CENTER STAGE

GRADES 4-8

SHOW:Bye Bye Birdy

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Please email actingoutregistrar@gmail to be put on a waiting list!

 

CLASS FULL

TWO WEEKS:
JULY 18th - 22nd AND 25th-29th
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

FINAL PERFORMANCES
July 29th-- 7:00 PM
July 30th-- 1:30 &  7:00 PM

performed at the Daly Theater
Limited to 35 participants
$700 for Participation
LOCATION:
The Daly Theater @ THE SPACE,
56 Island Street, Lawrence

Acting Out is thrilled to be offering our annual summer Center Stage program! This is a fast-paced two-week program culminating in an incredible LIVE performance. The entire session and final performance will be at our Acting Out! space.

 

The first day is devoted to auditioning prep in the morning and auditioning in the afternoon. All audition material will be provided for the students on day one! The rest of the first week mornings will have actors immersed in a variety of theatre activities including( but not limited to) set and costume design, physical comedy, acting, and character development, Shakespeare, improv, musical theater dance, and more! Each day we will explore something new!

 

Every afternoon will be focused on our musical. We will explore choreography, vocal technique, and acting to create our final production. Regardless of being the "lead" or in the ensemble, each student will be pushed to learn new skills and work towards our final performance. 

 

Our theater intensive is for all skill levels and will give every cast member a chance to shine! We focus on self-confidence, self-expression, commitment, and of course, FUN!  

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CHARACTERS

 

 

 

ALBERT PETERSON is the president of the Almaelou Music Corporation and is Conrad Birdie’s agent. He is a nervous, excitable man who spends most of his time trying to control the uncontrollable, with quite comic results.

ROSIE ALVAREZ is Albert’s girlfriend and secretary at the Almaelou Music Corporation, who is frustrated with Albert’s inability to commit to her. She is willing to do anything it takes to get Albert to give up the music business and settle down. Headstrong and confident, she is often one step ahead of Albert. 

MRS. MAE PETERSON is Albert’s controlling mother. She loves her son, despite her disapproval of the way he runs the family business and (especially) his affection for Rosie. She has never stopped parenting Albert, and her mounting frustration throughout the show as Albert begins to stand up to her provides recurring comic relief. 

CONRAD BIRDIE is a teen heartthrob who has been drafted into the army. This character was written with Elvis Presley in mind. He says little but conveys much with his body language, swagger, and, of course, his music.

KIM MACAFEE is the self-confident young member of Conrad’s fan club who is chosen to receive a kiss from Conrad before he leaves for the Army. She sees herself as more mature than the average teenager. 

HUGO PEABODY is Kim’s devoted steady boyfriend who is jealous that Conrad is receiving so much attention from Kim. 

 

MR. HARRY MACAFEE is Kim’s father who thinks he’s in control of his family and his teenage daughter (but isn’t).

 

MRS. DORIS MACAFEE is Kim’s loving mother who knows just how to handle her husband and her household. 

URSULA MERKLE is Kim’s best friend and the hyper-enthusiastic teenager who leads the girls in screaming for Conrad.

RANDOLPH MACAFEE is Kim’s younger brother. 

THE MAYOR is the head figure of Sweet Apple, Ohio, who welcomes Conrad Birdie to town. 

THE MAYOR'S WIFE, EDNA, is one of the adults in the show who cannot escape the power of Conrad Birdie’s spell 

GLORIA RASPUTIN is the dreamy, ambitious knockout whom Mrs. Peterson chooses to replace Rosie. 

MRS. MERKLE is Ursula’s overbearing mother who also gets a touch of Conrad Birdie Fever. 

HARVEY JOHNSON is a typical nerdy teenager who can’t seem to get enough of the gossip going on in Telephone Hour. 

MR. JOHNSON is Harvey’s father and one of the many parents in Sweet Apple desperate to keep control of their children as Conrad Birdie comes to town. 

Other TEENAGERS in Sweet Apple include ALICE, DEBORAH SUE, HELEN, NANCY, MARGIE, PENELOPE, SUZIE, FREDDIE, KARL, and various other BOYS and GIRLS. 

Other ENSEMBLE roles include a POLICEMAN, various REPORTERS, a CONDUCTOR, and a TRAINMAN, and other PARENTS of the Sweet Apple teenagers with featured lines throughout the script.