10-27-11 – Chicago, IL>Des Moines, IA –
Audition Information for Bye Bye Birdie
Auditions for Bye Bye Birdie will take place after Thanksgiving Break.
On Monday, November 22 and
Tuesday, November 23 Mr. Connor will teach the dance combination for the dance part of the auditions after school at a place to be determined (check the ACT callboard for location).
The week after Thanksgiving Break we will be holding vocal and dance auditions for the show. Vocal auditions will consist of 16 bars of a song from a musical in your key. Bring your sheet music as an accompanist will be available to play for you. Keep checking the callboard for dates and times of those auditions.
SYNOPSIS OF BYE BYE BIRDIE
Bye Bye Birdie is a satire that takes place in 1958 and centers around an Elvis Presley type rock and roll superstar (Conrad Birdie) who is drafted into the army. His agent and song writer (Albert Peterson) and Albert’s secretary and love interest (Rosie Alvarez) plan a farewell performance for Birdie on the Ed Sullivan television show, which they hope will provide the publicity to sell his new song “One Last Kiss” and bring Albert’s company out of debt. At the conclusion of the performance, Birdie will give a real kiss to a lucky girl from his fan club.
The lucky girl is randomly chosen is Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio, and is a avid member of the local Conrad Birdie fan club. Albert and Rosie come to Sweet Apple to prepare for Birdie’s arrival and things begin to unravel. Kim’s father (Harry MacAfee) begins to get excited about the thought of being on the Ed Sullivan Show with his daughter and Kim’s new steady (Hugo Peabody) starts to get jealous of the thought of Kim kissing Birdie on national television.
After Birdie’s arrival in Sweet Apple, things continue to come undone as Birdie’s charms enrage Hugo to punch him out on national television as he embraces to kiss Kim. Later, Birdie confesses that he is tired of show business and goes out on the town with the kids to show them how to party. This leads to Birdie’s arrest. Meanwhile, Rosie is getting tired of waiting for Albert to propose and figures that eight years is long enough. She is also tired of Albert’s domineering mother (Mae Peterson) who is constantly interfering in their relationship. Rosie goes out on the town and stumbles into a Shriners’ meeting, leading to a humorous ballet sequence.
The show ends with Albert bailing Birdie out of jail prompting Birdie to ask Albert to be his agent forever as he gets on the train to New York and his induction into the army. Kim and Hugo make up as Hugo proposes to Kim and Albert finally decides to propose to Rosie to tie up remaining romantic knot before the show’s finale. — Submit Yourself To This Role Now: Live Event