Bye Bye Birdie
by Camille Lightner Playhouse

Mar. 21 - Mar. 22

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. To cap off the performance, Birdie will give ‘one last kiss’ to Kim MacAfee, an avid member of the Conrad Birdie fan club from Sweet Apple, Ohio.

When Albert and Rosie head to Sweet Apple to prepare for Birdie’s arrival, things start to unravel. Kim’s father is starstruck at the thought of being on The Ed Sullivan Show with his daughter, and Kim’s new steady, Hugo gets jealous at the thought of Kim kissing Conrad on national television.

Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Lee Adams, Book by Michael Stewart


Open auditions for 𝐁𝐘𝐄 𝐁𝐘𝐄 𝐁𝐈𝐑𝐃𝐈𝐄 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝟐𝟏-𝟐𝟐, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟒 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝟔 -𝟗 𝐩𝐦 𝐚𝐭 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞.

We are looking for 3 Adult Males, 3 Adult Females, 1 Youth Male, 2 Youth Females, and 1 Young Boy to make our Featured Cast.

We are also looking for a large Ensemble to include people of all sizes ages.

Character Breakdown

Leading Roles

Albert Peterson (Tenor): He’s the nervous and high-strung president of Almalou Records who pays more attention to his mother than to his girlfriend (who is his secretary).

Rose Alvarez (Alto): Rose is Albert’s secretary but dreams of the day when she can adjust his title from “employer” to “hubby.” That was always their plan, but time seems to have slipped away. Despite his oft selfish and callous treatment of Rose, she continues to support him, biding her time.

Conrad Birdie (Baritone): The “Elvis-style” rock star who is headed into the army. He’s rude. He’s arrogant. He doesn’t show much regard for others.


Supporting Roles

Kim MacAfee (Soprano): Fifteen-year-old, self-possessed teen-aged girl, who considers herself more mature than her “Conrad-Crazy” girlfriends. She’s the president of Sweet Apple’s Conrad Birdie Fan Club. Through random chance, she is selected to delivery Conrad Birdie his final kiss goodbye before  leaving to join the army.


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


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


Randolph MacAfee (unchanged voice): Kim’s younger brother; he’s overlooked a bit, and when he is acknowledged, he really isn’t given much respect at all.


Mae Peterson (Alto): Albert’s mother, the quintessential “Mamma,” who never stops parenting Albert.


Hugo Peabody (Tenor): Kim’s devoted steady boyfriend who is jealous of Conrad Birdie.


Ursula Merkle (Mezzo): The hyper-enthusiastic teen-aged girlfriend of Kim’s who leads the fans screaming for Conrad Birdie.


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


Adults: Parents of the Teenagers who are very concerned with how their “kids” are behaving


Ensemble roles include Mayor, Ed Sullivan, Policeman, Quartet, and more


From Carrie: The Musical, Camille Playhouse 2023. Photo by AMoreno's Photography.

For your audition, please prepare one minute of a musical theater song that shows your vocal range. In the style of the show (or from the show) is preferred. You can sing acapella or by bringing your own track on your phone. 

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