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July 19, 2017 – July 30, 2017


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

Directed by Michael Perlman

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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.


Jul 18 2017

Jeff & Kira Cornell: A Natural Fit

Kira Cornell is not exactly new to PlayMakers. "I’ve been coming here since I was three," she said. After all, her dad is PlayMakers' resident acting company member Jeffrey Blair Cornell.

Jun 28 2017

Behind the "Birdie"

This summer, as our SYC students prepare for Bye Bye Birdie, we've invited three of these students to chronicle their experience, beginning one week into rehearsals.

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Jun 12 2017

Meet the Director: "Bye Bye Birdie"

New York-based director Michael Perlman makes his PlayMakers debut, directing the Summer Youth Conservatory Production of Bye Bye Birdie.

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