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Auditions: Saturday, December 7th, 2024 @ 6PM
Registration for auditions is at 5:30 PM - Please arrive on time.
Callbacks: Monday, December 8th, 2024 @ 7PM 

Director: Bryan W. Childe
Musical Director: Robert Smith

Choreographer: Natalie Ondine Pak

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*Video Submissions are accepted no later than 24 hours before the listed audition date*

What To Prepare:
Please come to auditions prepared with 32 bars of any musical theatre song that best fits and showcases your range.

Give your audition as much character as possible!
We ask that you do not audition acapella. An accompanist will be present as well as a Bluetooth speaker.

 

Dress comfortably for dance portion of auditions


Audition Day:
Registration begins at 5:30 pm on December 7th

An audition form is required to be filled out upon arrival (resume and headshots are optional but appreciated)

Auditions will begin at 6:00 pm
Auditions are private. Vocal auditions will be performed in front of the production team alone.

 

If called back, secondary auditions will take place on December 8th, beginning at 7:00 pm

CHARACTERS

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Albert Peterson (Tenor): 

He’s our story’s central character. What, you thought it was Birdie?
Nope. He’s the nervous and high-strung president of Almalou Records who pays more attention
to his mother than to his girlfriend (who is his secretary). The actor who seeks to fill this role
must be a strong vocalist, but he also serves to carry the show’s main action. As such, he must
be spot-on in comedic timing and show the core of this man in audition. It’s a great role.; some
dancing skill a plus.

 

Rose Alvarez (Alto):

Poor Rose. She really puts up with a lot through the course of the show.
Rose is Albert’s secretary but dreams of the day when she can adjust his title from “employer” to
“hubby.” That was always their plan, but time seems to have slipped away. Despite his oft
selfish and callous treatment of Rose, she continues to support him, biding her time. Well, for a
while anyway. Every woman has her breaking point. The role of Rose requires a woman who
can display a truly strong spirit and a spicy inner being who can’t wait to escape. The role of
Rose will be secured by the one in audition who can sell the character’s spirit, both via dialog
delivery AND vocals. Dancing skills are a must!

 

Conrad Birdie (Baritone): 

The “Elvis-style” rock star who is headed into the army; he must be
able to sing well, move like a rock star, and… burp! Not going to lie, he’s kind of an undesirable
sorta’ fellow. He’s rude. He’s arrogant. He doesn’t show much regard for others. This is,
essentially, the iconic role of the show. In truth, the character doesn’t have much in terms of
dialog, but he does command a heavy swath of vocals. In audition, you must sell the vocals,
gentlemen. We also need to see, very clearly, the physicality of Birdie. The show was loosely
based on Elvis’ entrance into the army. Give us a few king-like indications of the guy, but don’t
go full-blown Elvis. The physicality is very important though. We need to see the performer
fluidly at-work during the vocal auditions. We want to see the actual, no frills man during the
acting auditions. Show us the change.

 

Kim MacAfee (Soprano): 

Fifteen-year-old, self-possessed teen-aged girl, who considers herself more mature than her “Conrad-Crazy” girlfriends. She’s the president of Sweet Apple’s Conrad Birdie Fan Club. Through random chance, she is selected to delivery Conrad Birdie his final kiss goodbye before leaving to join the army. Seems simple enough, and her political status
in the town certainly indicates valid credentials to fulfill the duty. Unfortunately, her boyfriend Hugo has a few reservations. Kim needs to come across as a typical all-American teenage girl of the 1950’s. She’s convinced that she’s already reached adulthood and enjoys all the marvelous perks that come along with being a woman. Of course, the jolt of news about Birdie’s
imminent arrival and her role in seeing him off is enough to send her reeling back down the ladder rungs into pure childhood bliss. Funny scene. Anyway, ladies, if you seek to fill this role, you need to be solid on the vocals. You also need to communicate the black and white line that defines Kim at the crossroads of development where she finds herself.

 

Mr. Harry MacAfee (Tenor): 

The frustrated father of Kim and Randolph who feels his stature as
a parent is continually challenged. He’s not the star male vocalist in the show, but he does need
to be able to sing a little. He’s also a great source of comedy in the production. Yeah, we aren’t
given a ton of opportunities to see old Harry’s shtick. However, he does have a couple of really
great scenes in which he has the potential to leave the house rolling on the floor laughing. Show
us your understanding of the potential behind this guy. Give us some really character gusto in
the acting auditions. And show us you can in fact handle the vocals that come with this role as
well. “Parliament has been dissolved; the Magna Carta is revoked, and Nero is back in town!”

 

Mrs. Doris MacAfee (Alto): 

The tireless, caring mother of Kim and Randolph who knows just
how to handle her irritable husband. She’s on the back-half of female leads roles, but she is on
the list! Mrs. MacAfee is a solid role. She has a wonderful scene early on in the show in which
she is mortified with her daughter’s abrupt assertion of adult status. We don’t have a ton to offer
you in developing this role for the audition process. Give us some options and show us your
thoughts. Be inventive and take a few risks!

 

Randolph MacAfee (unchanged voice):

Kim’s younger brother; sings one feature song.
Randolph is almost like the MacAfee family’s equivalent to Meg from Family Guy’s Griffin family.
He’s overlooked a bit, and when he is acknowledged, he really isn’t given much respect at all.
It’s not a huge role, but it is a visible one. Randolph shouldn’t be played shy, but he is certainly
the subordinate within the family. Randolph’s delivery of dialog must be spot-on or it will be
missed completely.

 

Mae Peterson (Alto): 

Albert’s mother, the quintessential “Mamma,” who never stops parenting
Albert. A Wonderful character role! Her vocal requirements are a very minor consideration. You
may have heard of the stereotypical “Jewish Mother” before, yes? Well, we’ve not reason to
believe the Petersons are Jewish, but Mrs. Peterson does fit the bill for the stereotype
popularized in American films and television. Every scene in which she appears presents Mae
unabashedly working to guilt trip her poor son. Again, this is a character role. Go a little crazy
with it but be careful to find your own take on Mrs. Peterson. We don’t want everyone to
audition the same way for Ma Peterson. Take some risks. She’s a wonderful character who
commands volumes of laughter from the audience.

 

Hugo Peabody (Tenor):

Kim’s devoted steady boyfriend who is jealous of Conrad Birdie. This
is a great role. If you’re not the strongest vocalist, Hugo may be the role for you. Hugo is Kim’s
understandably frustrated boyfriend. Well, how would you feel? You’ve just pinned the girl you’re
completely in love with, and the next thing you know she’s all onboard to deliver the official
send-off kiss to the teen rock idol of the decade. Hugo is a great role for the right actor. He has
solid stage time and enjoys command of a couple of humorous moments. Give us the
prototypical teenage boy, circa 1950’s. Research it. Watch a few films that reflect the era.
 

 

Ursula Merkle (Mezzo): 

The hyper-enthusiastic teen-aged girlfriend of Kim’s who leads the fans
screaming for Conrad Birdie. If Kim registers an excitement level of six on a scale of one to ten,
Ursula hits a twelve. She’s a pretty excitable kid. Although she is a supporting character, she
has some wonderful moments. As Kim’s number-one confidant, she’s always looking out for her
best friend’s interests, Ursula offers wise council to Kim in times of need. Well, as wise of
council as a kid like Ursula can provide anyway. Ursula is a little quirky, high-energy, and
busting with vitality. Show us the inner-tempo that pushes Ursula through life.

 

Supporting Conrad Birdie Fan Club Teens (Teen Chorus): Teens in the Conrad Birdie fan
club - Featured solos and speaking lines

 

Margie (Mezzo) - A teenage girl hailing from Sweet Apple and friend to Kim.

 

Nancy (Mezzo) - She’s yet another teenage girl from Sweet Apple.

 

Helen (Mezzo) - Uh, huh. She’s another teenage girl from you know where

 

Alice (Mezzo) - She’s the mayor’s daughter. You know what that means! Eh, maybe you
don’t. We’re not even sure what that means!

 

Penelope Ann (Mezzo) - She is a teenage girl. She has a couple of lines.

 

Deborah Sue (Mezzo) - Yep, another teenage girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio.

 

Harvey Johnson (Tenor/Teen Chorus) - Teen. Howard’s son. Yeah, dad’s kind of a big deal.
Harvey’s just an average teenage kid in our fair town.

 

Mayor (Bari, Adult Chorus): Mayor of Sweet Apple, Ohio; sings one feature song; also
appears on the Ed Sullivan Show. There’s some sense that he fits the bill of a big fish in a small
town.

 

Mayor’s Wife (Mezzo, Adult Chorus): Mayor’s wife, Edna; sings one feature song; also
appears on the Ed Sullivan Show. Smaller role, but she does have a funny bit in the show as
Conrad begins to sing during Sweet Apple’s welcoming ceremony for the auspicious guest.

 

Gloria Rasputin (Soprano): The gum-chewing, lame-brained, dancing secretary who is Mae
Peterson’s choice to replace Rosie as Albert’s fiancé. She’s not exactly what one might expect
as the embodiment of the ideal administrative assistant, Gloria is a forceful, broad woman with
true gusto. This role will be given to someone who can eloquently command a character
performance.

 

Charles F. Maude (Adult Chorus, Tenor): Proprietor of “Maude’s Roadside Retreat”; sings the
tenor part in the male quartet. Decent guy.

 

Maude’s Quartet: Customers at Maude’s who sing in the male quartet:

Maude’s dishwasher (Adult Chorus, Tenor): He washes dishes for a living, but he’s a
member of our male quartet!

 

Maude’s First Customer (Adult Chorus, Baritone): Who knows this guy’s story.
Anyway, he’s also a member of the male quartet.

 

Maude’s Second Customer (Adult Chorus, Tenor): We think he’s into taxidermy, but
he doesn’t like talking about it much. Well, not while he’s practicing with the quartet group
anyway

 

Ed Sullivan: from backstage; vocal impersonation

 

Mr. Johnson (variable ranges, Adult Chorus) - We might guess his first name is Howard.
Yeah, he may be the guy. Harvey’s dad.

 

Mrs. Merkle (Soprano): She’s Ursala’s mother. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree,
usually.

 

Fred (Teenage Chorus, variable range): He’s a teenage boy from Sweet Apple.

 

Suzie (Teenage Chorus, variable range): She’s a teenage girl from Sweet Apple.

 

1st Reporter (speaking role): He’s got something to say,.

 

2nd Reporter (nonspeaking role): He doesn’t have something to say, but he does have a
camera.

 

3rd Reporter (speaking role): He also has something to say, although everyone would prefer
he changed places with the 2nd Reporter and remain silent instead.

 

Carl (Teenage Chorus, variable ranges): He’s a teenage boy from Sweet Apple.

 

Policeman (variable range): He keeps order.

 

Girl 1 (Teenage Chorus): She’s got a line!
Another Parent (speaking role): Yup, he or she has something to say.

 

Traveler 1 (speaking role): He travels.

 

Traveler 2 (speaking role): She travels as well.

 

Train Conductor (speaking role, variable ranges): Controls the train (which we don’t see)

 

Lee (Adult Chorus, speaking role): He’s a concerned parent.

 

TV Show Crew, Stage Manager (nonspeaking role): (S)he’s got a decent gig; (s)he works for
the Ed Sullivan Show.

 

TV Show Crew, Stagehand (nonspeaking role): They may not be stage managing, but they’re
in the union. It’s a living.

 

TV Show Crew, Wardrobe (nonspeaking role): Again, not bad. They have a job to do.

 

Sad Girl 1 (teen-nonspeaking role): She’s sad.

 

Sad Girl 2 (teen-nonspeaking role): She’s sadder still.

 

Sweet Apple Shriners (nonspeaking): gentleman conducting a meeting that Rose interrupts

 

Doctor (nonspeaking role): He tends to Conrad after Hugo socks him!
 

Teenagers: Lots of energetic male and female singer/dancers who are fans of Conrad Birdie.

 

Adults: Parents of the Teenagers who are very concerned with how their “kids” are behaving

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