Bye Bye Birdie — Young Performers’ Edition


The Young Performers’ Edition is a one-hour adaptation specially tailored for elementary school and middle school aged children. The materials have been prepared to help your school or organization mount the best possible production and to give your children an exciting and rewarding experience.
BYE BYE BIRDIE is a satire crafted with the fondest affection telling the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. An English Teacher, What Did I Ever See in Him?, Put on a Happy Face, One Boy, A Lot of Livin’ to Do, Kids and Rosie are musical theatre classics. This is the tops in imagination and good old-fashioned fun.

Full performance of The Telephone Hour   from the Staging and Choreography DVD.

Each of the selected numbers on the DVD can also be viewed with audio comments and suggestions for staging and choreography.

*Music samples courtesy of Strada Music Co. and Charles Strouse Music.

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  • Credits
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Upcoming
  • Book by Michael Stewart
    Music by Charles Strouse
    Lyrics by Lee Adams
    Originally Produced by Edward Padula

  • 1  Director’s Production Guide
    1  Piano-Vocal Score
    30 Young Performer’s Books
    1  Disc Set, consisting of:
    1 Sing-Along CD
    1 Performance CD
    1 Choreography DVD

    Production Kit Description

    Young Performer’s Books, containing the complete script and all vocal material.
    Sing-Along CD, to help your cast learn the songs.
    Performance CD, with orchestral accompaniment for your production.
    Choreography DVD, containing simple, effective dance steps and staging ideas for selected songs.
    Piano-Vocal Score, as an additional rehearsal tool.
    Production Guide, complete with background material, directorial pointers, details on incorporating the show’s production into the school curriculum and suggestions for involving your community at large.

  • ALBERT is the president of the Almaelou Music Corporation and is Conrad Birdie’s agent. He is a nervous, excitable man who spends most of his time trying to control the uncontrollable, with quite comic results. Look for an actor with excellent comic timing, a great singing voice and a natural likability. Albert carries much of the story, so choosing an actor who will be comfortable with such a responsibility is crucial —cast your best leading man.

    ROSIE is Albert’s girlfriend and secretary at the Almaelou Music Corporation, who is frustrated with Albert’s inability to commit to her. She is willing to do anything it takes to get Albert to give up the music business and settle down. Headstrong and confident, she is often one step ahead of Albert. Rosie needs to be a strong actor and a great singer. This is definitely a role for a student ready to shine in a leading role. Look for a young lady with tons of charm who can embrace that “go-get-‘em” personality.

    MRS. MAE PETERSON is Albert’s controlling mother. She loves her son, despite her disapproval of the way he runs the family business and (especially) his affection for Rosie. She has never stopped parenting Albert, and her mounting frustration throughout the show as Albert begins to stand up to her provides recurring comic relief. This is a non-singing role, so look for an actor with strong comedic timing and the ability to take positive risks in building a strong character.

    CONRAD BIRDIE is a teen heartthrob who has been drafted into the army. This character was written with Elvis Presley in mind. He says little but conveys much with his body language, swagger and, of course, his music. This is someone who knows that good looks and a killer smile will get him more than his personality. Look for a great singer/dancer with the ability to keep an over-the-top character alive while singing. This is a great role for a student who has tons of charm and can embody the “teen idol” persona.

    KIM MACAFEE is the self-confident young member of Conrad’s fan club who is chosen to receive a kiss from Conrad before he leaves for the Army. She sees herself as more mature than the average teenager. This is a large role for a talented singer and actor, so look for a student with a wholesome, innocent persona who will enjoy letting it go and have some fun along the way.

    HUGO PEABODY is Kim’s devoted steady boyfriend who is jealous that Conrad is receiving so much attention from Kim. This is a character-driven, non-singing role, so this is a great role to cast an up-and-coming student who isn’t quite ready to take on a leading role. When casting, think about the juxtaposition between Hugo and Conrad Birdie — casting a strapping Conrad and a diminutive Hugo will offer some great comic moments as the two compete for Kim’s affections.

    MR. HAARY MACAFEE is Kim’s father who thinks he’s in control of his family and his teenaged daughter (but isn’t). Mr. MacAfee should be a good actor with a decent singing voice who can find the comedy in his character’s frustration and irritability.
    Mrs. Doris MacAfee is Kim’s loving mother who knows just how to handle her husband and her household. Mrs. MacAfee should be a good actor/singer. When casting, look for the chemistry between Mrs. MacAfee and her husband — this actor should be able to play off of Mr. MacAfee’s gruffness with ease and charm.

    URSULA MERKLE is Kim’s best friend and the hyper-enthusiastic teenager who leads the girls in screaming for Conrad. This is a great supporting role to give to an energetic girl who will have fun creating a unique character with a one-of-a-kind voice. In casting, think of contrasting Kim’s “maturity” with Ursula’s youthful enthusiasm.

    RANDOLPH MACAFEE is Kim’s younger brother. This is a great small featured role for a younger actor with an unchanged voice who will get to create a fun character with only a few lines.
    The Mayor is the head figure of Sweet Apple, Ohio, who welcomes Conrad Birdie to town. A bit naïve to the effect Conrad has on the girls of the town, this is a great featured role for an ensemble cast member who can develop a fun character.

    THE MAYOR’S WIFE, EDNA, is one of the adults in the show who cannot escape the power of Conrad Birdie’s spell — also a great featured role for an ensemble cast member to have some fun with.

    GLORIA RASPUTIN is the dreamy, ambitious knockout whom Mrs. Peterson chooses to replace Rosie. She is looking for her big break in show business and hopes Albert can help her. Often played as a ditzy chorus-girl type, this is a good place to utilize a great tap dancer who will have fun with this featured dance solo and can create a gum-chomping, hair-twirling, larger-than-life character.

    MRS. MERKLE is Ursula’s overbearing mother who also gets a touch of Conrad Birdie Fever. Cast a good character actress who can incorporate her character into her singing voice.

    HARVEY JOHNSON is a typical nerdy teenager who can’t seem to get enough of the gossip going on in Telephone Hour. Cast a young actor who will have fun developing his character throughout this song and subsequent scenes.

    MR. JOHNSON is Harvey’s father and one of the many parents in Sweet Apple desperate to keep control of their children as Conrad Birdie comes to town. This is a small featured part for an ensemble member.

    Other TEENAGERS in Sweet Apple include ALICE, DEBORAH SUE, HELEN, NANCY, MARGIE, PENELOPE, SUZIE, FREDDIE, KARL and various other BOYS and GIRLS. Have fun casting these roles out of the ensemble and encourage your actors to create distinct characters.

    Other ENSEMBLE roles include a POLICEMAN, various REPORTERS, a CONDUCTOR and a TRAINMAN, and other PARENTS of the Sweet Apple teenagers with featured lines throughout the script. Get everyone involved!

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    Vanderhoof Children's Theater VANDERHOOF, BC 05/24/2015 06/02/2015
    Milford Middle School QUAKERTOWN, PA 05/28/2015 05/30/2015
    Pierce Middle School MILTON, MA 05/28/2015 05/29/2015
    Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute OUTLOOK, SK 05/29/2015 05/31/2015
    Mary R. Stauffer Middle School DOWNEY, CA 06/04/2015 06/05/2015
    Bloomington Park & Rec. Dept. BLOOMINGTON, IL 06/05/2015 06/07/2015
    St. Helena School EDISON, NJ 06/05/2015 06/06/2015
    Mile Square Theatre Education WEEHAWKEN, NJ 06/12/2015 06/14/2015
    South Dakota 4H Performing Arts BROOKINGS, SD 06/12/2015 09/07/2015
    SoLuna Studio HAUPPAUGE, NY 06/26/2015 06/28/2015
    Charlotte Cnty Public Schools Drama Camp PORT CHARLOTTE, FL 06/26/2015 06/27/2015
    Florida Repertory Theatre FORT MYERS, FL 07/03/2015 07/03/2015
    Richmond Hill Centre for the Perf. Arts RICHMOND HILL, ON 07/09/2015 08/20/2015
    Jewish Community Center Pittsburgh PITTSBURGH, PA 07/15/2015 07/17/2015
    Olde Towne Hall Theatre NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH 07/16/2015 07/18/2015
    Osceola Center for the Arts KISSIMMEE, FL 07/24/2015 07/26/2015
    Coral Springs Inst. for the Perf. Arts CORAL SPRINGS, FL 07/24/2015 07/24/2015
    TRYPS COLUMBIA, MO 07/24/2015 07/26/2015
    Wall High School WALL, NJ 08/05/2015 08/05/2015
    White Plains Performing Arts Center WHITE PLAINS, NY 08/21/2015 08/22/2015
    Kiss Theatre Company WILKES BARRE, PA 09/18/2015 09/27/2015
    Noe Middle School LOUISVILLE, KY 09/29/2015 10/01/2015
    Asheville Community Theatre ASHEVILLE, NC 10/30/2015 11/01/2015
    Logan-Magnolia High School LOGAN, IA 11/03/2015 11/07/2015
    Connell High School CONNELL, WA 11/17/2015 11/19/2015
    Farmington City Arts Council FARMINGTON, UT 11/18/2015 11/21/2015
    Santa Fe High School ALMA, MO 11/20/2015 11/22/2015
    Big Creek Elementary School MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OH 02/03/2016 02/04/2016
    Blue Valley Middle School OVERLAND PARK, KS 03/01/2016 03/04/2016
    Hale Middle School STOW, MA 03/04/2016 03/06/2016
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