KISMET ARTS STUDIO & THEATRE
A loving send-up of the 1950s, 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.
Winner! Four 1961 Tony Awards, including Best Musical
Nominee: Eight 1961 Tony Awards
Winner! 1961 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical
Winner! 1996 Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Music & Lyrics
Rehearsals: June 29th - July 29th from 6pm - 10pm
Performances: July 30 - August 2 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm and Saturday & Sunday @ 2pm)
Auditions: February 29th from 2:00pm - 8:00pm (Ages 8 and up. Accompanist will be provided.)
Callbacks: March 1st starting at 2:00pm (These will also include a dance callback for some.)
Where: Special Care, 12201 N Western (enter North door)
What to Bring: Prepare two contrasting 16 bar cuts from songs in the style of the show. Bring headshot and resume.
Director: Angela Polk
Music Director: Laura Himes
Choreographer: Danielle Shipley
Stage Manager: Kristin Stang
Albert Peterson (Baritenor/Baritone, 28-40) – A 33-year-old high-strung man who is the President of Almaelou Music Corporation and the agent of rock-and-roll superstar Conrad Birdie. Anxious and easily manipulated by his mother. Strong singer with great comic timing. Experience with dancing, a plus.
Rose Alvarez (Mezzo, 25-40, Seeking Ethnicity) – Albert’s highly intelligent and underappreciated girlfriend. The target of constant attacks by Albert’s mother. Confident, vivacious, fiery and patient. A terrific dancer and singer. Experience with dancing, a plus.
Conrad Birdie (Baritenor/Baritone, 18-29) – An Elvis Presley type, over-the-top rock star and teen heartthrob who was recently drafted into the military. Tons of personality and charm. Must be a terrific singer and dancer.
Kim MacAfee (Soprano, 14-24 to play 15) – A pretty and kind All-American girl. President of the Conrad Birdie Fan Club. Must be a great singer and dancer.
Mr. Harry MacAfee (Tenor, 30-55) – An old fashioned, grumpy guy who believes he’s in control of his family, but isn’t. The father of Kim and Randolph. Strong singer.
Mrs. Doris MacAfee (Alto, 30-55) – A steady, kind, and knowing “50s mom.” The mother of Kim and Randolph. Strong singer.
Randolph MacAfee (Tenor, 8-14 to play 10) – Kim’s adorable younger brother. An All-American kid. Strong singer.
Hugo Peabody (Baritenor/Baritone, 14-24 to play 15) – Kim’s deeply devoted and steady boyfriend, an All-American boy, who becomes struck with jealousy when Conrad comes to town. Strong singer.
Ursula Merkle (Mezzo, 14-24 to play 15) – A loud, wild and hyper-enthusiastic fan of Conrad Birdie. Kim’s best friend. Strong singer and dancer.
Mrs. Mae Peterson (Alto, 50-69) – Albert’s nagging and controlling mother. She worships him but won’t let him make his own decisions. Must have good comedic timing.
All Adults below also double in the ensemble.
Gloria Rasputin (Soprano, 25-39) – An ambitious, bombshell, secretary – Mae’s choice to replace Rosie. Larger than life with excellent dancing abilities. Also doubles in the ensemble.
Mayor (28–69) – The Mayor of Sweet Apple, Ohio. Outspoken and pompous. Also doubles in the ensemble.
Mayor’s Wife (28–69) – A soft-spoken politician’s wife, who is changed when she cannot resist the charms of Conrad Birdie. Also doubles in the ensemble.
Mrs. Merkle (28–49) – Ursula’s overbearing and excitable mother. Also doubles in the ensemble. Mr.
Johnson (28–49) – Harvey Johnson’s concerned father. Also doubles in the ensemble.
All kids will perform in multiple large production numbers and must sing and dance well.
Deborah Sue (10-16 to play 13) – Bubbly and fun. Ursula’s sister.
Margie (14-24 to play 15) – Shy, but has a hidden agenda.
Alice (14-24 to play 15) – Sweet Apple teenager and Mayor’s daughter.
Helen (14-24 to play 15) – A member of the Conrad Birdie fan club.
Nancy (14-24 to play 15) – A member of the Conrad Birdie fan club.
Penelope (14-24 to play 15) – A member of the Conrad Birdie fan club.
Suzie (14-24 to play 15) – A member of the Conrad Birdie fan club.
Harvey Johnson (14-24 to play 15) – Loveable nerd. Character voice welcome.
Karl (14-24 to play 15) – A Sweet Apple resident who becomes excited about Conrad.
Freddie (14-24 to play 15) – A Sweet Apple resident
who becomes excited about Conrad.
Sad Girl 1 (8-12) – A distraught Conrad Birdie fan. Adorable.
Sad Girl 2 (8-12) – A distraught Conrad Birdie fan. Adorable.
Teen Ensemble will consist of additional girls and boys to play 13-16 years old. All should be excellent dancers.
Adult Ensemble will consist of men and women ages 20 - 65 to play many featured roles including policemen, reporters, travelers, Sweet Apple residents and others.