Thursday, April 2, 2015

B is for Bye Bye Birdie


Day 2: B is for Bye Bye Birdie

Yep, the second day of the A to Z Challenge will be about another show. Just to let you know in advance, there will be 8 days of this challenge that will feature shows that I've been in.

     Throwing this back to 2008, Bye Bye Birdie was the first musical/show that I tried out for in my local theatre company. It was a big step for me. As a child, I was really shy and as a teen, I went through a health scare/diagnosis (which I will be talking about in a later post, so keep an eye out) and let it control me, making me not want to talk to anybody and didn't trust people easily. Eventually, something clicked in my brain and I had to make a choice: either let fear control my life or put myself out there. At that moment, I knew I had to just put myself out there and start letting people in. I have always loved musicals and had seen previous shows at the same theatre company for years before getting up the nerve to try out. I originally tried for a comedy show several months before in the same company. I let my nerves get the best of me at the audition, but the director advised me to audition for the musicals instead so that I would get more comfortable with performing in public. Trying out for Bye Bye Birdie was one of the greatest moments in my life. I let down my guard and got out of my comfort zone and I'm really glad I did. I was cast as a teen chorus member and we were actually in a lot of scenes.

A scene with the full cast if I remember correctly.

Apparently back then, I didn't think to take pictures in my costumes, so I'm going to do something different today. Bye Bye Birdie is a great musical, so I thought I would share some of my favorite songs.

"Put on a Happy Face"

This is Dick Van Dyke as Albert Peterson and Janet Leigh as Rosie Alvarez in a musical production of Bye Bye Birdie.

This is my absolute favorite song from the show. Once again, this is Dick Van Dyke and Janet Leigh performing the song.

"The Telephone Hour"
While this song may not necessarily be one of my favorites from Bye Bye Birdie, it is one of the songs that I had to sing in the show.

To end this, I'm posting two pictures taken from the cast party.
Me and some of the teen chorus girls.

Me and Danny, who played Conrad Birdie and encouraged me during the show.

Happy Reading and Keep on Writing!



  1. Thanks for dropping by, another great play. I think it is so cool that you have been able to be in so many productions.

    1. Thanks Maria! I originally did it to get over being shy and have more confidence in myself, but it ended up being one of the best decisions I made.

  2. This is one of my best friend's favorite movies! We've seen it LOADS of times. Great choice!

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy

    1. Thank you! Yea, it's one of my favorite movies/musicals as well. Glad you like it.

  3. I haven't seen this one. Need to check it out. Thanks for sharing :)
    *Shantala @ ShanayaTales*

    1. You're welcome. Bye Bye Birdie is really a great show!