COSTUMES THIS TUESDAY

Dear Birdie Actors,

Don’t forget to bring your costumes to rehearsal this Tuesday December 19th.

BYE BYE BIRDIE COSTUME PLOT

Below is a list of suggested costume styles for Judd’s production of Bye Bye Birdie. The show was set to take place in 1958, so fashions were definitely quite different than today’s contemporary attire! I will be happy to answer questions and guide you as much as possible (and perhaps even provide some costume items). Please feel free to email me at cmccaffrey@nbtschools.org. Thank you! – Carolyn McCaffrey (Room 219)

ALBERT: He is an adult who owns a business and would dress in a suit and tie. In other words, try to dress like Mr. Schmidt!

(Suit jacket and pants, white or pastel colored button-front dress shirt, necktie, nice shoes)

Note: For Scene 7 – Crazy Kid Runaways (Jahn) – a RED necktie would be ideal for Everything is Rosy. I can provide it if needed.

CONRAD BIRDIE: “Elvis Presley”-type character. Please note that I have suggested different style outfits based upon the scene.

Scene 4 – Hero’s Welcome (Andrew)

*White crew neck T-shirt, tight straight-leg blue jeans cuffed up (or black jeans), black leather jacket, tall black boots (or black “Chuck Taylor Converse” style sneakers).

Scene 6 – The Big “Shew” (Jason)

*Option 1: White or gold 1-piece “Elvis-style” costume (available on Amazon or from various Halloween costume stores or websites)

*Option 2: Suit jacket and pants, white or pastel colored button-front dress shirt, necktie, nice shoes

Scene 7 – Crazy Kid Runaways (Jason F)

*White crew neck T-shirt, tight straight-leg blue jeans cuffed up (or black jeans), black leather jacket, tall black boots (or black “Chuck Taylor Converse” style sneakers)

ROSIE: She is an adult “businesswoman” and should dress in a conservative manner. Dress (preferably not black) or business suit with blouse, low heels/pumps, jewelry

Note: For Scene 7 – Crazy Kid Runaways (Devon) – a RED dress (or dress with some red in it) would be ideal for Everything is Rosy.

KIM: Teenager. Please note that I have suggested different style outfits based upon the scene.

Scene 3 – Growing Up (Isabella) Crop pants or leggings (bright or pastel colors, not black), cute coordinating top, white bobby

socks/anklets, white canvas lace-up sneakers (Keds style)

Scene 4 – Hero’s Welcome (Vanna)

Circle skirt/poodle skirt, blouse and/or button-front cardigan sweater, white bobby socks/anklets,

Shoes: white canvas lace-up sneakers (Keds style), OR saddle shoes, OR penny loafers

Scene 6 – The Big “Shew” (Rosie) Dress (somewhat fancy), low heels or flats, simple jewelry, hair worn down

Scene 7 – Crazy Kid Runaways (Elizabeth)

Crop pants or leggings (bright or pastel colors, not black), cute coordinating top, white bobby socks/anklets, white canvas lace-up sneakers (Keds style)

URSULA: Head of Conrad Birdie’s Fan Club

*Option 1: Circle skirt/poodle skirt, blouse, button-front cardigan sweater, white bobby socks/anklets

Shoes: white canvas lace-up sneakers (Keds style), OR saddle shoes, OR penny loafers

*Option 2: Crop pants or leggings (bright or pastel colors, not black), cotton button-front blouse, button front cardigan, white bobby socks/anklets, white canvas lace-up sneakers (Keds style)

MAYOR: Try to dress like Mr. Schmidt!

*Suit jacket and pants, white button-front dress shirt, necktie, nice shoes, “Mayor” sash

MRS. MacAFEE: Kim’s mother. She should have a “housewife” look. Please note that I have suggested different style outfits based upon the scene.

Scene 3 – Growing Up (Alicia)

*Casual dress, apron, flat shoes. I can provide an apron if needed.

Scene 4 – Hero’s Welcome

*Dress, low heels/pumps, jewelry

Scene 6 – The Big “Shew” (Mabelle)

*Fancy dress, heels/pumps, white gloves, hat. I can provide a hat and gloves if needed.

Scene 7 – Crazy Kid Runaways (Ashantie)

*Casual dress, apron, flat shoes. I can provide an apron if needed.

MR. MacAFEE: Kim’s father. He should have a conservative “Dad” look. Please note that I have suggested different style outfits based upon the scene.

Scene 3 – Growing Up (Alex)

*Button front shirt (either long or short sleeves), long pants (NOT jeans), sweater vest or cardigan, shoes (not sneakers)

Scene 4 – Hero’s Welcome (Haonullah)

*Button front shirt (either long or short sleeves), long pants (NOT jeans), sweater vest or cardigan, necktie or bow tie, shoes (not sneakers)

Scene 6 – The Big “Shew” (Bo). Try to dress like Mr. Schmidt!

*Suit jacket and pants, white or pastel colored button-front dress shirt, necktie, nice shoes

HUGO PEABODY: Kim’s boyfriend. He is conservative and dresses somewhat “nerdy”. Plaid button-front shirt, long pants (not jeans), pullover sweater vest, bowtie, white socks

Shoes: penny loafers or black “Chuck Taylor Converse” style sneakers. I may be able to provide a sweater vest and bow tie

ED SULLIVAN: Try to dress like Mr. Schmidt! Suit jacket and pants, white or pastel colored button-front dress shirt, necktie, nice shoes

MAE PETERSON: Albert’s mother. She should dress like an “old lady” with a somewhat “frumpy” look. Dress or blouse with skirt, rolled-down knee high nylon stockings, big sweater or fur coat, hat with netting, old lady shoes, large purse. I may be able to provide a hat as well as other items to create this look.

TOWN KIDS – BOYS

*Button-front shirt (white, pastel, or plaid with short or long sleeves), long pants or straight-leg blue jeans cuffed up, belt, white socks. Shoes: penny loafers or black “Chuck Taylor Converse” style sneakers

TOWN KIDS – GIRLS

*Option 1: Circle skirt/poodle skirt, blouse, button-front cardigan sweater, white bobby socks/anklets

Shoes: white canvas lace-up sneakers (Keds style), OR saddle shoes, OR penny loafers

*Option 2: Crop pants or leggings (bright or pastel colors, not black), cotton button-front blouse, button front cardigan, white bobby socks/anklets, white canvas lace-up sneakers (Keds style)

CHORUS: You may opt to dress like the Town Kids, or you may wear the traditional Chorus attire of white tops with black bottoms.

HAIR TIPS: In order to try to follow the hairstyles of the late 1950’s, it is recommended that:

BOYS – Wear side parts with hair “slicked” back.

GIRLS – Wear high ponytails with hair ribbons, OR pigtails with hair ribbons.

I will try to recommend hairstyles to the female students who are playing the adult roles of Rosie, Mae, and Mrs. MacAfee.

Also, please note that shirts and blouses were worn TUCKED IN, not shirt tails out. Therefore, belts are recommended for the boys. Girls may also want to consider cinch belts depending on their chosen costume style.