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Bye Bye Birdie 3

Bye Bye Birdie

Manitou Opera House
325 Main St., Manitou, MB

"A loving send-up of the 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, BYE BYE BIRDIE remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss.

Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts..., and a hilarious script, BIRDIE continues to thrill audiences around the world."

Join a talented cast and crew of community players from across southern Manitoba as they present:


A Musical Comedy

Book by Michael Stewart
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Originally Produced by Edward Padula


Bye Bye Birdie 4


  • Friday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 29, 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 30, 3 PM
  • Friday, Aug 4, 7:00 PM - SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, Aug 5, 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, Aug 6, 3:00 PM

Patron Information:

Seating: With the exception of the balcony, all seating is assigned. When you reserve your tickets, you may have the choice of main floor or balcony seats. Seating is limited.

Guest Services: Doors open 1/2 hour prior to performance (to keep the building cool in the summer months). Patrons are welcome to come early to enjoy the local communities or go for a meal at a local restaurant/eatery. Please note that the Manitou Opera House is a geothermally air conditioned building.

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Ticket Information

Main Floor Seating is by assigned seats. Balcony is by rush seating.

  • Adult: $20 Advance / $25 Door
  • Seniors (65+) / Youth (13-17): $15 Advance / $20 Door
  • Children (12 and under): $10 Advance / $12 Door

* Advanced Ticket prices are in effect until the day prior to the performance of your choice.


Ticket Locations (for Advance Ticket Pickup):

  • Pembina Hills Art Gallery, Morden (as of July 4)
  • CJ's Convenience, Manitou (as of July 4)

Ticket Reservations:

  • Send an email (please include your name, number of tickets, your desired date of attendance) to the Candlewick Email Contact:
  • Call 204-825-8406
  • Reserved Tickets will be held a the door for pickup upon your arrival (if ordered in advance, tickets will be held at the advanced ticket rates)

* Advanced Ticket prices are in effect until the day prior to the performance of your choice.

Bye Bye Birdie 2

The Cast

  • Albert Peterson - Bowen Wiebe (Winkler)
  • Rose Alvarez - Erin Klassen (Morden)
  • Kim MacAfee - Amelia Pahl (Morden)
  • Mrs. Doris MacAfee - Darlene Reimer (Miami)
  • ‎Mr. MacAfee - Chuck Fefchak (Morden)
  • ‎Randolf MacAfee - Milo Klassen (Morden)
  • Mrs. Mae Peterson - Joelle Borne (Morden)
  • Conrad Birdie - Devin Lowry (Darlingford)
  • Hugo Peabody - Bailey Zacharias (Morden) / Tyler Johnson (Manitou)
  • Ursula Merkle - Lexi Hacault (Manitou)
  • Helen - Nicole Blagden (Carman)
  • Nancy - Corinne Girouard (Notre Dame)
  • Alice - Cassandra Serle (Manitou)
  • Margie - Ruth Barker (La Riviere)
  • Penelope - Hailey Hunter (Manitou)
  • Cora - Sarah Sharpe (Manitou)
  • Deborah Sue - Oliviah Zacharias (Morden)
  • Suzie - Sarah De Baits (Notre Dame)
  • Hugo Peabody - Bailey Zacharias (Morden)
  • Harvey Johnson - Jackson Hacault (Manitou)
  • Fred - Xander Klassen (La Riviere)
  • Sad Girl/Chorus - Keeley Sheppard
  • Sad Girl/Chorus - Katie Lesage
  • Mayor of Sweet Apple - Craig Blagden (Carman)
  • Mayor's Wife - Jennifer Ching (Darlingford)
  • Gloria Rasputin/Adult/Chorus - Rose Sanders (Altamont)
  • Maude, Ed Sullivan, extras - Joel Klassen (Morden)
  • Reporter/Adult/Diner Customer/Chorus - Rob Riddell (Miami)
  • Reporter/Mr. Johnson/Stage Crew/Chorus - Bruce Fehr (Winkler)
  • Mrs. Merkle/Chorus - Rhonda Friesen (Morden)
  • Adult/Chorus/Voice/Stage Crew - Hannah Franz (Winkler)
  • Traveler/Adult Chorus- Lisa Froese (Winkler)
  • Traveler/Mother/Chorus - Helen Ens (Winkler)
  • Parent/Chorus - Linnea Blagden (Carmen)
  • Guitarman/Adult/Chorus - Harrison Penner (Morden)

Ensemble and Dancers

Bye Bye Birdie 2


  • Producer/Director - Richard J. Klassen
  • Assistant Director - Chuck Fefchack
  • Choreographer - Tanya Schobert
  • Choral Directors - Erin Klassen, Jennifer Nichol
  • Costumes - Ruth Barker, Vanessa Klassen
  • Costume Assistants - Arlene Barker, Lorine Fox, Mariette Howatt, Bridgette Lesage, Joy Pauls
  • Front of House Coordinators - Vanessa Klassen, Janice Unrau
  • Front of House Assistance - Karma Sheppard
  • Makeup Coordinators - Jennifer Dobson, Patsy Penner
  • Makeup Assistants - Robyn Desender, Evelyn Ramage, Joelle Borne, Lexi Hacault, Hailey Hunter, Olivia Zacharias
  • Makeup-Hair Coordinator - Lorine Fox
  • Makeup-Hair Assistants - Joelle Borne, Norma Debreuil, Sharon Schultz, Donna Thorliefson
  • Music: Orchestra Coordinator - Vanessa Klassen
  • Music: Rehearsal Pianists - Jason Dyck, Vanessa Klassen
  • Music: Choral Director - Jennifer Nichols
  • Music: Assistant Choral Director - Erin Klassen
  • Orchestra: Bass - Mariette Howatt
  • Orchestra: Drums - Anthony Pauls
  • Orchestra: Guitar - Jason Dyck
  • Orchestra: Piano - Vanessa Klassen
  • Program Design - Richard J. Klassen
  • Properties - Rhonda Friesen, Rob Riddell, Richard J. Klassen, Craig Blagden
  • Set Design - Richard J. Klassen
  • Set Construction - Jayden Bell, Harry Bergman, Craig Blagden, Abe Dyck, Edward Dyck, Ed Giesbrecht, Marius Klassen, Darren Klassen, Richard J. Klassen, Dillon Labossiere, Rob Riddell
  • Set Painting - Rhonda Friesen, Erin Klassen Dillon Labossiere, Rob Riddell, Darlene Reimer, Olivia Zacharias
  • Stage Manager - Rhonda Friesen
  • Assistant Stage Managers - Alex Worms, Tristan Klassen
  • Technical Director [Lights] - Josh Pharaoh
  • Technical Director [Sound] - Bill Howatt, Liam Klassen
  • Technical Director [Cues] - Marius Klassen
  • Technical Assistance - Riley Scharfenberg, Marius Klassen
  • Ticket Coordination - Vanessa Klassen
  • Website - Richard J. Klassen

An Overview

It is 1960, and a chorus of young girls energetically sings the praises of rock & roll idol Conrad Birdie. At Almelou Music Corp. in New York, Conrad’s managers, Albert Peterson and Rosie Alvarez (who’ve been dating for years), learn that their client has been inducted into the army. Though she’d prefer that Albert settle down and become “An English Teacher,” Rosie concocts a plan: as a publicity stunt, Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with a public farewell kiss. Rosie randomly selects the name of the lucky girl: fifteen-year-old Kim MacAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio.

Meanwhile, in Sweet Apple, every teenager in town is on the phone, gossiping about Kim and her new steady, Hugo Peabody (“The Telephone Hour”). Kim, who proudly celebrates her new maturity (“How Lovely To Be A Woman”), is astonished to hear the news about Birdie.

In New York’s Penn Station, Albert cheers up a downcast Birdie fan (“Put On A Happy Face”). Mae, Albert’s overbearing mother, voices her objections to his Spanish girlfriend, Rose, and Albert withers, failing to stand up for Rosie. Birdie arrives, pursued by reporters, but Albert and Rosie deftly manage the press (“Healthy Normal American Boy”). In Sweet Apple, Hugo is a bit jealous of the attention Kim pays to Birdie, but Kim assures Hugo he is the “One Boy” for her. On the courthouse steps, the Mayor welcomes Conrad, who bowls everyone over with his powerhouse hit, “Honestly Sincere.”

With Conrad staying for the week, the MacAfee household is completely turned upside down. A frustrated Mr. MacAfee is all set to put his foot down, until he hears the family will be appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show (“Hymn For A Sunday Evening”). Mae, who followed Albert and Rosie by bus, introduces Albert to a “sensational broad,” Gloria Rasputin, whom Albert begrudgingly hires as a typist. Rosie, enraged by Albert’s behavior, enlists the aide of Hugo in a plan to undermine the big show. On The Ed Sullivan Show, Conrad prepares to give Kim “One Last Kiss,” but at the last minute, Hugo steps onstage and punches Conrad, knocking him to the floor. Everyone scatters, and Rosie bids Albert a bitter farewell, leaving him alone on national television. Smiling nervously, Albert desperately tries to recover.

Act Two begins with Rosie and Kim packing up to leave their men (“What Did I Ever See In Him?”). Albert and Mae make a new plan: Conrad will now kiss Kim at the train station before he leaves. But Conrad is tired of being locked up in a suburban household, and he invites the kids to join him in a wild night out (“A Lot of Livin’ To Do”). Mr. and Mrs. MacAfee, fearing the worst, join up with other parents to find their teens (“Kids!”). Meanwhile, Rosie makes her way to downtown, where she refuses to take a phone call from Albert (“Baby, Talk To Me”). Mae continues to pester Albert and berate Rosie. Finally, Albert stands up to his mother, demanding that she go home.

At the Ice House, a popular “meeting spot” for teens, Kim tries to ward off Conrad’s advances. The parents and Hugo arrive just in time, and Kim realizes that she belongs with Hugo. Rosie and Albert make up, too, and Rosie has a bit of fun mocking Mae (“Spanish Rose”). The next morning, Albert sneaks Conrad out of town and tells Rose he’s accepted a teaching job in Pumpkin Falls, Iowa. Albert and Rose celebrate their new future (“Rosie”) and dance off into the sunset.


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Previous Candlewick Performances have included:

  • Robin Hood: Dark of the Woods (2016)
  • Mary Poppins (2015 musical)
  • Joseph: Man of Dreams (2014)
  • Tarzan (2013 musical)
  • Count of Monte Cristo (2012)
  • Beauty and the Beast (2011 musical)
  • Moses: Prince of Egypt (2010)
  • Fiddler on the Roof / Fidla oppan Dak (2009 musical)
  • Les Miserables (2008)
  • Samson and Delilah (2007)
Robin Rehearsal Mary Poppins 2 Joseph: Man of Dreams Tarzan Performance 4 Garden Party Beauty and the Beast Moses: Prince of Egypt Fidler on the Roof