Information Night:
MONDAY 5 June at 7:45 pm to be held at Maylands Church of Christ Hall, corner Portrush Road and Nora Street, Maylands

 

Directed By: Gordon Combs
Musical Director: Paul Sinkinson
Choreographer: Carmel Vistoli
Before Link Larkin…Before Danny Zuko…There was Conrad Birdie!

This is a bright and fast paced musical that will leave the audience with a smile on their face and humming the well-known tunes. Bye Bye Birdie is a celebration of song and dance, paying homage to 1950’s American pop culture.

When superstar Conrad Birdie is drafted into the armed forces, his tense songwriter/ manager Albert is set for bankruptcy. That is, until his faithful secretary (and long-term girlfriend) Rose devises a most brilliant publicity campaign to cash-in on Conrad’s departure from entertainment. Conrad will bestow ‘One Last Kiss’ on a teenage fan before national television audience, live from Sweet Apple, Ohio. But not all goes to plan when jealous boyfriends, meddling mothers and teenage hormones are thrown into the mix. The result is chaos!

Featuring classic Broadway songs including Put on a Happy Face, One Last Kiss, Honestly Sincere and A Lot of Livin’ to Do, this is entertainment in its most feel-good form.
We are seeking a high-energy cast of all ages to bring this flashy and colourful production to life in October at the Arts Theatre!

If you loved Hairspray, you won’t want to miss Bye Bye Birdie. It’s fun loving, hilarious and wildly entertaining.

Rehearsals:
Mondays at Maylands Church of Christ Hall, corner Portrush Road & Nora Street Maylands from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Wednesdays at Wesley Uniting Church Hall , corner Fullarton Road & Grenfell Street Kent Town from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Sundays from 2 pm to 6 pm at Maylands Church of Christ Hall – address above

Performances:
12-14 & 17-21 October 2017 – Evenings at 8 pm
Special Price Night on Tuesday 17 October at 8 pm
Matinee Saturdays 14 and 21 October at 2 pm

Venue:
The Arts Theatre, 53 Angas Street, Adelaide

Information Night:
MONDAY 5 June at 7:45 pm to be held at Maylands Church of Christ Hall, corner Portrush Road and Nora Street, Maylands

Auditions:
SUNDAY 18 June from 2 pm to 10:30 pm
MONDAY 19 June from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Venue:
Maylands Church of Christ Hall, corner Portrush Road and Nora Street, Maylands

More Information:
Carolyn Mesecke on 0407 457 821 or via themetsa@gmail.com

Roles Available:
ADULT ROLE AUDITIONEES – 18 YEARS AND OVER
RANDOLPH MACAFEE – 9 YRS & OVER TO LOOK STAGE AGE 9 – 12 YEARS

Albert F. Peterson – Albert is the nervous and high-strung president of Almalou Records. We are looking for an actor with great comic timing and an awareness physical humour. A traditional Broadway song and dance role.
Stage Age: 30-40
Vocal Range: F2 – Gb4 Baritone/Tenor
Dance Requirements: Albert must be able to move well, soft shoe would be an advantage
Audition Song: Put On A Happy Face (Bar 7 – 37) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Rosie Deleon – Rose is Al’s secretary but dreams of the day when she can adjust his title from “employer” to “hubby.” The role of Rose requires someone who can display a truly strong spirit and a spicy inner core. The role of Rose will be secured by the one who can sell the character’s spirit, both in scenes AND songs.

Stage Age: late 20s-40
Vocal Range: F3 – C5 Alto Belt
Dance Requirements: Rosie has a huge dance sequence “The Shriner’s Ballet” which requires a trained dancer or an extremely talented mover – she has to be energetic, agile and be able to be lifted
Audition Song: An English Teacher’s Wife (Bar 67 – 138) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Mama Mae Peterson – Albert’s interfering mother who will do anything to ensure he does not marry Rose. She has a powerful presence with great comic timing. Every scene in which she appears presents Mae unabashedly working to guilt trip her poor son.

Stage Age: 50+
Vocal Range: Alto
Dance Requirements: Must move well
Audition Song: A Mother Doesn’t Matter Anymore (Bar 15 – 52) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Conrad Birdie – A tall handsome and confident rock-star. He’s rude. He’s arrogant. He doesn’t show much regard for others. We also need to see, very clearly, the physicality of Birdie. The show was loosely based on Elvis’ entrance into the army. Give us a few king-like indications of the guy, but don’t go full-blown Elvis.

Stage Age: 25-30
Vocal Range: Ab2 – Gb4 Light Baritone
Dance Requirements: Birdie has to emulate the Elvis hip swinging, pelvic thrusts – needs to move with agility
Audition Song: Honestly Sincere (Bar 1 – 9) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Kim MacAfee – Kim is the president of Sweet Apple’s Conrad Birdie Fan Club. Through random chance, she is selected to deliver Conrad Birdie his final kiss goodbye before leaving to join the army. Unfortunately, her boyfriend Hugo has a few reservations. Kim needs to come across as a young, sweet and flirtatious teenage girl of the 1950’s.

Stage Age: 16-17
Vocal Range: G3 – Ab5 Lyric Mezzo
Dance Requirements: Preferably a dancer – needs to be an extremely good mover
Audition Song: How Lovely To Be A Woman (Bar 24 – 102) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Harry MacAfee – He constantly feels that he has no control over his family (or even himself) He’s also a great source of comedy in the production. He has a couple of really great scenes in which he has the potential to leave the house rolling. As Kim’s father he needs to be the typical over protective dad of his teenage daughter.

Stage Age: 40+
Vocal Range: C3 – E4 Comfortable Baritone
Dance Requirements: A good mover
Audition Song: Kids (Bar 1 – 62) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing
Doris MacAfee – Doris is a devoted wife and Kim and Randolph’s loving mother. She has a wonderful scene early on in the show in which she is mortified with her daughter’s abrupt assertion of adult status. She is the peacekeeper between her moody teenage daughter, abrasive husband and curious little boy. Doris should underplay her role in the family, even though it is clear she is in control.

Stage Age: 40+
Vocal Range: Bb3 – F5 Comfortable Mezzo
Dance Requirements: A good mover Audition Song: Kids (Bar 1 – 62) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Randolph MacAfee – Kim’s younger brother. He’s overlooked a bit and wants attention from his father. When he is acknowledged, he really isn’t given much respect at all. Randolph shouldn’t be played shy. He’s a typical kid who is curious about the world and loves discovering a variety of creatures and sister’s secrets.

Stage Age: 9-12
Vocal Range: D4 – D5 Boy Alto
Dance Requirements: A good mover
Audition Song: A Healthy, Normal American Boy TEEN Vocal Line (Bar 117 – 138) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Hugo Peabody – Hugo is Kim’s understandably frustrated boyfriend. He is a hopeless romantic with a touch of melodrama about him. He has solid stage time and enjoys command of a couple of humorous moments.

Stage Age: 16-19
Vocal Range: No lead songs, but will be required to sing as part of ensemble
Dance Requirements: A good mover Audition Song: A Healthy, Normal American Boy TEEN Vocal Line (Bar 117 – 138) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Ursula Merkle – Ursula is completely smitten with Conrad and shows it with great enthusiasm and passion. She is a supporting character, but she has some wonderful moments. She’s Kim’s number-one confidant. She’s a little quirky and high-energy.

Stage Age: 16-17
Vocal Range: D4 – F5
Dance Requirements: Needs to be able to do the splits – requires some trained dance experience
Audition Song: A Healthy, Normal American Boy TEEN Vocal Line (Bar 117 – 138) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Harvey Johnson – A member of the teen chorus with comedic voice cracking solos in the song ‘The Telephone Hour’.

Stage Age: 16-17
Vocal Range: D3 – F#4 Comedic Tenor
Dance Requirements: A good mover
Audition Song: The Telephone Hour (Bar 19 – 22) AND A Healthy, Normal American Boy TEEN Vocal Line (Bar 117 – 138) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Feature Roles and Ensemble

Feature roles: Like Mayor, Mayor’s wife, Reporters, Sad Girl, Helen, Nancy, Margie, Alice, Fans (girls and boys), TV crew, Mr Johnson, Station Master, Director, Maude and staff parents and Gloria Rasputin will be cast from the Ensemble.

Teen Ensemble: The teen ensemble need to be high energized, hard-working and be able to portray a variety of characters.

Vocal Range: Soprano/Mezzo/Alto/Tenor/Baritone/Bass.
Dance Requirements: 4 trained dancers required – others some dance experience and ability to follow choreography – great numbers for chorus
Audition Song: A Healthy, Normal American Boy TEEN Vocal Line (Bar 117 – 138) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing

Adult Ensemble: The ensemble will be asked to perform a variety of roles throughout the production from TV studio types to 1950’2 parents, we are seeking a variety of voice types and ages.

Vocal Range: Soprano/Mezzo/Alto/Tenor/Baritone/Bass.
Dance Requirements: good movers required – adult men participate in the Shriner’s Ballet
Audition Song: A Healthy, Normal American Boy ADULT Vocal Line (Bar 117 – 138) AND a 1950/60s musical theatre song of your choosing