Teenagers, rock & roll and national television – Bye Bye Birdie captures the energy and excitement of the late 1950s with warmth, hilarity and an exuberant score.

A loving send-up of the 1950s, 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 for teens, and a hilarious script, Birdie continues to thrill audiences around the world.

Plot: When the draft selects rock star Conrad Birdie, his fans are devastated, but none more than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, whose song Birdie was just about to record. Albert's longtime girlfriend, Rosie, pushes Albert to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on television to a fan selected in a contest. The scheme works, with young Ohio teenager Kim McAfee declared the winner, but no one has counted on the jealous wrath of her boyfriend.

Director: Elise Palma
Music Director: Andy Marrufo
Choreographer: Blair Semon
Stage Manager:  Beth Cook 

Dates / Times:

  • Friday, Jan 26th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Jan 27th @ 7:30pm
  • Sunday, Jan 28th @ 2:00pm
  • Thursday, Feb 1st @ 10:00am  
  • Friday, Feb 2nd @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 3rd @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 3rd @ 7:30pm
  • Sunday, Feb 4th @ 2:00pm
  • School Days Performance

Ticket Prices:

Mesa Arts Center - Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse:

One East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201

Parent Meeting

Wednesday, November 8th 7:00pm

1st Parent Meeting 11/8/23 at 7:00 2nd Parent Meeting 1/10/24 at 7:00