Description:

A loving send-up of the early 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, BYE BYE BIRDIE remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts for teens, and a hilarious script, BIRDIE continues to thrill audiences around the world.

Hit songs include “Put on a Happy Face,” “One Last Kiss,” “One Boy,” “A Lot of Livin’ to Do,” “Kids!” and “Rosie.”


CYT HOUSTON’S BYE BYE BIRDIE
DIRECTOR’S VISION STATEMENT
 
I am extremely excited to be Directing & Choreographing Bye Bye Birdie!  This musical is a great example of how music can ultimately shape our culture, views, and opinions.  BBB (Bye By Birdie) is based on the story of when The King of Rock N Roll (Elvis Presley) was drafted into the Army in 1957 and how being asked to serve his country affected his fans, his record label and ultimately the star himself.
 
I grew up as a military brat.  I moved almost every three years from the time I was born to a new post until I was 17.  So no, I really don’t have a town that I grew up in or a place to call home, but I have a military culture that I embraced which includes a worldwide community that I am proud to be part of. My father, neighbors, and friends risked their lives on a daily basis to give us the freedom we enjoy every day.   A truly noble calling.
 
In addition to the military tie in with this musical, I have a history performing with famous musical artists which allowed me to tour the world performing on stage next to true life superstars.  I have truly experienced what it is like to be in the public eye and how that affects famous musicians.
 
Thus, I am excited to share my love of music, the armed forces and rock n roll with you!  Let’s Rock!!
 
I am looking for a cast who is ready to work with a director/choreographer who will push them to be better.  I am looking for singers, dancers, and actors who are willing to be challenged and come out on the other side all the better for it.  So if this is you, I look forward to seeing you at auditions!
 
With the subject matter of serving our country and possibly losing your life doing so, I am looking for cast members who have the maturity to truly appreciate the sacrifices our armed services men and women take on a daily basis.  I will discuss my experiences and use them to help the cast understand what and why one of the most famous singers of all time, stopped his career to serve his country. Can you imagine Kanye West, Blake Shelton or Bruno Mars putting a hold on their career to fight in Afghanistan?  I hope this puts things in perspective.
 
When preparing for auditions please avoid choosing music from this show.  Please choose music in the style and time period of classical musical theatre...shows that were written long before the contemporary shows you may be familiar with such as Dear Evan Hansen.  This will give the team the best information with which to cast you in Bye Bye Birdie.
 
Dance is a big part of this show, and we are excited to involve the full cast in that aspect of the production on varying levels! You will be expected to practice dancing at home with reference videos along the rehearsal journey. Get your dancing feet ready!
 
As with all shows, there is always a possibility for cuts, although this is not expected at this time.  Cuts will occur if the number of cast members auditioning exceeds the number we can safely accommodate on the stage.
 
Finally, I am looking forward to participating in my second stage show with CYT and feel privileged for this opportunity.  We have an amazing Artistic team who are extremely dedicated to making this show an amazing success. I hope you decide to join us on this amazing journey to the magical and beautiful music of Bye Bye Birdie.
 
Tony Smith
Executive Producer - Adams Davy
CYT Director/Choreographer for Bye Bye Birdie
 
 

Dates / Times:

  • Thursday, Apr 30th @ 9:30am  
  • Friday, May 1st @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, May 2nd @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, May 2nd @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, May 3rd @ 2:00pm
  • School Days Performance
Tickets go on sale Sunday March 8, 2020 at 12:00am

Ticket Prices:


Charles Bender Performing Arts Center:

611 Higgins Street, Humble, TX 77338


Show Notes:

Bye Bye Birdie Audition and Rehearsal Location:
Kingwood Church of Christ
2901 Woodland Hills Dr.
Humble, Tx. 77339

You must be enrolled in a spring session class in order to sign up for an audition time slot. 

To sign up for a vocal audition time slot:
  • Log into your CYT family account.
  • Click the “Tools” drop down box next to the student wishing to audition and choose “Auditions”.
  • Appointment times may be edited here.
Vocal & Dance Auditions: Friday, February 21
Vocals Beginning at 3:00pm
You will have 2 minutes to shine!
Auditioners should be prepared to sing for at least 1 minute and are encouraged to perform a minute or less monologue. Choose a song that is appropriate for your age and fits the style of the show. You will be asked to stop if you exceed 2 minutes.
 
CLICK HERE  to fill out the Bye Bye Birdie audition packet.
The DEADLINE to turn in online forms is WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19th.
 
Upload your music HERE
Uploading your cut music, helps our audition process run smoothly and efficiently. The DEADLINE TO TURN IN A MUSIC UPLOAD IS FEB. 14TH. IF YOU MISS THIS DEADLINE, PLEASE BRING YOUR MUSIC ON YOUR OWN DEVICE and make sure it can be plugged in to a speaker (not Bluetooth). You will need to remove any locks on the device.
 
We know that it is sometimes difficult to figure out how to cut a song to 60 seconds. Here is a little info that may help:
How to convert a YouTube karaoke to an MP3
YouTube to MP3: www.ytmp3.cc
MP3 online cutter: www.mp3cut.net
To change the key of an MP3: www.transposr.com
To change the tempo of a song: www.audiotrimmer.com/audio-speed-changer

Dance Auditions: Friday, February 21st
6:30-8:00pm
This is for all auditioners. We will be sending out a portion of the dance to learn before dance auditions along with the callback sides on Feb. 14th.
What to wear for dance auditions:
Please wear something comfortable to dance in, keeping in mind the CYT dress code.
Girls - Leggings should have shorts over them, t-shirt that can be pulled back with hair tie, sports bra. 
Guys – comfortable, non-restrictive clothing that is easy to move in.
Girls & Guys - Long hair should be pulled back in to a ponytail. 
Shoes – If you have tap shoes, bring them. Please do not go out and buy tap shoes. If you are cast as an advanced dancer, then you will need to purchase tap shoes. Bring jazz shoes if you have them. Otherwise tennis shoes are perfectly fine.
 
Callbacks:
Saturday, February 22nd
Dance Callbacks will begin at 9am-11am

Callbacks beginning at 12:00pm – schedule TBA
 These are posted to help you be prepared should you receive a callback. Please use this valuable resource and review all possible roles!
Not everyone will receive a callback, and not all characters are called back. Callbacks will be posted to your account early Saturday morning.
Bye Bye Birdie Callback information
Below is the callback material for you to review and become familiar with so you are prepared if you are called back for a specific role.
Please be familiar with the entire song even though we may only have you sing a portion of it.
*If you are called back then please bring all the printed sides and songs with you to callbacks.
Here is the link to practice the songs:
Bye Bye Birdie Orginal Broadway Soundtrack

Callback Sides

Albert
#1 Act One Scene 4 pg. 19
Start: top of page
End: …Please
#2 Act One Scene 1 pg 11
Start: Rose, it’s wonderful
End: …your dentifrice!
Vocal Sides: Put on a happy face: 7-22
 
Rosie
#1 Act One Scene 1 pg 10-11
Start: You haven’t written it yet.
End: …Joan of Arc!
#2 Act Two Scene 1 pg 50
Start: That’s right…
End: …a tower of jello!
Vocal Sides: 
An English Teacher: measures 117-151
Spanish Rose: measures 80-95
 
Albert & Rosie
#1 Act One Scene 1 pg 8 
Start: Albert: Rosie, if you’re referring to anything…
End: Rosie: Albert, this may be your last chance.
#2 Act Two Scene 8 pg 75-76
Start: Well, Here I am Albert
End: …to be married.
 
Ursula
#1 Act 1 Scene 3 pg 15
Start: at top of page
End: ….is one of them.
#2 Act 1 Scene 6 pg 32
Start: Who cares about your speech!
End: …jungle beast! 
 
Kim
#1 Act 1 Scene 5 pg 29
Start: You were silly to worry…
End: Conrad Birdie…
Vocal Sides:
How lovely to be a woman: measures 25-71
One Boy: measures 3-9
 
Mrs. Peterson
#1 Act One Scene 4 pg 21
Start: Taxi! What do I need with taxis?
End: Who’s She?
 
Hugo Peabody
#1 Act one Scene 8 pg 43
Start: …Excuse me, Miss Alvarez…
End: …Miss Alverez?
 
Mayor
#1 Act One Scene 6 pg 32
Start: top of page
End: …Conrad Birdie
 
Conrad Birdie 
Vocal Sides:
Honestly Sincere: measures 73-102
Lot of livin’ to do: measures 1-33
 
Mr. & Mrs. Macafee
Vocal Sides:
Kids: measures 19-33
 
The telephone hour:
Boys -  measures 19-22
Tenors – measures 66-69
Basses – measures 66-70
Girls – measures 56-63
 
Here is the link to learn the choreography for dance auditions: 
 
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipP8NS7M601aPOEEKXOmVRrcKPNPUla_jhjCDVbohb7zsch8oh7FAVMF4vj_fjBRuw?key=QVlOM0hua0VuZk4yNXN6X0phSkFMdHdzaTFSZThn
 
Guys learn the guy part and girls learn the girl part.
Learning the tap is optional. If you want to be considered for the advanced dancers then you do need to come prepared for tap. 
 
What to bring to auditions:
  • Lots of enthusiasm and a smile!
  • Production Fee Payment form and Costume form
  • We will now be accepting the following payment options:  Cash, Checks and Credit Cards (Credit card payments will include a small service fee of (.015%) or $3.00 to offset the fee we pay to accept credit cards). 
  • Music- just in case. This should be downloaded to the link above, but you may want to bring a back-up device. 
  • 1 Headshot – This does not have to be fancy. A current 4x6 or 5x7 headshot will be perfect. We need one paper-clipped to your costume form.
  • Production Fees – We can accept credit cards, checks or cash.
  •  A labeled water bottle.
What to wear:
Auditioning is like a job interview.  You don’t need to wear a suit, but don’t wear shorts and flip flops. It is also best to not dress for a particular character of the show.
For dance auditions, please read above on what to wear.
If your vocal audition is after dance auditions, remember that you will want to freshen up and bring a change of clothes.

The cast list will be posted to auditioners by 9:30pm on Tuesday, February 25th. It will be posted to this public page 24 hours after notifying the cast.
 
Rehearsals:
Venue - Kingwood Church of Christ
Fridays 6:00pm-9:30pm*
Saturdays 9:00am-4:00*
*Call times may vary and will be posted each week on the Callboard by Wednesday evening.


Rehearsal Schedule:
February 28-29
March 6-7
March 13-14
March 20-21
March 27-28
April 3-4
April 17-18
April 24-25

Mandatory Parent Meetings - Saturday, February 29 @ 10:00am & Friday, April 25 @ 7:00pm
Feedback Sessions - March 7 & 14 @ 9:00am
Promo Shoot - March 14th @ 5:30 Those called for promo shoot: Albert, Conrad, Rosie, Kim, Ursula, Harvey
Character Portraits - April 3rd @ 4:00-6:00
Tech Week - April 26-30
Performances - May 1st - May 3rd,  Charles Bender Performing Arts Center
School Day Show -  April 30th @ 9:30am, Charles Bender Performing Arts Center

Artistic Team:
Director/Choreographer - Tony Smith
Assistant Director - Abby Cleverly
Vocal Director - Krista Broomhead
Choreographer Intern - Cora Howard
Intern - Stephanie Cleverly 


Please email the show coordinator, Robyn Flanery, robyn@cythouston.org with any questions. 

If you are on Facebook, please join our CYT Houston's Bye Bye Birdie group.

For more information, please visit CYT Houston's Parent Hub
 


Characters:

Albert Peterson

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. 
C flat to F flat

Rosie Alvarez

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. 
 A flat to C

Helen

Teen Chorus

Teen Chorus/Ensemble

Ursula Merkle

Kim’s best friend and the hyper­enthusiastic teenager who leads the girls in screaming for Conrad.

Kim Macafee

Is the self­confident 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. 
A to A flat

Mrs. Doris Macafee

Kim & Randolph's loving mother who knows just how to handle her husband and her household. C flat to F

Mr. Harry Macafee

Kim’s father who thinks he’s in control of his family and his teenaged daughter (but isn’t). 
C to E

Randolph Macafee

Kim’s younger brother.

Mrs. Mae Peterson

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. 
D flat to E flat

Hugo Peabody

Kim’s devoted steady boyfriend who is jealous that Conrad is receiving so much attention from Kim. This is a character­driven, non­singing role.

Policeman

In New York train station. Speaking role.

Reporters

Mayor

The head figure of Sweet Apple, Ohio, who welcomes Conrad Birdie to town. A bit naive 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. 


Edna (Mayor's wife)

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.

Mrs. Merkle

Ursula's Mother

Nancy

Teen Chorus

Gloria Rasputin

A tap dancing "secretary". Mae's choice to replace Rosie

Mr. Johnson

Harvey's Father

Maude

Proprietor of "Maude's Roadside Retreat".

Maude's Dishwasher

Speaking Role

Maude's First Customer

Speaking Role

Maude's Second Customer

Speaking Role

Alice

Sweet Apple teenager and Mayor's daughter. Teen Chorus

Margie

Teen Chorus

Harvey Johnson

Teen Chorus

Deborah Sue

Train Station Personnel

Conrad's Guitar Man

Stage Crew for TV Show

Sweet Apple Shriners

Sweet Apple Parents

Featured Performers

Male Dancers