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 – Zach Pledl

Rose Alvare – Lisa Golda

Ursala – Elizabeth Plotka

Kim MacAfee – Colleen Schulz

Mrs. MacAfee – Tamara Richelle Pool

Mr. MacAfee – Chris Fontaine

Mrs. Peterson -Lorraine Selinski

Conrad Birdie – Stephen Nelson

Hugo Peabody – Holland White

The Mayor – Clark R. Kirst

The Mayor’s Wife – Ellen Cheney

Margie – Lily Zimmermann

Deborah Sue – Alex Kussow

Mrs. Merkle – Sara St. Thomas

Randolph MacAfee – Clayton Michener

Gloria Rasputin – Heidi Weinaug

The Teenagers – Ariannah Albrecht, Atheana Albrecht, Indigo Beilfuss, Jonathon Block, Connor Giles, Erika Herrmann, Allie Macknick, Anna Menzer, Zoe Schroeder, Kim Singer, Mandelyn Tenpas, Annie Van Zeeland, Heidi White, Hope White, Alexandria Wickland, Cassie Ziegelbauer

The Adults – Neil Beaton, Michelle Bestul, Brayden Fontaine, Betty Johnson Macknick, Sharon O’Connell, Catrina Tarr.

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Musical Director: Janice Westphal

Choreographer: Veronica Hilke

Asst. to Choreographer: Heidi Weinaug

Stage Manager & Asst. to Director: Michael A. Eberhardy

Asst. Stage Manager: Stephanie Gibson

Technical Director: Dustin L. Uhl

Set Design: Dustin L. Uhl

Costume Design: Bernard J. Markevitch

Light Design: Rick Klein

Sound Design: Dave Steinmeyer

Properties: Nan Gibson

Make-Up Design: Christy Zimmermann

Master Carpenter: Jordan Justus, Phillip Zimmermann

Paint Master: Lee Schneider

Orchestra

Conductor/ Keyboard: Janice Westphal

Bass: Lee Steffen

Flute: Cathy Perronne

Guitar/ Banjo: Craig Peaslee

Percussion: Tammy Rueger

Trumpet: Tom Engman

Violin: Karen Bruinooge