Middle School Overnight Camp
Ages 11-14
July 15-19, 2024

Bye Bye Birdie: Youth Edition

Please call (913) 681-3318 to register. There are still spots available for boys, but girls will be placed on a waitlist. 

A loving musical send-up of the early 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, Bye Bye Birdie remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses all-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts for kids, and a hilarious script, Bye Bye Birdie remains one of the most popular shows in schools across the country. Hit songs include “Put on a Happy Face,” “One Last Kiss,” “One Boy,” “A Lot of Livin’ to Do,” “Kids!” and “Rosie.”

Auditions

We will hold auditions for those who would like an opportunity for a role, solo, or featured dancer; however, you do NOT need to audition in order to participate in this camp. Students who choose not to audition will be placed in the ensemble. 

Auditions: Tuesday, June 4, 2024 from 4:00-8:00PM

Callbacks: Friday, June 7, 2024 from 4:00-8:00PM

The Cast List will be posted no later than June 9th at 10PM.

Artistic Team
Director: Michelle Evans
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Molly Stasieluk
Music Director: Courtney Talken
Assistant Music Director: Margaret Jordahl
Choreographer: Elizabeth Phillips
Assistant Choreographer: Isaiah Bliss

How to Audition:

  1. Make sure you are enrolled in Middle School Overnight Camp! A minimum $100 deposit must be paid towards camp tuition in order to be eligible for auditions. In order to register and pay only the deposit, please contact Chrissi Edwards in the First Act Office at (913) 681-3318.
  2. Fill out the Bye Bye Birdie Audition Form.
  3. Sign-Up for an Audition Time HERE.
  4. Select your 1-minute audition song. Please do not choose a song from Bye Bye Birdie. Please come with a device ready to play your audition accompaniment track.
  5. Select an audition monologue from the pre-selected options here: Audition Monologues. Audition monologues must be memorized.
  6. Video Auditions Only: View the Audition Dance HERE


Video Auditions:
If you are unable to attend in-person auditions and would like to submit a video audition, please send your video audition to Production Coordinator, Kari Bliss at 
kari@firstactkc.org. Your video audition should include three elements: a recording of you performing your 1-minute song, your audition monologue, and a performance of the audition dance. There is a signup for video auditions at the bottom of the Signup Genius. Video Auditions are due by noon on Monday, June 3rd. Please indicate in your email whether or not you are available for in person callbacks on Friday, June 7th. 

Questions? Reach out to Artistic Director, Grant Golson at grant@firstactkc.org

Character Breakdown:

Ren McCormack – teenage boy from Chicago

Ethel McCormack – his mother

Reverend Shaw Moore – the minister of Bomont

Vi Moore – his wife

Ariel Moore – their teenage daughter

Willard Hewitt – Ren’s friend, a country boy

Rusty – Ariel’s best friend

Urleen – Ariel’s friend

Wendy Jo – Ariel’s friend

Chuck Cranston – Ariel’s boyfriend

Lyle – Chuck’s buddy

Travis – Chuck’s buddy

Lulu Warnicker – Ren’s aunt

Wes Warnicker – her husband

Coach Roger Dunbar – the high school gym teacher

Eleanor Dunbar – his wife

Various Featured Roles

Ensemble of Townspeople, Congregation Members, Teenagers, Cowboys, and more!