American Place Theatre.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org . Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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