Bye Bye Birdie

Ages 14-18*
Overnight Camp: July 19-24 at MNU
Performances July 24 at 7 p.m., July 25 at 7 p.m., and July 26 at 2 p.m. at MNU
Auditions: May 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CYT Studios
Callbacks: May 31 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the CYT Studios
*Campers may be 19 if they have just graduated high school in the spring of 2020.
In addition, we ask that campers make every effort to attend the following dates —
Read Through: June 5 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Costume Parade: June 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A musical inspired by the phenomenon of Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army ,with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse. Bye Bye Birdie won the Tony for Best Musical in 1961. Set in 1958, Conrad Birdie has been drafted to the army. As a farewell, the rock and roll star is scheduled to sing Albert Peterson's "One Last Kiss" and kiss a girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio live on the Ed Sullivan Show. However, Conrad's hip-thrusting makes more than one man in town uncomfortable, many of whom attempt to stop the show from happening. Meanwhile, Rosie wonders if Alfred, for whom she does everything, will ever leave his mother's shadow. Many memorable songs from the show include “How Lovely to be a Woman,” “Telephone Hour,” “Put On a Happy Face,” “One Last Kiss,” and “A Lot of Livin’ to Do.”

One parent (or adult family representative) of each camper is required to volunteer as part of a Parent Production Team.
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We will hold auditions for those who would like an opportunity for a role, solo, or featured dancer; however, you do NOT need to audition in order to participate in this camp. Auditions will be held on May 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and callbacks will be held on May 31 from 1 to 6 p.m. Both will occur at the CYT Studios (6800 W. 153rd St. Suite A). Students who choose not to audition will be placed in the ensemble.

Those who wish to audition must prepare a one-minute song, be prepared for a short dance audition, and perform a memorized monologue, which will be posted on this page by early April.

Students MUST provide sheet music to be played by our accompanist. We understand this is a different expectation than a regular season CYT audition; however, as this is a master-level camp, we strive to prepare students for the world beyond CYT. Community and professional theatres typically require those auditioning to provide sheet music for an accompanist to play. An audition for high school camp provides students a chance to practice this skill. If you have never auditioned with an accompanist before, check out THIS ARTICLE written by CYT teacher and parent Michelle Evans and/or THIS VIDEO from Playbill to learn more about preparing your music and interacting with the accompanist.

Students should wear jazz shoes and comfortable/modest clothing for their dance audition. 

Video Submissions: In person auditions are strongly encouraged for the benefit of both you and our directing teams, however, we understand families sometimes have conflicts with our audition dates. If you would like to submit a video audition, you may film a video of your student singing 60 seconds or less of a song of their choice, performing one of the provided monologues (posted on this page by early April), and dancing 60 seconds or less of a choreographed routine. The dance routine should include at least one turn and a demonstration of your flexibility (i.e. kicks or splits). The audition video should be emailed to no later than May 29 by 5:00 p.m. 

Character Breakdown:

Albert Peterson - Male, age 30-40. The central character of the story, a poet and former aspiring English teacher who was lured into the music business after penning a hit for Conrad Birdie. Peterson is neurotic, weak and easily manipulated by his mother. Vocal part: Bass-Baritone.
Rose Alvarez - Female, age 30-40. Albert's secretary and long-suffering significant other, loathed by Albert's mother. Vocal part: Mezzo-Soprano.
Kim MacAfee - Female, age 15-17. A precocious teenage girl from Sweet Apple, outgoing president of the Conrad Birdie Fan Club who is on the cusp of giving up her fandom when she is chosen to receive his last kiss. Vocal part: Soprano.
Conrad Birdie - Female, age 20-25. A rock and roll superstar with an implied checkered past and an unpredictable personality who is drafted into the Armed Forces. Vocal part: Baritone.
Randolph MacAfee - Kim's younger brother, who idolizes his father. Vocal part: Baritone.
Harry MacAfee - Kim and Randolph's befuddled and bad-tempered father, a World War II veteran and strong conservative utterly dismayed at the Baby Boomer generation. Vocal part: Baritone.
Doris MacAfee - Kim and Randolph's mother. Vocal part: Mezzo-Soprano.
Mae Peterson - Albert's racist, manipulative and melodramatic widowed mother, who is remarkably effective at the art of the guilt trip. Non-singing.
Hugo Peabody - Kim's seemingly strait-laced new boyfriend. Non-singing.
Ursula Merkle - Kim's hyperactive best friend and next-door neighbor, a Conrad Birdie enthusiast. Vocal part: Mezzo-Soprano.
Gloria Rasputin - A tap dancer who hopes to be Albert's new secretary, whom Mae brings to Albert, hoping he will choose her over Rosie. Non-singing.
Helen, Alice, Deborah Sue, Nancy, Penelope, Suzie, Margie - Sweet Apple teenagers who are friends of Kim's, and Conrad Birdie enthusiasts; they perform solos in "Telephone Hour". Vocal part: Varied.
Harvey Johnson - A nerdy teenage boy who performs a few parts in "Telephone Hour.” Vocal part: Baritone.
Fred and Karl - Sweet Apple teenagers. Vocal parts: Tenor/Baritone/Bass.
Charles Maude - Owner of Maude's Roadside Retreat, second tenor in male quartet, and member of the adult ensemble. Vocal part: Tenor.
Mrs. Merkle - Ursula's mother. Vocal part: Mezzo-Soprano.
Mr. Johnson - Harvey's father.
The Mayor - The mayor of Sweet Apple. Non-singing.
The Mayor's Wife (Edna) - The repressed wife of the mayor; she comedically faints multiple times during Conrad Birdie's performance of "Honestly Sincere". Non-singing.
Dishwasher/Bar Patrons - Three members of the quartet, with Maude; they perform solos in "Baby, Talk to Me".
Ensemble - Reporters, Policemen, Teens, Adults. Lots of fun songs and dances!

Current Camps:

Camp: Age: Chapter: Location: Start: End:
High School Drama Camp - Much Ado About Nothing 14-19 Master Class CYTKC Studios Jul 06 Jul 12
High School Overnight Camp - Bye Bye Birdie 14-18 Master Class Mid-America Nazarene University Jul 19 Jul 26
Middle School Overnight Camp - Xanadu JR 11-14 Master Class Mid-America Nazarene University Jul 27 Aug 01
XTREME - Marvel vs. DC: Civil War Crisis 10-16 South CYT Studios Jun 22 Jun 26
XTREME - Star Wars: Legends of the Extended Universe 10-16 South CYT Studios Jun 15 Jun 19
XTREME: Super Smash Bros. Universe: Worlds Collide 10-16 South CYT Studios Jul 13 Jul 17