Interested in Theater and never been on stage? This is your opportunity for a chance to learn and perform! Cornerstone Playhouse will hold open auditions for their upcoming production of the beloved musical comedy “Bye, Bye Birdie.”
The show, which was written by Michael Stewart, features music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams. It won four Tony awards, including Best Musical.
Cornerstone’s production will be directed by Tommy Wright.
Auditions are scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday April 25th, Thursday April 26th at 6:30PM – 9PM and Sunday April 29th at 3PM to 6PM. All auditions will be held at Cornerstone Playhouse, 74 Main Street, Sussex, NJ. The show will be held June 22nd to July 1st
Rock star Conrad Birdie is the biggest thing to top the charts. Women love him, men want to be him and teenage girls scream at the mere mention of his name. But when the United States Army drafts Birdie, manager Albert Peterson and his longtime love Rose Alvarez hatch a plan: send Conrad to small-town America to plant a goodbye kiss on one lucky fan to be televised on live TV. Their selection of Kim MacAfee sends wholesome Sweet Apple, Ohio, into chaos. Kim’s boyfriend, Hugo, can’t take the humiliation, Rose can’t take another minute of Albert’s devotion to the music business and Sweet Apple can’t take its teens' riotous “Rock-n-Roll” rebellion. Will Sweet Apple ever be the same?
“Bye Bye Birdie is a family show through and through,” Wright said. “Colorful, cute, and sweet, this classic includes some of the most famous songs in musical theater, including ‘Put On a Happy Face,’ ‘Kids’ and the lively number ‘A Lot of Livin’ to Do., It’s important that we don’t lose the history of some of the older shows,” he said. “‘Bye, Bye Birdie’ is filled with fun music for adults and teenagers alike. It has a ’50s/’60s style which, musically, is well accepted and appreciated by most of the population. This show has wit, charm and a ton of great music. I’m excited to help bring this score to life in Sussex.”
At the auditions, participants will be asked to read lines and sing a short vocal selection. If auditioning for a singing role, choose a prepared number to bring on a media device or sheet music. If auditioning for a specific principal character, also prepare a musical number sung by that character. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, as they will be asked to learn a small dance routine.
Auditions are open to all ages.
“We have male and female lead roles, supporting and featured roles for adults and teens. There are spoken-only roles, dancing-only roles, comic roles, ensemble chorus roles that don’t require dancing, and more,” Wright said. “If you don’t have time to rehearse more than once a week until close to show, we can still use you!”