Chaska Valley Family Theatre will hold auditions for their summer production of Bye Bye Birdie in mid-May.
Rose Alvarez is a secretary at Almaelou Music Corp, working with her on-again off-again boyfriend and boss, Albert Peterson. Albert’s teen-heartthrob client, Conrad Birdie, has been drafted and as a publicity event Rose and Albert plan for Conrad to kiss one lucky fan before heading off to the army.
Kim MacAfee has just agreed to go steady with Hugo Peabody when she gets a once in a lifetime phone call: she has been selected to be kissed by Conrad Birdie! Albert, Rose, Conrad, and even Albert’s over-bearing mother come to Kim’s hometown to publicize the kiss. The New York guests shake up the small Ohio town.
Bye Bye Birdie will be directed by Anna Olson, and choreographed by Kate McCall.
Where: Chaska Community Center (1661 Park Ridge Dr, Chaska, MN 55318)
When: Monday, May 13, and Tuesday, May 14, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. (last audition slot begins at 8:30). Callbacks will be held Thursday, May 16, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. You will be contacted if chosen for a callback.
Visit our TheatreForms page to sign up for an audition time slot. Or, if you’d prefer – scroll to the very bottom of this listing for a link to a hard copy audition form to complete and bring along with you (jot any potential rehearsal conflicts on the back). Please note – if you fill out the electronic form there is no need to print and fill out the general audition form. Parents of auditioners ages 17 and under should also complete and bring this form: CVFT CHILD AUDITION AGREEMENT FORM - Parents of 17 and under.
Auditions for Bye Bye Birdie will consist of singing and dancing. For the singing audition, you will need to prepare approximately 30-40 seconds of an upbeat musical theatre song. The section you choose should showcase your singing abilities, and your ability to “act” the song. You will sing in front of the Director, Vocal Director, and one or two other production staff members. A pianist will be provided, so please bring piano music with cuts clearly marked. If you need help choosing a song, there will be some familiar, classic audition song selections available at the registration table. Vocal auditions will not take place in a group format.
For the dance audition, wear comfortable (but not baggy) clothes. If you have tap and/or jazz shoes please bring them, but tennis shoes are fine as well. You will learn a short routine as a group and audition in a group setting.
Please note, voice range information is not available for all characters, but this does not mean that they are non-singing roles (except where noted).
Rose Alvarez (Adult, F#3-C5, dancer) – Intelligent, feisty, principal dancer, triple-threat
Albert Peterson (Adult, A#2-F#4) – Neurotic, mama’s boy, romantic, crooner (tap/soft shoe)
Kim MacAfee (Teen, G3-G#5) – Bright-eyed, dreamer, rebellious
Conrad Birdie (Older Teen/Young Adult, G#2-F#4) – Rock star, suave, sensual, “Elvis”
Mrs. Mae Peterson (Adult) – Overbearing, manipulative, comedic, Albert’s mother, non-singing
Hugo Peabody (Teen) – Naïve, innocent, jealous, Kim’s steady
Mrs. Doris MacAfee (Adult, A#3-F5) – Level-headed, devoted, mother to Kim and Randolph
Mr. Harry MacAfee (Adult, C3-E4) – Excitable, neurotic, comedic, father to Kim and Randolph
Randolph MacAfee (Child, D3-D4) – Optimistic, energetic, younger brother
Ursula Merkle (Teen, D4-F5) – Over-excitable, screechy, obsessed with Birdie
Margie (Teen, D4-F5)
Penelope Ann (Teen)
Deborah Sue (Teen, D4-F5)
Harvey Johnson (Teen, D3-F#4)
Gloria Rasputin (Adult) – Ditsy, loud, obnoxious
Charles F. Maude (Adult) – Bartender/owner, part of male quartet
Other Male Quartet Members
Ed Sullivan’s Voice
Other teen parents
REHEARSAL & PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, May 28, 2019, and will typically be held Monday through Friday evenings at Chaska Community Center (Tech Week schedule TBD). Ten performances will run from Thursday, July 25, 2019 - Sunday, August 4, 2019. Visit CVFT.org for more information and a detailed show schedule.
GENERAL CVFT AUDITION INFORMATION
Auditions are open; family involvement is encouraged! We hope to include cast members from diverse backgrounds and experiences. This production of Bye Bye Birdie will focus on the development of a community, inclusive of all people from different walks of life and beliefs.
Auditions are conducted on a first-come, first served basis. Productions may have specific age or gender requirements.
Bring your calendar to note any conflicts on the back of your hard-copy audition form. If you'd prefer, you may fill out the attached form and bring it wtih you to auditions -- noting any potential schedule conflicts on the back: