25APCSB Square.jpg

AUDITIONS

JANUARY 26 & JANUARY 27

Instantly charming audiences with effortless wit, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows an eclectic and neurotic group of tweens vying for their local spelling championship. While candidly disclosing stories about their home-lives, the participants spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signifies a mistake - but at least the losers get a juice box. A riotous, fast-paced ride complete with audience participation, this show is a delightful showcase of comedic (and academic) genius!


IMPORTANT NOTE:

The original Broadway production of this show is rated PG-13, and contains
some themes and language that will be omitted from this production


AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

ACTING

Performers are asked to perform the monologue associated with the role of their choice, as listed in the character breakdown. While it is not required, it is strongly encouraged that monologues be memorized.

VOCALS

Performers should prepare a 32-bar cut of a song of their choice, in the style of  but not necessarily from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Please bring sheet music as an accompanist will be provided.


AUDITION FORM

Please bring a completed form with you to your audition; hard copies will be available at check-in should you forget!

Audition forms will be posted
closer to the date of auditions!

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

CHIP TOLENTINO

Chip is an athletic, social Boy Scout and champion of the 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He returns to defend his title, but finds affection for a contestant's sister hitting at an inopportune moment. (MALE - Vocal Range: C4-B5 / Monologue: TBD)

LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUNENIERRE

Logainne is the youngest and most politically-aware speller, driven by internal and external pressure, but above all by a desire to win and make her two fathers proud. She is somewhat of a neat-freak, speaks with a lisp, and will be back next year. (FEMALE - Vocal Range: A3-F5 / Monologue: TBD)

LEAF CONEYBEAR

The second runner-up in his district, Leaf gets into the competition on a lark and finds everything about the Bee incredible amusing. He is homeschooled and comes from a large family of former hippies. He has severe ADD and spells words correctly while in a trance. (MALE - Vocal Range: A3-A5 / Monologue: TBD)

WILLIAM BARFéE

A finalist in last year's Bee, William was eliminated due to an allergic reaction to peanuts, and is back for vindication. His famous "Magic Foot" method of spelling has boosted him to spelling glory, even though he only has one working nostril and a touchy, bullish personality. He develops a crush on Olive. (MALE - Vocal Range: E4-B5 / Monologue: TBD)

MARCY PARK

Marcy is a recent transfer from Virginia who placed ninth in last year's Nationals. She speaks six languages, is a member of All-American Hockey, a championship rugby player, plays Chopin and Mozart on multiple instruments, sleeps only three hours a night, hides in a bathroom cabinet, and is getting very tired of always winning. She is the poster child for the overachiever, and is not allowed to cry. (FEMALE - Vocal Range: C4-E5 / Monologue: TBD)

OLIVE OSTROVSKY

Olive is a young newcomer to competitive spelling. Her mother is finding herself in an ashram in India, and her father is working late - as usual. Having found comfort in its words and vastness, Olive made friends with her dictionary at a very young age, helping her to make it to the competition. She starts enormously shy, but blossoms.  (FEMALE - Vocal Range: B3-F5 / Monologue: TBD)

RONA LISA PERETTI

Rona Lisa is the #1 realtor in Putnam County, a former Bee champion herself, and the returning moderator. She is a sweet woman who loves children, but she can be very stern when it comes to dealing with Vice Principal Panch and his feelings for her. Her interest in the competition is unflagging. (FEMALE - Vocal Range: B3-F5 / Monologue: TBD)

DOUGLAS PANCH

Douglas is a Vice Principal frustrated with his life, who finds the drive of the young spellers alien to him. After five years' absence from the Bee, Panch returns as a judge. There was an "incident" at the 20th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, but he claims to be in a "better place" now thanks to a high-fiber diet. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but she does not return his affections.  (MALE - Vocal Range: non-singing / Monologue: TBD)

MITCH MAHONEY

An ex-convict, Mitch is the official Comfort Counselor, performing his community service at the Bee by handing out juice boxes to the losing students. He has no idea how to offer comfort, but does find himself wishing he could find a way to make the kids feel better. (MALE - Vocal Range: E4-A5 / Monologue: TBD)

CARL & Dan

Carl and Dan are Logainne's fathers. Carl is the more intense and competitive, while Dan is more laid-back but less effective. (MALE - Vocal Range: G3-D5 / Monologue: TBD)

OLIVE'S DAD

An imagined version of Olive's father who, in her fantasy, has left work to watch her compete in the Bee. (MALE - Vocal Range: E4-B5 / Monologue: TBD)

OLIVE'S MOM

An imagined version of Olive's father who, in her fantasy, has left India to watch her compete in the Bee. (FEMALE - Vocal Range: D4-B5 / Monologue: TBD)