Bye Bye Birdie

book by Michael Stewart
lyrics by Lee Adams
music by Charles Strouse

Directed by Michael Perlman

put on a happy face

It’s 1958 and rock ‘n’ roll teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has just been drafted. As a final publicity stunt, he’s selected Sweet Apple, Ohio’s Kim MacAfee to give him a farewell kiss, live on The Ed Sullivan Show. But Kim’s boyfriend is not so excited by the prospect. PlayMakers professional theatre artists lead a group of talented high school students—both on stage and off—as they produce this professional-quality show.


“a vintage piece of Americana … a sweet and joyously entertaining story …”
New Orleans Gambit

Bye Bye Birdie is the culmination of PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory, a six-week practicum for high school students—both on stage and behind the scenes—combining top-notch teaching with unparalleled practical experience. Students work with professional directors, choreographers, musical directors, and theatre technicians to mount a professional quality production for all to enjoy.


This tuneful, high-energy show is fun for adults as well as children. We recommend this play for patrons 6 and older.

Behind the Scenes

For weeks, our Summer Youth Conservatory has been hard at work to bring you Bye Bye Birdie.

Photos by HuthPhoto.