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March 3, 2013

MLT to hold Bye Bye Birdie auditions Monday, Tuesday

MERIDIAN —     The Meridian Little Theatre will hold auditions for the award winning musical "Bye Bye Birdie” on Monday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Highway 39 Playhouse.

    “Birdie” marks the final play of Jimmy Pigford’s Farewell Season at MLT. Pigford started his directing career at MLT with “Birdie” in 1965. It was a huge hit. The play will be a final tribute to Pigford’s legacy. He died Feb. 4. "Bye Bye Birdie" will be performed May 16-22 at MLT. Ronnie Miller will direct the production.

    “Birdie” is one of the most captivating musical shows of our time. It is a satire done with the fondest affection, and tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. An English Teacher, What Did I Ever See in Him?, Put on a Happy Face, One Boy, A Lot of Livin' to Do, Kids, Rosie and Spanish Rose are musical theatre classics. This is the tops in imagination and good old fashion fun.

    It won four Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Director, Best Choreography and Supporting or Featured Actor. It also won The Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. “Birdie” played on Broadway for 607 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre and 268 performances in London at Her Majesty's Theatre.

    “Birdie is set in the late 1950s and teenagers from across the United States are going crazy for the handsome rock star, Conrad Birdie. Meanwhile, his manager, Albert Peterson, is going into debt and has staked his financial future on Conrad's success. Albert's secretary, Rosie, is increasingly frustrated with the time and money Albert is losing on his project. Disaster strikes when Conrad receives a draft notice to join the military. Thus, Albert attempts to stage a farewell party for Conrad in which he is to kiss one lucky fan on the Ed Sullivan Show before he leaves for the army. Kim MacAfee, from Sweet Apple, Ohio, is the lucky girl chosen to be kissed. But conflict arises when her boyfriend, Hugo Peabody, gets jealous, and Rosie becomes fed-up with the abusive treatment she receives from Albert's mother.

    Eventually, things turn out alright. Kim and Hugo resolve their problems while Albert agrees to leave managing, become an English teacher, and marry Rosie.

    "A vast variety of characters are needed," said Miller. The following describes the larger and smaller roles:

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