Teen spirit infuses "Bye Bye Birdie" at the Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park. That's as it should be in this 1960s musical revolving around an Army-bound rock 'n' roll idol and his swooning fans.
A well-trained teen ensemble and theater professionals are pluses in this Golden Performing Arts Center production, mitigating its community theater vibe. In the Charles Strouse-Lee Adams-Michael Stewart spoof of Ed Sullivan, Elvis-mania and screaming bobby-sox fandom, the relationship between mama's boy Albert (a pleasantly flustered Mishi Schueller) and Albert's secretary and long-suffering fiancee Rosie (sparkling Jaclyn Miller) propels the plot.
Albert -- teen idol Conrad Birdie's manager -- needs to exploit the star's draft into the military for promotional purposes; Rosie, hoping to hasten their wedding day, comes up with a gimmick: The leather-jacketed, pelvis-thrusting, hair-obsessed Conrad (able Robert Petrarca) will bestow his "Last Kiss" as a civilian on a fan in small-town Ohio. A media circus and teen hysteria ensue, and complications arise for Kim (Lindsay O'Neil), the 15-year-old recipient of the kiss.
Accompanied by a live orchestra under conductor and pianist Lloyd Cooper and crisply led by director Kevin P. Kern, choreographer Joe Joyce and musical director Paul Taylor, the cast performs with varying degrees of expertise, a pastiche of pros and aspiring talent.