Open Auditions

Sunday, April 28 (5–7 pm) & Monday, April 29 (6–8 pm)

Temple of the Arts
529 E. Main St., Ottumwa
(park in the 2nd St. high school lot; signs will be posted)

  • The 7th Season of AGPAF will include the concert musical Bye Bye Birdie

  • Seeking principal and ensemble roles, singing and non-singing

  • Individual auditions (first come, first served) will be on Sunday, April 28, from 5 to 7 pm, and Monday, April 29, from 6 to 8 pm.

  • For individual auditions, please be prepared to sing TWO, 16-bar selections of differing styles. An accompanist will be provided. You may audition without prepared song selections as well. In this case, music will be provided. Also bring a prepared 1 to 2-minute monologue. You may audition without a prepared monologue, but in this case, you will be asked to read a provided selection.

  • If you are unable to attend this audition time, please email or call 641-777-9636 to arrange an alternative time.

Performance Date: June 21, 2019

A loving 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 teens, and a hilarious script, Birdie continues to thrill audiences around the world.

Hit songs include “Put on a Happy Face,” “One Last Kiss,” “One Boy,” “A Lot of Livin’ to Do,” “Kids!” and “Rosie.”


(4 female; 5 male)

  • Albert Peterson – young man in early thirties, President of Almaelou Music Corp.

  • Rose Alvarez – Albert’s secretary, principal dancer and singer

  • Conrad Birdie – rock star

  • Mr. MacAfee (Harry) – father of Kim and Randolph

  • Mrs. MacAfee (Doris) – mother of Kim and Randolph

  • Kim MacAfee – 15 years old, very pretty and quite self-possessed

  • Randolph MacAfee – Kim’s younger brother

  • Hugo Peabody – Kim’s “steady”

  • Ursula Merkle – a hyper-enthusiastic dark-haired teen friend and neighbor of Kim’s


(8 female; 3 male)

  • Deborah Sue – Sweet Apple teenager (teen chorus)

  • Margie – (teen chorus; speaks Act I, Scene 5; Act I, Scene 7)

  • Alice – Sweet Apple teenager and Mayor’s daughter (teen chorus)

  • Harvey Johnson – (teen chorus; speaks Act I, Scene 2)

  • Helen – teenage singer (non-speaking)

  • Nancy – (teen chorus; speaks Act I, Scene 5)

  • Penelope – (voice; Act I, Scene 5; Act II, Scene 7)

  • Suzie (non-speaking)

  • Karl (non-speaking)

  • Freddie (non-speaking)

  • One Girl – (teen chorus; speaks Act I, Scene 4)


  • Mrs. Mae Peterson – Albert’s mother, the quintessential “Mamma”

  • Gloria Rasputin – A big broad, tap-dancing “secretary” – Mae’s choice to replace Rosie

  • Bartender (member of Male Quartet)

  • Mayor – of Sweet Apple, Ohio

  • Mayor’s Wife – Edna (member of Quartette, Act I, Scene 9)

  • Mrs. Merkle – Ursula’s mother

  • Mr. Johnson – Harvey Johnson’s father

  • Conrad’s Guitar Man (non-speaking)

  • Policeman – in New York train station (speaks Act I, Scene 4)

  • First Reporter

  • Second Reporter (non-speaking cameraman)

  • Third Reporter

  • Traveler – part of crowd in New York train station (speaks Act I, Scene 4 only)

  • Trainman – (voice; Act I, Scene 4)

From the Chorus (non-speaking)

  • 2 Sad Girls (dancers)

  • Travelers (adult chorus)

  • Train Station Personnel (baggage handlers, etcetera)

  • Policemen (several) – New York and Ohio

  • Sweet Apple Parents (adult chorus)

  • 2 Drum Majorettes

  • TV Show Stage Crew:

    • Stage Manager

    • 4 Stagehands

    • 2 Audio Men

    • 2 Wardrobe Women

  • Doctor

  • Maude – proprietor/bartender of ‘Maude’s Roadside Retreat” (member of Male Quartet)

  • Dishwasher (member of Male Quartet; speaks Act II, Scene 4)

  • First Customer (member of Male Quartet; speaks Act II, Scene 4)

  • Second Customer (member of Male Quartet; speaks Act II, Scene 4)

  • Quartet of Townspeople (men)

  • Sweet Apple Shriners (dancers)