1989 - 1990

Bye Bye Birdie

Conrad Birdie, a young Elvis Presley type rock and roll singer, is about to be inducted into the army. His agent, Albert Peterson, faces bankruptcy without his star - not to mention only - client. The fun starts when Rosie Alvarez, Albert's faithful secretary/fiancée, concocts the idea of a national publicity stunt before Birdie leaves for boot camp: He will bid a typical American teenage girl goodbye with the song "One Last Kiss", leaving Almaelou Music Company with a hit song to tide them over while Conrad serves his country.


Kim MacAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio, wins the honour. The telephones in town are buzzing because Kim has just been "pinned" to Hugo, a local boy. Needless to say, the arrival of Conrad Birdie causes a much larger buzz - as well as spontaneous swooning - with young and old alike. Kim's household is completely upset by the visiting celebrity. To add to the commotion, it is decided that Birdie will give away his "One Last Kiss" on the Ed Sullivan Show. Kim's father, who has been lamenting the whole situation, changes his tune when he learns that he is to be included on the television broadcast. The big night finally arrives... only to turn into a fiasco when Birdie is knocked out by Kim's jealous boyfriend on national television!


Back at the MacAfee home, Conrad, fed up with the trappings of celebrity, sprints out on the town with the teenagers. The parents of Sweet Apple commiserate as they reflect on the younger generation. Meanwhile, Rosie, still waiting for a band of gold from Albert after eight years, decides to have some fun as the Latin spitfire she is painted as by Albert's catastrophe-ridden mother. She crashes a Shriners' meeting and disrupts it completely as "Spanish Rose".


Don't worry. In the time-honoured musical tradition everything is eventually sorted out and everybody ends with the partners they deserve.


Director: Barry Bielby

Musical Director: Neil Bateman

Choreographer: Chris Amott

Cast

Al Baldwin

Conrad Birdie

Alan Mainguy

Maude, The Bartender

Amy Pressman

Kim MacAfee

Brian Hall

Hugo Peabody

Brian Schecter

Mayor of Sweet Apple

Carole Billingham

Gloria

Christine Drew

Mrs. MacAfee

Cindy Harrison

Rosie Alvarez

Heather Monkman

Mayor's Wife

Jonathan Gould

Randolph MacAfee

Robert Gould

Mr. MacAfee

Ruth Casey

Ursula

Sharron McGuirl

Mrs. Peterson

Sylvain Landry

Albert Peterson

appearing courtesy of l'Union des Artistes

Aileen Szkwarek

Chorus

Amanda Drew

Chorus

Brad Burgess

Chorus

Debbie Jones

Chorus

Derek Strokon

Chorus

Frank Duern

Chorus

Heather Evenchick

Chorus

Jacki Leclerc

Chorus

Jim Morrison

Chorus

John Murray

Chorus

Kathryn Romanow

Chorus

Laurie Graham

Chorus

Laurie Nichol

Chorus

Lesia Mackowycz

Chorus

Marc Lefebvre

Chorus

Melanie Hudson

Chorus

Melodie MacDonald

Chorus

Robert McColman

Chorus

Sarah Strange

Chorus

Shannon Mercer

Chorus

Tia Bates-Tremblay

Chorus

Tom Spooner

Chorus

Vivian Asfar

Chorus

Walter Young

Chorus

Production

Aileen Szkwarek

Dance Captain

Al Hussey

Properties Master

Art Whitehead

House Manager (Orpheus)

Barbara Seeton

Make-up Design

Bill Butterworth

Sound

Bonnie Hanham

Costume Designer

Bruce Morrison

Assistant Lighting Designer

Carole Billingham

Dance Captain

Caroline Heaton

Pinrail

David Magladry

Lighting Designer

David Roop

Hats

Debbie Jones

Dance Captain

Faye Lavell

Production Coordinator

Hugh Livingston

Assistant Stage Manager

Lorna Rice

Accompanist

Malvary Cole

Set Designer/Scenic Artist

Marc Lefebvre

Hair Design

Marylin Day

Stage Manager

Melva Scott

Make-up Design

Michael Gareau

Assistant Director

Pierrette Loyer

Hair Design

Rose Little

Costume Mistress

Sam Smith

Show Photographer

Syd Jelley

Master Carpenter

Ted Walker

House Manager (Commerce)

Tom Shields

Workshop Chairman

Walter Young

Hair Design

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