BYE BYE BIRDIE* is one of the most captivating musical shows of our time. It tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. The singer, Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley type, has a pompadour and thick sideburns; he wears gaudy gold costumes and speaks in a rugged voice. Albert Peterson, his agent, is a very pleasant mild mannered young man. Albert's faithful secretary Rose Alvarez keeps him and Birdie moving forward in the world. Rosie concocts one final national publicity plan before Conrad's induction.
Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with an all-American kiss. Kim MacAfee in Sweet Apple, Ohio wins the honor. All of the phones in her town are already busy during The Telephone Hour as Kim has just been pinned to Hugo, a local boy. She is a pretty girl of fifteen and sings with springlike ardor How Lovely to Be a Woman, as she pulls on the plaid woolen socks and the baggy mustard colored sweater considered stylish and popular among young ladies.
Winner of 4 Tony Awards, our production is directed by Shane Tierney, Choreography by Lori Bowen of La Danse Academy, Music Direction by Beth Welch. The cast is as follows:
Albert Peterson – Gregory Strange
Rosie Alvarez – Katie Kelsey
Helen – Kaitlyn McPartlan
Ursula Merkle – Lauren Laverdiere
Kim MacAfee – Kayla Miller and Sara Kuchta
Mrs. Doris MacAfee – Becky Colwell
Mr. Harry MacAfee – Marty Kaspar
Mrs. Mae Peterson – Dona Mullen
Conrad Birdie – Kyle Wynn
Hugo – Andrew Casey
One Girl – Rebekah Kerr
Reporter 1 – Alexander Pritz
Mayor/Understudy Mr. MacAfee – Jake Thomas
Mayor’s Wife –
Mrs. Merkle –
Randolph MacAfee – Hunter Ward
Nancy – Abagail Spengler
Gloria Rasputin –
Ed Sullivan – Roger Barra
Traveler/Reporter 2 – Jacob Dunskis
Mr. Johnson – Antonio Williams
Maude – Jon DeVries
Deborah Sue/ Understudy Ursula – Jordan DePhillips
Chorus: Calista Plodzien, Ella Kalnes, Savannah Bishop, Kristy Kesselring, Tiffany Taylor, Anthony McDonald, Ellen McDonald, Juliann Daletski, Kristin Adams, Nicole Verive, Karianne Dugard, Allen Garcia, and Amanda Shanesy
Tickets for musicals are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, students, active military, and members of the Joliet Drama Guild. Special additional pricing for “Bye Bye, Birdie”: Children 12 years old and younger are only $8 with a paid adult! There is also a group discount for groups of 8 or more, 10% off the ticket price,!
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* Taken from the Tams-Witmark website