Bye Bye Birdie rehearsal photos

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Here are some rehearsal photos from Bye Bye Birdie which I conducted at McIntyre Hall (Mount Vernon, WA) in November 2007.

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This was what I called the “keyboard army”. We had three keyboardists covering piano, strings and percussion bell parts. I opted use synth strings in favor of having a full sax and horn section. The music for Bye Bye Birdie at the time was supposed to sound rock, but it’s really more of a big band Broadway type sound.

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Full cast rehearsal with partial orchestra at a local gymnasium. Note to self, orchestra rehearsals do not work well in gymnasiums

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First run-throughs with the pit orchestra.

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I think this is one of the orchestra members, Kyle, playing video games…

Lamont Cranston

 

In the musical Bye Bye Birdie there is a line where the father character Harry McAfee says “Call the Shadow. Look him up under Lamont Cranston.” An orchestra member asked me who Lamont Cranston was and I didn’t know – so here’s everything you wanted to know about Lamont Cranston.

Lamont Cranston was one of the alter-egos of THE SHADOW. Just like Superman had a real world identity of Clark Kent.

ABOUT ALTER EGO LAMONT CRANSTON

In print, The Shadow was born Kent Allard, a famed aviator. During World War I, Allard was both a flying ace and a spy who fought for the French, and known by the alias of The Black Eagle (“The Shadow’s Shadow”), although later stories claim his alias was The Dark Eagle (“The Shadow Unmasks”). After the war, Allard sought a new challenge, and decided to wage war on criminals, rather that simply remain a pilot or return to the military (also revealed in “The Shadow Unmasks”). He faked a plane crash and Allard’s death in the South American tropical jungles. He then returned to the United States, arriving in New York City and adopting numerous identities to cloak his return.

One of these was Lamont Cranston, “wealthy young man about town.” In fact, Cranston was a separate character; Allard frequently disguised himself as Cranston and adopted his identity (see the stories “The Shadow Laughs” and “The Shadow Unmasks”). While Cranston traveled the world, Allard assumed his identity in New York. In their first meeting, with Allard/The Shadow in bed recovering from wounds, he threatens Cranston, saying that he has arranged to switch signatures on various documents and other means that will allow him to take over the Lamont Cranston identity entirely unless Cranston agrees to allow Allard to impersonate him when he is abroad. Cranston agrees. The two men sometimes meet in order to impersonate each other (see Crime over Miami). Apparently, the disguise worked well because Allard and Cranston bore something of a resemblance to each other (see “Dictator of Crime.”)

ABOUT THE SHADOW

The Shadow is a fictional character created by Walter B. Gibson in 1931 in a semimonthly series of pulp magazines. The first story was titled “The Living Shadow”. The character is one of the most famous of the pulp heroes of the 1930s and 1940s — made most famous through a popular radio series in which The Shadow was originally played by Orson Welles. The Shadow has also been featured in comic books, comic strips, television, and at least seven motion pictures. Still, The Shadow is most highly regarded for its radio years, in which pulp crime fiction received perhaps its most compelling broadcast interpretation.

Even after decades, the unmistakable introduction from The Shadow, intoned by announcer Frank Readick, has earned a place in the American idiom: “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!”

The haunting theme song, played on an organ, was “Le Rouet d’Omphale” (Omphale’s Spinning Wheel) by Saint-Saens.

Bye Bye Birdie Nov. 16-25 2007

Mount Vernon, WA – META Performing Arts presents Bye Bye Birdie November 16-25, 2007 at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon, WA. Come down to the orchestra pit and say hello!

SHOWTIMES:
Fri Nov 16 – 7:30
Sat Nov 17 – 7:30
Sun Nov 18 – 2pm

Fri Nov 23 – 7:30
Sat Nov 24 – 2pm and 7:30
Sun Nov 25 – 2pm

Bye Bye Birdie is a Tony Award-winning musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse.

Bye Bye Birdie 2007 Cast

 

Cast list and production credits for META Performing Arts presentation of Bye Bye Birdie in November 2007 at McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon, WA.

PRODUCTION STAFF

Producer – Kate Kypuros
Assistant Producer – Kristin Jensen
Director – Tracy Petersen
Assistant Director – Mia Calderon
Stage Manager – Ryn Bishop
Vocal Director – Lynette McCormack
Orchestra Conductor – Conrad Askland
Choreographer – John Farrey
Dance Captain – Lauren Riley
Set Designer – Elizabeth Haba
Costume Director – Kathy Gildnes
Lighting Designer – Don Wilcutts
Sound Designer – Kyle Blevins
Fly Captain – Dave Mumford and Karen Pauley
Graphic Design – Kristin Jensen
Photography – Eric Hall and Gary Brown
Rehearsal Pianist – Lauren Lippens
Make-up and Hair – Suzanne Aguilar, Keira Grech and Chelsea Koenig
Costumes – Maura Marlin, Mae Louise Dopps, Barbara Schildts and Gloria McDonald
Set and Prop Build – Elizabeth Haba, Clare Tatarsky, Don Wilcutts, Maura Marlin and Mike Marlin
Sound – Milton Grambo, Mardi Holt, Alex Kypuros and Robert Campbell
Spot – Paul Thelan

ORCHESTRA

Conductor – Conrad Askland
Trumpet I – Cindy Luna
Trumpet II – Nathaniel Voth
Horn – Amanda McDaniel
Trombone – Rob Queisser
Clarinet, Sax – Thomas Harris
Alto Sax – Kyle McInnis
Clarinet, Tenor Sax – Michelle Hanna
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bari Sax – Rebecca Wright
Flute – Linda Slone
Cello – Joe Bischel
Cello – Sharon Sparling
Bass – Marilyn Parman
Bass – Peter Bridgman
Keyboards – Ruth Haines
Piano – Brianne Weaver
Keyboards – Daisy Stewart
Guitar – Luke Hansen
Timpani – Dave Lyon
Drums – Stephanie Straight

BYE BYE BIRDIE CAST

Rosie Alvarez – Sarah Simmons
Albert Peterson – Dustin Moore
Conrad Birdie – Alex Hollingsworth
Kim Macafee – Demi Fair
Mr. Harry Macafee – Clarence Holden
Mrs. Doris Macafee – Cally Johnson
Randolph Macafee – Michael Giles
Mrs. Mae Peterson – Kris Hemenway
Ursula Merkle – Zoey Kypuros
Hugo Peabody – Matthew Thompson
Gloria Rasputian – Sandra Petersen
Mr. Mayor – Andy Golub
Mrs. Mayor – Suzie Clark
Mrs. Merkle – Robin Luif
Alice – Havalah Raven
Deborah Sue – Corinn Holberg
Margie – Eve Berrington
Nancy – Madison Wagoner
Harvey – Jake Updegraff
Bartender Maude – Douglas Zwick

FEATURED DANCERS

Kayla Golub
Alisha Anderson
Alexa McNeal
Courtney Holberg

SHRINERS

Dan Denny
Andy Golub
Geoff Arthur
Bill Waldron
Ron McCarty

Sad Girl – Lauren Reilly

TEEN CHORUS

Conner Crosby
Darah King
DJ Walker
Jasmine Zell
Jessica Pauley
Kelli Bates
Savannah Dills
Alexander Pedroza
Mckenzie Willis

PRETEEN CHORUS

Falon Sierra
Kadin Zenonian
Katie Arthur
Kayla Malcolm
MaKayla Haigh
Olivia Pedroza
Kari Tarabochia
Abigail Ferguson

ADULT CHORUS

Christina South
Germaine Kornegay
Laura Stewart
Vicki McCarty
Ron McCarty
Bill Waldron

Bye Bye Conrad

Inside cover of Bye Bye Birdie Program – November, 2007

For two and a half years, local music and theatre communities have benefitted from the talents of Conrad Askland. Conrad is the consummate professional: creative, precise, able to balance high expectations with encouraging words and humor.

“Bye Bye Birdie” will be Conrad’s final show in the Skagit Valley for the next few years as he heads out to the far horizons of another continent and culture.

“Friends of Conrad Askland” contributed to a co-sponsorship of “Bye Bye Birdie” as a tribute to the man who has given so much to our community.

Alex Hollingsworth
Andy and Donna Golub
Barbara Askland
Bryan and Kathryn Kay
Cally Johnson
Carol Ann Askland
Clarence Holden
Dan Denny
Dr. Gary Brown
Elfa Gisla
Geoff and Susan Arthur
Kate Kypuros
Kyle Blevins
Jerry Moa
Lindsey and Joe Bowen
Lynette McCormack
Lynn and Frank Handi
Stewart and Lacey Woods

Ann Margret

 

One of Ann Margret’s breakout roles was playing Kim McAfee in Bye Bye Birdie (1963). She’s still touring and going strong. Visit her official website at http://www.ann-margret.com .

Original lobby card for Bye Bye Birdie:

Ann Margret with Elvis on the set of Viva Las Vegas 

ANN MARGRET DISCOGRAPHY

And Here She Is
Ann-Margret’s first long-player from RCA, 1961. Jazzy orchestra conducted by Marty Paich.

On The Way Up
On The Way Up, her second album, was recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville on RCA in 1962. It has one “rock” side, and one “ballad” side. Produced by Chet Atkins and Dick Pierce.

The Vivacious One
Recorded in 1962 on RCA, the album compiles the best of Ann-Margret’s two early albums. Produced by Dick Pierce, arranged and conducted by Bob Florence and H.B. Barnum.

3 Great Girls
A compilation on RCA recorded in 1962. Ann-Margret, Kitty Kallen and Della Reeves do four songs each.

Bachelor’s Paradise
Recorded on RCA in 1963. Orchestra conducted by Hank Levine, produced by Steve Shoals.

Beauty And The Beard
Recorded in 1964 on RCA. Ann-Margret teams up with New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt. Orchestra arranged and conducted by Marty Paich, produced by Steve Shoals.

Songs From The Swinger And Other Swingin’ Songs
Recorded on RCA in 1966. Songs from the film “The Swinger”. Arranged and conducted by Marty Paich, produced by Al Schmitt and Neely Plumb.

The Cowboy And The Lady
Country LP from 1969 recorded in Nashville. Produced by Lee Hazlewood.

Hits And Rarities
A great danish compilation album developed in 1990 on Teenager Records.

Hits And Rarities Vol. 2
Danish compilation album developed in 1992 on Teenager Records.

Lovely Ann-Margret – Hits and Rarities
A Belgian compilation CD developed by Marginal Records in 1995.

Let Me Entertain You
A rather mellow American CD compilation from 1996. 21 of Ann-Margret’s early “sexy” hits.

Ann-Margret 1961-1966
A fantastic 5-CD boxed set from German re-issue label Bear Family. This has it all, really. Everything she recorded with RCA including some never before realeased tracks. Also included are some songs from various soundtracks. It comes with a 72 page deluxe 4-colour book the size of an LP. It has full session details and lots of great pictures. A must!

Viva Rock Vegas
As Fred Flintstone might say, “Let’s Rock!” The Flintstones in “Viva Rock Vegas” is an over-the-cop family comedy but its soundtrack is a rock ‘n’ roll archeologist’s Olduvai Gorge. From the blues of B.B. King to the scorching rockabilly of Johnny Burnette & his Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio, from Bill Haley and his Comets and Jimmy Cavello and his House Rockers to long-forgotten honky-tonker Moon Mullican, The Flinstones In Viva Rock Vegas (Hip-O Records) released April 25, 2000, is a rock ‘n’ roll mammoth.

But the Viva Rock Vegas is hardly dinosaur rock. Also featured are ’90 artists such as rockin’ eccentric Rev. Horton Heat, country rocker Robbie Fulks and blues belter Susan Tedeschi. Add ’80’s roots rockers Nick Lowe and Donnie Iris and Viva Rock Vegaa qualifies as a lesson in musical geology.

Also included are selections performed by score composer David Newman (1998 Academy Award nominee for Anastasia) and one of the film’s stars, Alan Cumming (Tony Award winner for Cabaret).

Yet, the highlight may be Ann-Margret’s “Viva Las Vegas (Viva Rock Vegas).” Originally sung by Elvis Presley for the 1964 film “Viva Las Vegas,” the song has been reworked for this film for Ann-Margret, the voice and inspiration for the character of Ann-Margrock in the original “Flintstones” animated TV series of the ’60’s. The track also spotlights a special performance by James Burton, Elvis’ greatest guitar player.

ANN MARGRET FILMOGRAPHY

Ann-Margret has dazzled screen and stage audiences as few entertainers in our time. With her film debut in Frank Capra’s final classic, “Pocketful of Miracles,” in 1962, to the soon to be released Oliver Stone directed “On Any Sunday” with Al Pacino, Ann-Margret’s film career has spanned four decades. Displaying a versatility that few actresses can match has earned her love and admiration, not just for her beauty and her legend, but for herself. Come behind the scenes for glimpses into over 50 films, including “Viva Las Vegas” with Elvis Presley, her Academy Award Nominated roles in “Tommy” and “Carnal Knowledge,” and many memorable moments.

“10th Kingdom, The” (2000) (mini) TV Series …. Queen           Cinderella
“Perfect Murder, Perfect Town” (2000) (mini) TV Series           Patsy’s Mother

10th Kingdom: The Making of an Epic, The (2000)          Cinderella

Last Producer, The (2000) Not Released Yet

Any Given Sunday (1999) …. Margaret Pagniacci
Happy Face Murders (1999) (TV) …. Lorraine

Limey, The (1999) (uncredited) (scenes deleted)

Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story (1998) (TV) …. Pamela Harriman … aka Life of the Party: Pamela Harriman (1998) (TV)

“Four Corners” (1998/I) TV Series …. Amanda Wyatt

Blue Rodeo (1996) (TV) …. Maggie Yearwood

Seduced by Madness (1996) (TV) …. Diane Borchardt
… aka Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story (1996) (TV)

Grumpier Old Men (1995) …. Ariel Gustafson
… aka Grumpy Old Men 2 (1995)

Following Her Heart (1994) (TV) …. Lena

“Scarlett” (1994) (mini) TV Series …. Belle Watling

Nobody’s Children (1994) (TV) …. Carol Stevens

“Queen” (1993) (mini) TV Series …. Sally Jackson
… aka “Alex Haley’s Queen” (1993) (mini)

Grumpy Old Men (1993) …. Ariel Truax

Newsies (1992) …. Medda Larkson
… aka Newsboys (1992)

Our Sons (1991) (TV) …. Luanne Barnes
… aka Too Little, Too Late (1991) (TV)

New Life, A (1988) …. Jackie

Two Mrs. Grenvilles, The (1987) (TV) …. Ann Arden

Tiger’s Tale, A (1987) …. Rose

52 Pick-Up (1986) …. Barbara Mitchell

That’s Dancing! (1985) (archive footage)

Twice in a Lifetime (1985) …. Audrey Minelli

Streetcar Named Desire, A (1984) (TV) …. Blanche DuBois

Who Will Love My Children? (1983) (TV) …. Lucile Fray

I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982) …. Stephanie

Lookin’ to Get Out (1982) …. Patti Warner

Return of the Soldier, The (1982) …. Jenny Baldry

Middle Age Crazy (1980) …. Sue Ann
… aka Heartfarm (1980)

Villain, The (1979) …. Charming Jones
… aka Cactus Jack (1979)

Cheap Detective, The (1978) …. Jezebel Dezire
… aka Snacka om deckare, alltsÃ¥! (1978)

Magic (1978) …. Peggy Ann Snow

Last Remake of Beau Geste, The (1977) …. Flavia Geste

Joseph Andrews (1977) …. Lady Booby

Tommy (1975) …. Nora Walker Hobbs
… aka Tommy by ‘The Who’ (1975) (USA:
… aka Who’s Tommy, The (1975)

Folies bourgeoises (1975) …. Charlie Minerva
… aka Pazzi borghesi (1975) (Italy)
… aka Twist, The (1975)
… aka Verrückten Reichen, Die (1976) (West Germany)

Funerale a Los Angeles (1973) …. Nancy Robson
… aka Outside Man, The (1973)
… aka Un homme est mort (1973) (France)

Train Robbers, The (1973) …. Mrs. Lilly Lowe

Carnal Knowledge (1971) …. Bobbie

C.C. and Company (1970) …. Ann McCalley
… aka Chrome Hearts (1970) (video title)

R.P.M. (1970) …. Rhoda

Profeta, Il (1968) …. Maggie
… aka Mr. Kinky (1968)
… aka Prophet, The (1968)

Rebus (1968) …. Singer
… aka Crimen también juega, El (1969) (Spain: dubbed version)
… aka Heißes Spiel für harte Männer (1968) (West Germany)

Sette uomini e un cervello (1967)
… aka Criminal Affair (1967) (USA)
… aka Criminal Symphony (1967)
… aka Seven Men and One Brain (1967)

Tigre, Il (1967) …. Carolina
… aka Tiger and the Pussycat, The (1967)

Murderers’ Row (1966) …. Suzie Solaris

Made in Paris (1966) …. Maggie Scott

Stagecoach (1966) …. Dallas

Swinger, The (1966) …. Kelly Olsson

Cincinnati Kid, The (1965) …. Melba

Once a Thief (1965) …. Kristine Pedak
… aka Tueurs de San Francisco, Les (1965) (France)

Bus Riley’s Back in Town (1965) …. Laurel

Made In Paris (1965) (uncredited) …. Herself (wardrobe test footage)

Viva Las Vegas (1964) …. Rusty Martin
… aka Love in Las Vegas (1964)

Kitten with a Whip (1964) …. Jody Dvorak

Pleasure Seekers, The (1964) …. Fran Hobson

Bye Bye Birdie (1963) …. Kim McAfee

State Fair (1962) …. Emily Porter

Pocketful of Miracles (1961) …. Louise

Musician Openings for Bye Bye Birdie

Musicians still needed for Bye Bye Birdie. Show is produced by META Performing Arts and will run at McIntyre Hall later November 2007. Show dates and details are at http://www.conradaskland.com/blog/2007/07/bye-bye-birdie-musician-page/

MUSICIAN SPOTS STILL OPEN:

  1. Timpani/Percussion
  2. Drums (Trap Set)
  3. Alto Sax
  4. Trombone II
  5. Trumpet III

Contact Conrad if interested in auditioning. We will have a full pit orchestra for this production.

Bye Bye Birdie – Chorus Vocal Notes

Notes for Bye Bye Birdie chorus parts.

“ED SULLIVAN” song – At “C” where full chorus enters, the high notes for the altos are a bit extreme (up to F). Would recommend splitting sopranos and have 2nd sopranos cover alto part, then switch altos to tenor part. The high Ab notes in the soprano can easily sound shrill and overpower other parts – be careful and selective in which singers you have go for the top notes on this song.

Bye Bye Birdie 2007 Cast List

Cast list for META Performing Arts production of Bye Bye Birdie at McIntyre Hall, Skagit Valley College.

CONRAD BIRDIE Al Hollingsworth

ALBERT PETERSON DUSTIN MOORE

ROSE ALVAREZ SARAH SIMMONS

KIM MACAFEE DEMI FAIR

MRS. MACAFEE CALLY JOHNSON

MR. MACAFEE CLARENCE HOLDEN

RANDOLPH MICHAEL GILES

MRS. PETERSON KRIS HEMENWAY

URSULA ZOEY KYPUROS

HUGO MATTHEW THOMPSON

DEBORAH SUE To be determined

ALICE HAVALAH CALDERON

HARVEY NATHAN HAMER

SAD GIRL/DANCE CAPTAIN LAUREN RILEY

MAYOR ANDY GOLUB

MAYOR’S WIFE AMANDA CURTIS

MRS. MERKLE ROBIN LUIF

PHONE QUARTET (Nancy, Helen,Alice, Margie) PAIGE WOODS, SAVANNA WOODS, HAVALAH CALDERON, CORINN HOLBERG

TOWN’S FOLK GERMAINE KORNEGAY, CHRISTINA SOUTH, JAKE UPDEGRAFF, NICOLE TREPUS

TEEN CHORUS/ CHARACTER ROLES

JASMINE ZELL

CONNOR CROSBY

COURTNEY HOLBERG

SARA HOLDEN

MELISSA HOLDEN

EVE BERRINGTON

MADISON WAGONER

McKENZIE WILLIS

KELLI BATES

ALICIA CERNY

SAVANNAH DILLS

ALEXANDER PREDROZA

CATHERINE SOUTH

JESSICA PAULEY

FEATURED DANCERS AND TEEN CHORUS

ALISHA ANDERSON

KAYLAH GOLUB

ALEXA MCNEAL

NATE HAMER

PRETEEN CHORUS

KAYLA MALCOLM

DARA KING,

KATIE ARTHUR,

OLIVIA PEDROZA,

MAKAYLA HAIGH,

KADIN ZENONIAN,

ABIGAIL FERGUSON,

FALON SIERRA,

KARI TARABOCHIA

SHRINER RYAN MOWER

GLORIA RASPUTIN to be determined

MAUDE and quartet/shriners to be determined

Bye Bye Birdie Trivia

Thank you to Harlan for sending me this trivia on Bye Bye Birdie.

  • The name Conrad Birdie was a play off of the name Conway Twitty, who at the time was more of a rock-and-roller than a country singer.
  • The location of “Sweet Apple, Ohio” was inspired by lyricist Lee Adams hometown of Mansfield, Ohio.
  • Paul Lynde, who played Harry MacAfee, was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Ohio, just south of Mansfield.
  • Famous alumni of Bye Bye Birdie include Tommy Tune, Steve Zahn, Doris Roberts, Rue McClanahan, Gary Sandy, Randy Jones of the Village People, Marc Kudisch, Rachel Bilson, Jeff Trachta, Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, Paul Lynde, Ann-Margret, Bobby Rydell, Jason Alexander, Vanessa L. Williams, Chynna Phillips, George Wendt, and Tyne Daly.
  • Gregory Gai played Conrad Birdie in the 2005 Justin-Siena Theater rendition of Bye-Bye Birdie. At 6’3″ (6’6″ in his three-inch heels), he was the tallest Conrad Birdie in the show’s history.
  • Bye Bye Birdie is often parodied on cartoons, including a “Telephone Hour” parody in Family Guy episode “Petarded” and a “Kids” parody in The Simpsons.
  • Put on a Happy Face was used by Wal-Mart in the 2000s for an advertising campaign with its smiley logo.
  • Rose Alvarez, who hails from Allentown, Pennsylvania in the play plot, is not the only Broadway character to hail from Allentown. In the plot of 42nd Street, up-and-coming Broadway star Peggy Sawyer also is from Allentown.

Bye Bye Birdie – Musician Page

This is the official musician info page for META Performing Arts production of Bye Bye Birdie at McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon, WA 2007.
NEWS
09/26/07 – Scores are in. Pick up at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, 15th and Broadway. 9am-4pm Mon-Fri.
BYE BYE BIRDIE ORCHESTRATION

Violins – closed RH (keys)

Cello 1 – closed Joe Bichsel
Cello 2 – closed SS

Bass – closed PB

*NOTE* – We will split reed parts up dependent on what players can double on.*

Reed Ia: Alto Saxophone – closed KM
Reed Ib: Clarinet,
Reed Ic: Flute & Piccolo – closed LS
Reed II: Alto Saxophone – Thomas Harris
Reed II: Clarinet – open
Reed III: Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – closed MH
Reed IV: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone – closed RW

Horn – closed AM
Trumpets I – closed CL
Trumpet II – closed NV
Trumpet III – cut
Trombone I – RQ
Trombone II – cut

Piano – closed LL

Keyboard II – closed KK
Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Chimes (from percussion part)

Percussion I: – open – MEH? unconfirmed
* Timpani (2 drums), * Tambourine, * Timbales, * Gran Cassa, * Snare Drum Case, * Suspended Cymbal, * Castanets, * Gourd, * Cowbell

Percussion II: – closed DB
* Trap drum set-
o Bass Drum
o Snare Drum & Rack Tom
o Floor Tom
o various Cymbals
+ hi-hat
+ crash
+ ride
+ finger
o Wood Blocks (2)
o Bongos
o Large Military Snare Drum
o Gong
o Gunshot
* Kazoo (or Ratchet)

Both percussion players use Piatti, Triangle and Ratchet

1 Guitar-Banjo – closed LH
(Banjo for “Overture A”; Electric Bass for “Telephone Hour” and “One Hundred Ways – Ballet” only)

A special Keyboard Synthesizer part is available, when the complete orchestration is used, at an additional charge. It may be substituted for the 3 violin and 2 cello parts.

SHOWS
McIntyre Hall – Mount Vernon, WA

Nov 16 Friday 7:30
Nov 17 Saturday 7:30
Nov 18 Sunday 2pm
Nov 23 Friday 7:30
Nov 24 Saturday 2pm and 7:30
Nov 25 Sunday 2pm

REHEARSALS
Sat Oct 13 – 2pm-5pm – Orchestra – MVPres Church
Tue Oct 16 – 9-11pm – Rhythm section only (drum, guitar, keys) – MVPres Church
Sun Oct 21 – 1pm-5pm – Orchestra – MVPres Church
Sat Oct 27 – 1pm-5pm – Orchestra – MVPres Church
Thurs Nov 1 – 6-10pm – Music only w/cast – MVPres Church – Good Shepherd Hall
Sat Nov 3 – 1pm-5pm – MVPres Church
Thurs Nov 8 – 6-10pm – Run thru w/cast – MVPres Church – Good Shepherd Hall
Wed Nov 14 – 6-11pm – Tech with Orchestra – Load in starts 5pm. McIntyre Hall.
Thurs Nov 15 – 6-11pm – Dress Rehearsal McIntyre Hall.

SCORES
Scores in 9/26 – pick up at MV Pres Church. 15th and Broadway, Mount Vernon -9am-4pm.

Bye Bye Birdie Graphics

Bye Bye Birdie plot overview and logo reference graphics. “We Love You Conrad, Oh Yes We Do….” – never in the history of Western music has a pen turned such sublime lyrics.

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BYE BYE BIRDIE GRAPHICS

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ABOUT BYE BYE BIRDIE

he worst possible thing has happened! Conrad Birdie, the biggest singing sensation of the 1960’s has been drafted! Teenie-boppers all over the country are crying and fainting at the thought! Before he heads off to the army, his manager has cooked up the ultimate publicity stunt: Conrad will kiss one randomly chosen member of his fan club goodbye on a live broadcast of The Ed Sullivan Show after singing his latest hit “One Last Kiss”. Little does Kim MacAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio know that her life is about to change forever when she will be the lucky girl chosen to receive the nationally-televised kiss.

Thus begins the story of Bye, Bye Birdie. A hilarious look back at the bygone decade where easy listening pop music was being overtaken by rock and roll. It is no accident that Bye, Bye Birdie is following on the heels of Forever Plaid at the Round Barn Theatre. In terms of musical progression, Birdie picks up where Plaid leaves off. Step aside Perry Como and Bing Crosby. Elvis Presley and the Beatles are about to leave their footprints in the concrete of popular music, much to the chagrin of parents all across America. They think rock and roll signals the downfall of society and will be the ruination of teenagers everywhere. Kim MacAfee’s parents are no different. Her father, Harry, makes it perfectly clear that his daughter will absolutely, positively NOT get involved with the project. That is, until Birdie’s manager, Albert Peterson, mentions the two magic words that change Harry’s mind forever: Ed Sullivan.

Both Forever Plaid and Bye, Bye Birdie employ the one constant force between these two types of music: The Ed Sullivan Show. From 1948 until 1971, Ed Sullivan used his variety show to bring emerging musical trends to the forefront while also showcasing the tried and true favorites of his viewing audience. His uncanny ability to locate and showcase new talent kept him on the air for 23 years and the prime topic of conversation every Monday morning at the water cooler as well as homeroom. He cultivated his broad audience by bringing featuring artists like Itzhak Perlman and Rudolf Nureyev alongside Buster Keaton, Bob Hope and Henny Youngman. Kate Smith, Beverly Sills and Mahalia Jackson sang on his show, but so did Elvis, The Bealtes and The Rolling Stones. He exposed a generation of viewers to everything that American culture had to offer in the fields of art and entertainment. The likes of his show had never been seen before or since and will likely never be seen again. It is no wonder that Harry MacAfee was instantly changed and the mere mention of being on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Bye Bye Birdie’s creative team, Charles Strouse (composer), Lee Adams (lyricist) and Michael Stewart (librettist), make no effort to hide the fact the story parodies Elvis Presley’s rise to fame and his eventual stint in the Army. However, the name Conrad Birdie is actually a play-off of Conway Twitty, who, at the time the show was written, was a rock and roller, not yet a country singer. Imitation, as they say is the sincerest form of flattery, and it is all in good fun. When the show opened on Broadway in 1960, it was a send-up of what was current popular culture, but because of its timeless themes, it is just as popular today as a fun look at days gone by. The original cast included Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera and Paul Lynde, all of whom went on to star in the film version of the show. Charles Nelson Reilly was in the ensemble and was the standby for Dick Van Dyke.

Scenes and Musical Numbers

Act I
Overture – Teen Chorus
Scene 1
Office of Almaelou Music, New York
An English Teacher – Rosie
Scene 2
Sweet Apple, Ohio
The Telephone Hour – Teen Chorus
Scene 3
Macafee Home, Sweet Apple
How Lovely to be a Woman- Kim
Scene 4
Pennsylvania Station, New York
Put on a Happy Face – Albert
A Healthy, Normal, American Boy – Albert, Rosie, Company
Scene 5
Railroad Station, Sweet Apple
One Boy – Kim, Rosie
Scene 6
Courthouse Steps
Honestly Sincere – Conrad, Company
Scene 7
Macafee Home
Hymn for a Sunday Evening (Ed Sullivan) – The Macafees, Company
Scene 8
Stage and Backstage Office, Central Movie Theatre, Sweet Apple
Scene 9
Stage Central Movie Theatre, Sweet Apple
One Last Kiss- Conrad

Act II
Scene 1
Macafee Home
What Did I Ever See in Him- Rosie, Kim
Scene 2
Street Outside Macafee Home
A Lot Of Livin’ To Do – Conrad, Teen Chorus
Kids – Mr. and Mrs. Macafee
Scene 3
Maude’s Roadside Retreat
Baby, Talk to Me – Albert, Male Quartet
Scene 4
Back Door, Maude’s Roadside Retreat
Scene 5
Ice House
An English Teacher Reprise – Rosie
Spanish Rose – Rosie
Scene 6
Sweet Apple Railroad Station
Rosie – Albert, Rosie