Bye Bye Birdie

Book by Michael Stewart ~ Music by Charles Strouse ~ Lyrics by Lee Adams
Originally Produced by Edward Padula

July 19th - 22nd at 8 pm
July 26th - 29th at 8 pm
August 2nd - 5th at 8 pm

Artistic Director ~ Jane Harissis
Music Director ~ Rufus Patrick
Producer ~ Amena Smith
Choreographers ~ Jen Ruest & Jane Robbins

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 spring-like 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.

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Cast

  • Albert Peterson-Kevin Colins
    Rose Alvarez-Kristen Bures
    Conrad Birdie- Matt Parisi
    Kim MacAfee- Anna Harissis
    Harry MacAfee- John DeRienzo
    Doris MacAfee- Jo Sabel-Courtney
    Randolph MacAfee-Callum Adams
    Mae Peterson- Amena Smith
    Ursula Merkle- Johanna Fay
    Hugo Peabody- Michael Stridsberg

    Adult Chorus:
    Gloria Rasputin- Marielle Rousseau
    Mayor- John McKay
    Mayor's Wife- Pam Dundon
    Mrs.Merkle- Julie Longchamps
    Maude/Police Man- Scott Connelly
    Mr.Henkel/Reporter #3- Will Sabel-Courtney
    Mrs. Johnson- Chris DeRienzo
    Reporter #1/Parent- Lynn Espey
  • Teen Boys:
    Harvey Johnson- Kyle Venooker
    Karl- Austin Anderson
    Billy- Chase Haven
    Arthur/Conductor - Nick Espey
    Freddy/Conrad's Guitar Player- John McKay
    Harold - Will Fay
    Teen Girls:
    Margie/Sad Dancer/ Harpie- Brittany Foreman
    Helen- Sammy Angstrom
    Penelope/Sad Dancer- Annie Grunberg
    Deborah Sue/One Boy Soloist/ Harpie - Alison Smith
    Alice/One Boy Soloist- Marielle Rousseau
    Teen Trio:
    Linda-Adele Priestley
    Martha Louise- Olivia DeRienzo
    Nancy- Meg McKay
    Fan Club:
    Peggy- Hannah McKay
    Crystal- Meghan Drouin
    Sally- Sarah Espey
    Eliza- Lena Connelly
    Patty- Lulu Connellyxx

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