San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
It is 1960, and a chorus of young girls energetically sings the praises of rock & roll idol Conrad Birdie. At Almelou Music Corp. in New York, Conrad’s managers, Albert Peterson and Rosie Alvarez (who’ve been dating for years), learn that their client has been inducted into the army. Though she’d prefer that Albert settle down and become “An English Teacher,” Rosie concocts a plan: as a publicity stunt, Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with a public farewell kiss. Rosie randomly selects the name of the lucky girl: fifteen-year-old Kim McAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio.
Meanwhile, in Sweet Apple, every teenager in town is on the phone, gossiping about Kim and her new steady, Hugo Peabody (“The Telephone Hour”). Kim, who proudly celebrates her new maturity (“How Lovely To Be A Woman”), is astonished to hear the news about Birdie.
In New York’s Penn Station, Albert cheers up a downcast Birdie fan (“Put On A Happy Face”). Mae, Albert’s overbearing mother, insults Rose, but Albert is unable to stand up to her. Birdie arrives, pursued by reporters, so Albert and Rosie deftly manage the press (“Healthy Normal American Boy”).
In Sweet Apple, Hugo is a bit jealous of the attention Kim pays to Birdie, but Kim assures Hugo he is the “One Boy” for her. On the courthouse steps, the Mayor welcomes Conrad, who bowls everyone over with his powerhouse hit, “Honestly Sincere.”
With Conrad staying for the week, the McAfee household is completely turned upside down. A frustrated Mr. McAfee is all set to put his foot down, until he hears the family will be appearing on (“Hymn For A Sunday Evening”). Mae, who followed Albert and Rosie by bus, introduces Albert to a sensational tap-dancer named Gloria Rasputin, whom Albert begrudgingly hires as a typist. Rosie, enraged by Albert’s behavior, enlists the aide of Hugo in a plan to undermine the big show. On , Conrad prepares to give Kim “One Last Kiss,” but at the last minute, Hugo steps onstage and punches Conrad, knocking him to the floor. Everyone scatters, and Rosie bids Albert a bitter farewell, leaving him alone on national television. Smiling nervously, Albert desperately tries to recover (“Healthy Normal American Boy” Reprise).
Rosie and Kim, furious at Albert and Hugo, pack up to leave (“What Did I Ever See In Him?”). Albert and Mae make a new plan: Conrad will now kiss Kim at the train station before he leaves. But Conrad is tired of being locked up in a suburban household, and he invites the kids to join him in a wild night out (“A Lot of Livin’ To Do”). Mr. and Mrs. McAfee, fearing the worst, join up with other parents to find their teens (“Kids!”). Mae continues to pester Albert and berate Rosie. Finally, Albert stands up to his mother, demanding that she go home.
At the Ice House, a popular spot for teens, Kim tries to ward off Conrad’s advances. The parents and Hugo arrive just in time, and Kim realizes that she belongs with Hugo. Rosie and Albert make up, too, and Rosie has a bit of fun mocking Mae. The next morning, Albert sneaks Conrad out of town and tells Rose he’s accepted a teaching job in Pumpkin Falls, Iowa. Albert and Rose celebrate their new future (“Rosie”) and dance off into the sunset.
ALBERT 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. Look for an actor with excellent comic timing, a great singing voice and a natural likability
ROSIE 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. This is someone who knows that good looks and a killer smile will get him more than his personality.
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. HAARY MACAFEE is Kim’s father who thinks he’s in control of his family and his teenaged 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. A bit naïve to the effect Conrad has on the girls of the 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. She is looking for her big break in show business and hopes Albert can help her.
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.
Auditions: Thursday, January 5th 2pm - 8pm, by appt. every 5 minutes
Callbacks: Saturday, January 7th 1pm-4pm (Mandatory, if contacted)
Rehearsals: Saturdays, January 14th - March 4th at 1-4pm, Mandatory
Tuesdays or Thursdays 6pm-8:30pm, if necessary
Dinner Show Performances: March 9th, 10th & 11th
6:30pm Dinner, 7:00pm Showtime.
Auditions, rehearsals and performances will take place at Baker Showroom in SanTan Village, 2270 E. Williamsfield Rd., #104, Gilbert, AZ
What to prepare for your audition:
*Please bring a headshot and resume
*Prepare to sing a short musical excerpt accapella (or backing tracks) that best demonstrates your vocal range, style and projection. A conflict schedule MUST be submitted at the time of the audition. No changes are allowed after this is submitted. Roles may be subject to change due to unexcused absences, inability to fulfill the role responsibilities etc.
An email will be sent to those who receive a callback on Friday, January 6th after all auditions are completed. Just because you don’t receive a callback does not mean you are not cast in the show! All Call Backs will be taught a choreographed routine and perform a cold reading on Saturday, January 7th (1pm - 4pm)
An email will be sent out announcing the cast list no later than Sunday, January 8th. Please email back confirmation of your acceptance of the role, and pick up your scripts and CD no later than Monday, January 9th.
First rehearsal is on Saturday, January 14th 1pm-4pm.
NOTE: Please study your role, and be prepared to sing all your songs. We will run through the entire show at the first rehearsal. You may use your books onstage.
When & Where
Baker Performing Arts
Baker Performing Arts (Theatre, Events, Lessons & Store) located in the beautiful Santan Village in Gilbert provides musical theatre productions shows as well as providing lessons in all instruments, voice and more!
We also have a store that has musical instruments for sale/rental, music accessories, Casio Keyboards and more!
Come check us out at SanTan Village in Gilbert, AZ.