Bye Bye Birdie

By Michael Stewart Directed by Michael Perlman

Lyrics by Lee Adams

Music by Charles Strouse

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.


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

Summer Youth Conservatory

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.

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

New Orleans Gambit

Behind the Scenes

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

Photos by HuthPhoto.