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Friday, January 19, 2018

Bradford Little Theatre Announce Audition Dates For "Bye Bye Birdie"

Bradford Little Theatre is holding open auditions for their upcoming production of the beloved musical comedy “Bye, Bye Birdie.” The show which was written by Michael Stewart features music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams. It won four Tony awards, including Best Musical.

BLT’s production will be co-directed by Dani Newman and David Merwine with music direction by Shane Oschman.

Auditions are scheduled for Wednesday, January 24 6:30pm-9pm; Saturday, January 27 10am - 1pm; Thursday, February 1 6:30pm-9pm; and Saturday, February 3 10am-1pm. All auditions will be held at Togi’s Playhouse, 18 Welch Ave, Bradford. The show will be held April 13-15 at BAHS auditorium.

Rock star Conrad Birdie is the biggest thing to top the charts. Women love him, men want to be him, and teenage girls scream at the mere mention of his name. But when the United States Army drafts Birdie, manager Albert Peterson and his longtime love Rose Alvarez hatch a plan: send Conrad to small-town America to plant a goodbye kiss on one lucky fan to be televised on live TV. Their selection of Kim MacAfee sends wholesome Sweet Apple, Ohio, into chaos. Kim’s boyfriend, Hugo, can’t take the humiliation, Rose can’t take another minute of Albert’s devotion to the music business, and Sweet Apple can’t take its teens' riotous “Rock-n-Roll” rebellion. Will Sweet Apple ever be the same?

“Bye Bye Birdie is a family show through and through,” Newman said. “Colorful, cute, and sweet, this classic includes some of the most famous songs in musical theater, including ‘Put On a Happy Face,’ ‘Kids’ and the lively number ‘A Lot of Livin’ to Do.’”

“It’s important that we don’t lose the history of some of the older shows. ‘Bye, Bye Birdie’ is filled with fun music for adults and teenagers alike. It has a 50’s/60’s style which, musically, is well accepted and appreciated by most of the population. This show has wit, charm and a ton of great music,” Oschman said. “I’m excited to help bring this score to life in Bradford.”

At the auditions, participants will be asked to read lines and sing a short vocal selection. If auditioning for a singing role, please come with a prepared number of your choosing on a media device. If auditioning for a specific principal character, please also prepare a musical number sung by that character. Please wear comfortable clothing, as you will be asked to learn a small dance routine.

All persons wishing to audition must be at least 14 years old, unless auditioning for the role of Randolph which is open to boys age 10 and older.

“We have male and female lead roles, supporting and featured roles for adults and teens. There are spoken-only roles, dancing-only roles, comic roles, ensemble chorus roles that don’t require dancing, and more. If you don’t have time to rehearse more than once a week until close to show, we can still use you!” Merwine said.

A huge cast of over 30 members are needed for the show. The principal characters are:

Albert Peterson: The central character of the story, he is the president of Almaelou Music Corp. He is nervous and high-strung, in his 30’s and a tenor.

Rose Alvarez: She is Albert's secretary and girlfriend but dreams of the day when she can adjust his title from “employer” to “hubby.” The role requires a woman who can display a truly strong spirit and a spicy personality. She is 25-30 years old and an alto.

Conrad Birdie: He’s kind of a undesirable sorta’ fellow, rude and arrogant, but he is the rock star and the iconic role of the show. Loosely based on Elvis, this character requires very strong vocals. He is 25-35 years old and a baritone.

Kim MacAfee: She is a 15 teen year old soprano. 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. She is a typical all-American teenage girl of the 1950’s.

Ursula Merkle: She is Kim’s best friend and on an excitement scale of ten, Ursula hits twelve. She is a supporting character, but she has some wonderful moments. She’s a little quirky 15 year old, mezzo soprano with a ton of energy.

Randolph MacAfee: Kim younger brother between 10-14 years old. It’s not a huge role, but it is a visible one. He is a tenor.

Mr. Harry MacAfee: The father of Kim and Randolph, he is a tenor in his 40’s. He’s also a great source of comedy in the production.

Mrs. Doris MacAfee: The mother of Kim and Randolph, she is an alto in her late 30’s or early 40’s.

Hugo Peabody: Kim’s boyfriend, a typical male teen in from the 50’s. This is a speaking role.

Mrs. Mae Peterson: She is Albert’s mother and in her 50’s or 60’s. This is a speaking role.

A full list of characters and more information about the show can be found on BLT’s website or on the groups Facebook page.

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