​​​The year is 1958, and the much-adored rock-and-roll idol Conrad Birdie has been drafted into the US army. His songwriter and agent, Albert, and Albert’s secretary and some-time girlfriend, Rosie, hatch a plan for a farewell performance to take place on The Ed Sullivan Show, which they hope will help sell Birdie’s new song “One Last Kiss,” and ultimately save Almaelou records from going under.


Auditions for Bye Bye Birdie will be held at the Capitol Theater, at 7:00 pm on Monday & Tuesday, June 12 & 13.

Bye Bye Birdie is a musical comedy with dancing. There are roles for ALL ages: multiple teenagers, adults and one male child's part. The cast will be large. This is a high energy show with larger-than-life characters.

These are open auditions. Be ready to sing a song of your choosing (Please do NOT sing a song from the show). If you bring sheet music, an accompanist will be available. There will be cold readings from the script and a very short dance/movement audition. Dance training is not required. Wear comfortable shoes.

Rehearsals begin the last week of June and will be Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Performance dates are September 8, 9 10, 15, 16 and 17.


The show’s director Maria Wilken is happy to answer any questions. Contact Maria at mom.wilken@gmail.com.


Character Descriptions:

Lead and Featured Roles 


Albert Peterson: (Tenor)
The nervous, excitable, president of the Almaelou Music Corporation who pays more attention to his mother than to his girl friend; large role requiring good comic timing and pleasant singing voice; some dancing skill a plus. Sings several songs.

Rose Alvarez: (Alto) 
Albert’s secretary and want-to-be fiancé who gets fed up with waiting for him to propose; lots of featured singing and dancing. Sings several songs.

Conrad Birdie: (Baritone) 
The “Elvis-style” rock star who is headed into the army; he must be able to sing well and move like a rock star. Sings several songs.

Kim MacAfee: (Soprano) 
Teenager, self-possessed teen-aged girl, who considers herself more mature than her “Conrad-Crazy” girlfriends. Sings several songs.

Mr. Harry MacAfee: (Tenor) 
The frustrated father of Kim and Randolph who feels his stature as a parent is continually challenged. Sings several songs and ensemble.

Mrs. Doris MacAfee: (Alto) 
The tireless, caring mother of Kim and Randolph who knows just how to handle her irritable husband. Sings one featured song and ensemble.

Randolph MacAfee: 
Kim’s younger brother; sings one feature song and ensemble.

Mae Peterson: 
Albert’s mother, the quintessential “Mamma,” who never stops parenting Albert. Sings one featured song. 

Hugo Peabody:
Kim’s devoted steady boyfriend who is jealous of Conrad Birdie. Sings ensemble.

Ursula Merkle:
The hyper-enthusiastic teen-aged girlfriend of Kim’s who leads the fans screaming for Conrad Birdie. Sings several songs and ensemble.


Supporting Roles


Conrad Birdie Fan Club Teens:
Helen, Nancy, Alice, Margie, Penelope, Deborah Sue - Featured solos and speaking lines. Teens in the Conrad Birdie fan club - Featured solos and speaking lines

Teenagers: 
Lots of energetic male and female singer/dancers who are fans of Conrad Birdie.

Mayor: 
Mayor of Sweet Apple, Ohio; sings one feature song; also appears on the Ed Sullivan Show, ensemble.

Mayor’s Wife: 
Mayor’s wife, Edna; sings one feature song; also appears on the Ed Sullivan Show, ensemble.

Gloria Rasputin: 
The gum-chewing, lame-brained, dancing secretary who is Mae Peterson’s choice to replace Rosie as Albert’s fiancé. Ensemble.

Charles F. Maude: 
Proprietor of “Maude’s Roadside Retreat;” sings a part in the male quartet.

Maude’s Quartet: 
Customers at Maude’s who sing in the male quartet. One featured song.​



Bye Bye Birdie
Monroe Actors Stage Company – Capitol Theater
Maria Wilken – Director
mom.wilken@gmail.com


Auditions