Call Answered: Cameron Burrill: "Bye Bye Birdie" at New Paradigm Theatre Company
This August, New Paradigm Theatre Company in Connecticut is presenting one of the most beloved musicals of our time, Bye Bye Birdie. In an American Idol-type search, New Paradigm Theatre Company looked far and wide to find their “Conrad Birdie,” Cameron Burrill.
Out of 120 submissions, the judges narrowed down the search to just seven finalists whose final callbacks were performed in front of a live audience at New Paradigm Theatre Company’s Gala. And the winner was Cameron!
In addition to winning the role of “Conrad Birdie,” Cameron gets:
A professional role for his resume
A professional Fee for services
Footage from the show cut into a demo reel for his website or youtube channel
A FAN CLUB! created for him from May 5 through the end of the show which includes TV appearances and all PR for the show. NPT’s Teen Youth Board members will create a “Fan Club” specifically to promote him for the three months leading up to the production. Some features include extensive social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram posting), and all around crashing the boards in PR for you!
Additionally Cameron gets the perks that all finalist were awarded:
A complimentary pass to attend New Paradigm Theatre Company’s “How to get a NY agent” event in June with Jeremy Sickels from The Daniel Hoff agency for feedback and connections.
2 Complimentary tickets to Bye Bye Birdie.
30 minute “Entertainment Business coaching called The Business of the Business” and from Emmy Nominated actor and director Scott Bryce
Half hour Voice coaching from Broadway veteran and NPT Artistic Director Kristin Huffman
Extensive Press and PR surrounding the competition for this role will include you!
New Paradigm Theatre Company will present Bye Bye Birdie on August 16 & 17 only! Click here for tickets!
1. This summer you are starring as "Conrad Birdie" in New Paradigm Theatre Company's production of Bye Bye Birdie. You were cast when they hosted a nationwide "American Idol-type" search. What was this audition process like for you? The audition process was completely unique. Usually an audition takes place in a small room with 3-7 people in front of you. In this case it was a performance in front of an audience that included your competition. I enjoyed it from the minute I arrived and got to know the staff, and my other “Conrad” candidates, to when they announced my name. However, being such a public event added a certain kind of unique pressure that you don’t experience in other auditions.
2. What was the most challenging part of this contest? What was the most fun? The most challenging part was the waiting…we performed in the first act of the gala and then we had to sit and wait for about an hour for the votes to be counted. With your competition sitting beside you, it makes an hour seem like 10. The most fun aside from the performing was getting to know everyone backstage, all the other candidates were extremely nice and talented guys that I loved hanging out with.
3. What do you relate to most about "Conrad Birdie"? I relate most to the music. I grew up listening to Elvis so it was no surprise when “Conrad's” songs struck a chord with me.
4. What is one characteristic of his you are glad you yourself do not possess? I hope to never be like “Conrad” at all. He is a mean, egotistical jerk. These are few qualities from “Conrad” that I would never hope to have…That being said, my own ambitions to be a rockstar are extremely present and I cannot wait to play the role.
5. "Conrad Birdie" is inspired by the phenomenon of Elvis Presley. Who would you consider to be the "Conrad Birdie" of today? Though the music style is a bit more punk rock, Brendon Urie of Panic at the Disco not only has an amazing voice, he has a sense of swagger and command when he is onstage. That to me is reminiscent of “Conrad” and “The King” himself.
6. One song you sing in the show is "One Last Kiss." If you could give any celebrity "One Last Kiss" who would it be? My celebrity last kiss would go to Jennifer Lawrence, I have always had a crush on her.
7. Another song you sing in the show is "A Lot of Livin' To Do." What are some things you hope you get to do in your lifetime? My life goals all consist of travel. If given the opportunity I would go anywhere I could. I really want to travel to India, Australia, and the Bahamas. When I graduate from school I would love to plan a backpacking trip across Europe.
8. Who or what inspired you to become an actor? It was my mom. In the 4th grade she forced me into playing the “Emperor” in the Emperor’s New Clothes, and that’s when I caught the performing bug. It was only strengthened at a Performing Arts camp where I met Ben Bogen. He inspired me to go to school and pursue performance as a career.
More on Cameron:
Originally from San Francisco, Cameron is now is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. Some of his favorites roles include “Matt” in The Fantasticks and “Pippin” in Pippin. Before this production of Bye Bye Birdie starts Cameron will be in California as a part of Broadway By the Bay’s production of Grease.