Bye Bye Birdie

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.

Cast/Characters

Albert Peterson – Larry Halverson

Rose Alvarez – Janice K. Robichaud

Ursula – Michelle Skelton

Kim MacAfee – Melissa McGovern

Mrs. MacAfee – Marilyn L. Zimmermann

Mr. MacAfee – Bob Margrett

Mrs. Peterson – Lorraine Selinski

Conrad Birdie – Gary Heberlein

Hugo Peabody -Ethan Lauer

The Mayor – Patrick Kelly

The Mayor’s Wife – Char Koehler

Margie – Erika Jensen

Deborah Sue – Stacy Jandahl

Mrs. Merkle – Ramona Maala

Randolph MacAfee – Colin Ashe

Gloria Rasputin -JoAnn Kudirko

Maude – Mark J. Mattek

Barflies – Gregory O’hearne, Steve Toepel

The Teenagers – Heidi L. Bruns, Allison Cheney, Julia Chinnock, Lori Even, Trista Hittman, Stacy Jandahl, Erika Jensen, Steve Krause, Cindy Kudirko, Allison Lockwood, Mark J. Mattek, Kathleen O’Donnell, Janine Pibal, Augie Ristow, Michelle Skelton, Rebecca Street, Becky Vervelde, Sarah Wanek, Sara Wolfert, Jill Zufelt

The Adults – Bob Beuttenmueller, Ellen Cheney, Ruth S. Dodds, Bill Heberlein, Laura Hembel, Barbara Hembel Johnson, Terry W. Kath, Patrick Kelly, Lisa K. Knitt, Elizabeth Knutson, Char Koehler, JoAnn Kudirko, Sandra L. Hembel Lorenz, Ramona Maala, Debbie Matthies, Gregory O’Hearne, Deb Ristow, Pamela Rutherford, Steve Toepel

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Musical Director: Sandra Kasten

Choreographer: Sherry Kunde

Stage Manager: Kathleen Beuttenmueller

Rehearsal Stage Manager: Char Koehler

Set Design: Marty Kooi

Costume Design: Debra L. Weiher

Light Design: Marty Peck

Master Electrician: Ron Bauman

Sound Design: Scott Heck

Properties: Betty Segor, Lynne Zimmermann

Make-Up & Hair Design: Debra L. Weiher

Cover Art: Bev Nowicki

Orchestra

Conductor/ Pianist: Sandra Kasten

Flute: Cathy Perronne

Guitar: Cory Glaeser

Percussion: Craig Schultz