Bye Bye Birdie at Tilghman

The Broadway classic, Bye Bye Birdie will be performed at the Paducah Tilghman High School auditorium. Join these talented young people for this great production which will be performed on the following dates: Saturday, November 11, at 2:30 pm; Saturday, November 11, at 7:00 pm; and Sunday, November 12 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5, $10 or $15.

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Matt Hinz is the choral and musical director, Al Knudsen is the theatrical director and Emi Hensel is the choreographer.  

Bye Bye Birdie is one of the most produced musicals in high schools for a reason,” Hinz told me. “The story and the music are great! It’s family friendly and about something that we can all relate to - the teenage adoration of a pop star. Our students get the chance to be themselves in this musical... teenagers!”

Tilghman has a long history of great stage productions and this one will be no exception!  

“Our cast is full of some of Tilghman's finest performers and audiences will love what they see and hear,” Hinz added. “They  can expect great music which includes a full professional orchestra and high energy numbers that will have them tapping their toes in their seats.  It is also a great musical to bring the whole family too! Kids will love to see the title character, Conrad Birdie, singing and dancing all over the stage.”   


  • Albert Peterson – Isaac Galliher
  • Rose Alvarez – Emma Johnson
  • Conrad Birdie – Jalen Harris
  • Kim MacAfee – Sarah Katz
  • Mr. Harry MacAfee – Alec Wadley
  • Mrs. Dorris MacAfee – Emery Wainscott
  • Randolph MacAfee – Blain Oliver
  • Hugo Peabody – Mark Taylor
  • Ursula Merkle – Katie Peck
  • Mrs. Mae Peterson – Makiya Woods


  • Alice, Sad Girl – Julie Mohs
  • Margie – Carrie Houser
  • Deborah Sue -  Zyla Dortch
  • Harvey Johnson – Nick Tooley
  • Helen – Liberty Guyette
  • Nancy/Gloria Rasputin – Olivia Ellison
  • Penelope – Hadley Pierce
  • Suzie – Sydney Martin
  • Karl/Voice of Ed Sullivan – Travis Trimble
  • Freddie – Matthew Mayes
  • Teen Boys – Elijah Patrick, Bret Bundy
  • Teen Girls - Erin Stafford, Elizabeth Losher


  • Mayor – Vic Tyler
  • Mayor’s Wife – Alyssa Pierson
  • Mrs. Merkle – Raven Butler
  • Mr. Johnson – Travis Trimble
  • First Reporter/Adult – Skye Milford
  • Second Reporter/Adult  – Addison Johnson
  • Charles F. Maude – Dale Julian
  • Bar Patrons – Nick Tooley, Elijah Patrick, Travis Trimble, Aiden Caywood
  • Shriners – Vic Tyler, Bret Bundy, Coy Merry, Matthew Mayes, Nick Tooley, Elijah Patrick, Travis Trimble, Aiden Caywood

About Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie is a stage musical based on a book by Michael Stewart, with lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse.

Originally titled ‘Let's Go Steady’, Bye Bye Birdie is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. The rock star character's name, "Conrad Birdie", is word play on the name of Conway Twitty. Twitty is best remembered today for his long career as a country music star, but in the late 1950s, he was one of Presley's rock 'n' roll rivals.

The original 1960–1961 Broadway production was a Tony Award–winning success. It spawned a London production and several major revivals, a sequel, a 1963 film, and a 1995 television production. The show also became a popular choice for high school and college productions

The pop star, Conrad Birdie, is drafted to war. Songwriter Albert Peterson hatches a plot with his secretary - and long-suffering girlfriend - to get rock-and-roll phenomenon Conrad Birdie to sing one of his songs on the Ed Sullivan show. The pop star would then symbolically kiss goodbye to a young lady chosen at random from the country's womanhood, this being his last appearance before being drafted. Complicated to start with, things get more tricky as everyone descends on the small town where the chosen girl lives.