Bye, Bye, Birdie
AUDITION DATES: Mon, April 9 @ 7pm,Oster Regent Theatre, Cedar Falls, IA. - 3rd floor Deery Room
director: Liane Nichols, musical director/conductor: Leonard Upham, choreographer: Christine Dornbusch
This 1961 Tony Award winner is a loving send-up of the 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll. BYE BYE BIRDIE remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts for teens, and a hilarious script, BIRDIE continues to thrill audiences around the world.
Hit songs include “Put on a Happy Face,” “One Last Kiss,” “One Boy,” “A Lot of Livin’ to Do,” “Kids!” and “Rosie.”
BYE BYE BIRDIE opened on Broadway, April 14, 1960 and played for 607 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre (later at the 54th Street and the Shubert Theatres) starring Chita Rivera and Dick Van Dyke as Rose and Albert. The show played for 268 performances in London at Her Majesty’s Theatre. It became a popular movie in 1963.
"The audience was beside itself with pleasure." NY Times
"... richly entertaining... a fresh and humorous musical." NY Post
"The funniest, most captivating and most expert musical comedy." NY News
Each person will need to:
VERY IMPORTANT BRING CALENDARS to NOTE CONFLICTS from mid April through June 17.
Wear comfortable clothing.
If you are unable to make these times, contact the director at 319-266-2376
readings will be from sides from the script. You may be asked to do a simple dance combination. Please prepare a song, an accompanist is provided.
• Albert Peterson: Conrad Birdie's manager, who formerly aspired to be an English teacher
• Rose "Rosie" Alvarez: Albert's secretary and long-suffering girlfriend
• Kim MacAfee: A teenage girl from Sweet Apple, who is chosen to receive the "one last kiss" from Conrad Birdie
• Conrad Birdie: A 1950s rock and roll star inspired by Elvis Presley
• Randolph MacAfee: Kim's well-behaved younger brother
• Mr. MacAfee: Kim and Randolph's befuddled and bad-tempered father
• Mrs. MacAfee: Kim and Randolph's mother
• Mae Peterson: Albert's overbearing, prejudiced mother
• Hugo Peabody: Kim's boyfriend or "steady", who is jealous of Conrad
• Ursula Merkle: Kim's hyperactive best friend, a Conrad Birdie enthusiast
• Gloria Rasputin: A curvaceous tap dancer who hopes to be Albert's new secretary, whom Mae brings to Albert, hoping he will choose her over Rosie
• Helen, Alice, Deborah Sue, Nancy, Penelope, Suzie, Margie: Sweet Apple teenagers who are friends of Kim's, and Conrad Birdie enthusiasts; they perform solos in "Telephone Hour"
• Harvey Johnson: A nerdy teenage boy who performs a few parts in "Telephone Hour"
• Fred and Karl: Sweet Apple teenagers plus other boys in the Teen Chorus
• Maude: Owner of Maude's Roadside Retreat, second tenor in male quartet, and member of the adult ensemble
• Mrs. Merkle: Ursula's mother
• Mr. Johnson: Harvey's father
• The Mayor: The mayor of Sweet Apple
• The Mayor's Wife (Edna): The repressed wife of the mayor; she comedically faints multiple times during Conrad Birdie's performance of "Honestly Sincere"
• Dishwasher/Bar Patrons: Three members of the quartet, with Maude; they perform solos in "Baby, Talk to Me"
• Citizens, Reporters, Policemen
June 8, 9, 10 & 15, 16, 17, 2018