Announcing Bye Bye Birdie Auditions!

Jan 21, 2018

Bye Bye Birdie!

Audition Dates

  • Wednesday, January 24th: 6:30 - 9:00pm
  • Saturday, January 27th: 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Thursday, February 1st: 6:30 - 9:00pm
  • Saturday, February 3rd: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Bradford Little Theatre is holding open auditions for their upcoming production of the beloved musical comedy “Bye, Bye Birdie.” The show which was written by Michael Stewart features music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams. It won four Tony awards, including Best Musical.

BLT’s production will be co-directed by Dani Newman and David Merwine with music direction by Shane Oschman.

Auditions are scheduled for Wednesday, January 24 6:30pm-9pm; Saturday, January 27 10am - 1pm; Thursday, February 1 6:30pm-9pm; and Saturday, February 3 10am-1pm. All auditions will be held at Togi’s Playhouse, 18 Welch Ave, Bradford. The show will be held April 13-15 at BAHS auditorium.

Rock star Conrad Birdie is the biggest thing to top the charts. Women love him, men want to be him, and teenage girls scream at the mere mention of his name. But when the United States Army drafts Birdie, manager Albert Peterson and his longtime love Rose Alvarez hatch a plan: send Conrad to small-town America to plant a goodbye kiss on one lucky fan to be televised on live TV. Their selection of Kim MacAfee sends wholesome Sweet Apple, Ohio, into chaos. Kim’s boyfriend, Hugo, can’t take the humiliation, Rose can’t take another minute of Albert’s devotion to the music business, and Sweet Apple can’t take its teens’ riotous “Rock-n-Roll” rebellion. Will Sweet Apple ever be the same?

“Bye Bye Birdie is a family show through and through,” Newman said. “Colorful, cute, and sweet, this classic includes some of the most famous songs in musical theater, including ‘Put On a Happy Face,’ ‘Kids’ and the lively number ‘A Lot of Livin’ to Do.’”

“It’s important that we don’t lose the history of some of the older shows. ‘Bye, Bye Birdie’ is filled with fun music for adults and teenagers alike. It has a 50’s/60’s style which, musically, is well accepted and appreciated by most of the population. This show has wit, charm and a ton of great music,” Oschman said. “I’m excited to help bring this score to life in Bradford.”

At the auditions, participants will be asked to read lines and sing a short vocal selection. If auditioning for a singing role, please come with a prepared number of your choosing on a media device. If auditioning for a specific principal character, please also prepare a musical number sung by that character. Please wear comfortable clothing, as you will be asked to learn a small dance routine.

All persons wishing to audition must be at least 14 years old, unless auditioning for the role of Randolph which is open to boys age 10 and older.

“We have male and female lead roles, supporting and featured roles for adults and teens. There are spoken-only roles, dancing-only roles, comic roles, ensemble chorus roles that don’t require dancing, and more. If you don’t have time to rehearse more than once a week until close to show, we can still use you!” Merwine said.


Synopsis

Compliments of Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.

BYE BYE BIRDIE is one of the most captivating musical shows of our time. It tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. The singer, Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley type, has a pompadour and thick sideburns; he wears gaudy gold costumes and speaks in a rugged voice. Albert Peterson, his agent, is a very pleasant mild mannered young man. Albert’s faithful secretary Rose Alvarez keeps him and Birdie moving forward in the world. Rosie concocts one final national publicity plan before Conrad’s induction. Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with an all-American kiss. Kim MacAfee in Sweet Apple, Ohio wins the honor. All of the phones in her town are already busy during The Telephone Hour as Kim has just been pinned to Hugo, a local boy. She is a pretty girl of fifteen and sings with springlike ardor How Lovely to Be a Woman, as she pulls on the plaid woolen socks and the baggy mustard colored sweater considered stylish and popular among young ladies. The arrival of Birdie in Sweet Apple causes people of all ages to swoon. Birdie says that his success is due to the fact that he is Honestly Sincere when he sings, and the quiet little town goes into a spin. The MacAfee household is completely upset by the visiting celebrity. It is decided that Birdie will give his One Last Kiss on the Ed Sullivan show. Kim’s father who laments the whole uproar, tries to break into the act and behaves like a ham on the TV show. Hymn for a Sunday Evening is a salute to the greater glory of Ed Sullivan. Birdie becomes disgusted with his life and goes out on the town with the teenagers. He feels tense with Albert and is tired of being supervised. The parents of Sweet Apple cannot understand the new generation and express this in Kids. Rosie, still waiting for that band of gold from Albert after eight years, invades a Shriners’ meeting. An extremely hilarious ballet ensues. She then decides to become the Latin American spitfire that she is painted as, by Albert’s lead-footed catastrophe-ridden mother. She is determined to become Spanish Rose. Kim is reunited with Hugo, and Rose with Albert in the lovely number Rosie. Other hit numbers include A Lot of Livin’ to Do and Put on a Happy Face. BYE BYE BIRDIE is a satire done with the fondest affection. It gives an insight into the everyday life that is very much part of us all. It is the tops in imagination and frivolity; a show that will be enjoyed by the cast as much as the audience.

Cast List

Principal Parts

Singing/Dancing/Acting

  • Albert Peterson
  • Rose Alvarez
  • Ursula Merkle
  • Kim MacAfee
  • Randolph MacAfee
  • Doris MacAfee
  • Harry MacAfee
  • Conrad Birdie

Principal Parts

Comedic Acting

  • Hugo Peabody
  • Mrs. Mae Peterson

Non-Principal Parts

Singing/Dancing

  • Teen chorus
  • Gloria Rasputin
  • Mayor
  • Mayor’s wife (Edna)
  • Mrs. Merkle
  • Mr. Johnson
  • Sweet Apple Shriners
  • Guitar man

Other Parts

Speaking/Non-Speaking/Chorus

  • Approximately 10 men, all ages
  • Approximately 10 women, all ages

Character Descriptions

  • Albert Peterson: (Tenor - in his early 30’s) He’s the stories central character. What, you thought it was Birdie? Nope. He’s the nervous andhigh-strung president of Almalou Records. The actor who seeks to fill this role must be a strong vocalist, but he also serves to carry the show’smain action. As such, he must be spot-on in comedic timing. It’s a great role.

  • Rose Alvarez: (Alto - 25-35 years old) She really puts up with a lot through the course of the show. Rose is Al’s secretary but dreams of the daywhen she can adjust his title from “employer” to “hubby.” That was always their plan, but time seems to have slipped away. Despite his oft selfishand callous treatment of Rose, and his mother’s nagging and ridicule, she continues to support him. But every woman has her breaking point. Therole of Rose requires a woman who can display a truly strong spirit and a spicy personality, strong vocals and dance skills.

  • Conrad Birdie: (Baritone - 20-35 years old) He’s kind of a undesirable sorta’ fellow, rude, arrogant and rumored to have a drinking problem. He’sa stereotypical rock star. This is, essentially, the iconic role of the show. He commands a heavy swath of vocals. The character is loosely basedon Elvis.

  • Kim MacAfee: (Soprano - 15-16 years old) She’s the president of Sweet Apple’s Conrad Birdie Fan Club. Through random chance, she is selected todelivery Conrad Birdie his final kiss goodbye before leaving to join the army. Kim needs to come across as a typical all-American teenage girl ofthe 1950’s. She’s convinced that she’s already reached adulthood, and enjoys all the marvelous perks that come along with being a woman. This rolerequires strong vocals and dancing.

  • Mrs. Mae Peterson: (Alto - 50-70 years old) A wonderful character role. Her vocal requirements are a very minor consideration. She is thestereotypical nagging mother. Every scene in which she appears presents Mae unabashedly working to guilt trip her poor son. She’s a wonderfulcharacter who commands volumes of laughter in the audience.

  • Mr. Harry MacAfee: (Tenor - in his 40’s) He is Kim’s father and a great source of comedy in the production. The actor needs to be able to nailthe comedy and the vocals for the role.

  • Mrs. Doris MacAfee: (Alto - late 30’s or early 40’s) She Kim’s mother and a great lead female role. She is experiencing what every mother with ateenager daughter has to deal with - drama.

  • Hugo Peabody: (Speaking Role - 16-17 years old) A great role if you’re not the strongest vocalist. Hugo is Kim’s understandably frustratedboyfriend. He has solid stage time and enjoys command of a couple of humorous moments. Think the prototypical teenage boy, circa 1950’s.

  • Ursula Merkle: (Mezzo - 15 years old) She’s a very excitable and hyper. She is a supporting character, but she has some wonderful moments. She’sKim’s number-one confidant. Always looking out for her best friend’s interests, Ursula offers wise council to Kim in times of need. She’s a littlequirky, high-energy, and busting with vitality.

  • Randolph MacAfee: (Tenor - 10-14 years old) Kim’s younger brother, Randolph is overlooked a bit in the family, and when he is acknowledged, hereally isn’t given much respect at all. Randolph isn’t shy, but he is certainly the subordinate within the family.

  • Mayor: (Adult Chorus, variable range - age can vary) He’s the mayor of the good town of Sweet Apple, Ohio.

  • Edna: (Adult Chorus, variable range) She’s the mayor’s wife.

  • Alice: (Teenage Chorus, Mezzo) She’s the mayor’s daughter.

  • Margie: (Teenage Chorus, Mezzo) A teenage girl hailing from Sweet Apple and friend to Kim.

  • Harvey Johnson: (Teenage Chorus, Tenor) He’s just an average teenage kid in our fair town.

  • Nancy: (Teenage Chorus, variable range) She’s yet another teenage girl from Sweet Apple.

  • Helen: (Teenage Chorus, variable ranges): She’s another teenage girl from Sweet Apple.

  • Ed Sullivan: (spoken role) Not seen onstage but you have to sound the part.

  • Charles F. Maude: (Adult Chorus, Tenor) He’s the hearty proprietor of Maude’s Roadside Retreat. Decent guy.

  • Maude’s Dishwasher: (Adult Chorus, Tenor) He washes dishes for a living, but he’s also a member of our male quartet!

  • Maude’s First Customer: (Adult Chorus, Baritone) He’s also a member of the male quartet.

  • Maude’s Second Customer: (Adult Chorus, Tenor) He’s with the quartet group too.

  • Gloria Rasputin: (Soprano) She’s Mrs. Peterson’s choice to replace Rosie. Not exactly what one might expect as the embodiment of the ideal administrative assistant, Gloria is a forceful, broad woman with true gusto. She is a tap dancer.

  • Penelope Ann: (Teenage Chorus, variable ranges) She is a teenage girl.

  • Mr. Johnson: (Adult Chorus, variable ranges)

  • Deborah Sue: (Teenage Chorus, variable range)

  • Mrs. Merkle: (Soprano - in her early 40’s): She’s Ursala’s mother.

  • Fred (Teenage Chorus, variable range): He’s a teenage boy from Sweet Apple.

  • Suzie (Teenage Chorus, variable range): She’s a teenage girl from Sweet Apple.

  • 1st Reporter: (speaking role)

  • 2nd Reporter: (nonspeaking role)

  • 3rd Reporter: (speaking role)

  • Carl (Teenage Chorus, variable ranges): He’s a teenage boy from Sweet Apple.

  • Policeman (variable range): He keeps the order.

  • Girl 1 (Teenage Chorus)

  • Another Parent (speaking role)

  • Traveler 1 (speaking role)

  • Traveler 2 (speaking role)

  • Train Conductor (speaking role, variable ranges)

  • Lee (Adult Chorus, speaking role): He’s a concerned parent.

  • TV Show Crew, Stage Manager: (nonspeaking role)

  • TV Show Crew, x4 Stagehands: (nonspeaking role)

  • TV Show Crew, x2-3 Wardrobe: (nonspeaking role)

  • Sad Girl 1: (nonspeaking role)

  • Sad Girl 2: (nonspeaking role)

  • Sweet Apple Shriners: (nonspeaking - all men)

  • Guitar Man: - must be able to play guitar - no singing, dancing, speaking required.

  • Chorus/Ensemble: Many other adults and teens are needed to fill out the cast.