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“Spelling Bee” Auditions! June 2016

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 

Stage Director & Choreographer: Justin McCoubry, Musical Director: John Eldridge

Audition dates: Monday June 20, 7PM, Saturday June 25, 1PM

Please bring two contrasting songs that show vocal and character range – emphasis on character! They should be in the style of the show (contemporary musical) but not from the show. There will be an accompanist. You will also be asked to read scenes from the show.

Please bring your resume and headshot.
Please fill out this form and bring a copy: Spelling Bee audition form

Groups of actors will be scheduled in one-hour blocks.

 Callbacks: Sunday June 26, 1PM

You will be asked to read for the specific character you are being called back for, and sing through songs from the show (you’ll know ahead of time which songs so you can prepare). There will also be a short movement piece.

Rehearsal dates:

Rehearsals will begin the end of June, and throughout the summer will only be on weekday evenings so you can have your summer weekends free!

Production dates:

Sept 9-11, Sept 16-18, Sept 23-25. Performance times are 8PM on Fri and Sat, 4PM on Sunday

Actors and actresses of all age ranges, races, shapes and sizes are encouraged to audition. The directing team is open to casting roles in unconventional and unexpected ways.

Questions? Want to schedule a time slot? Contact Judy Weinberg, production manager, at judylynnweinberg@gmail.com, or leave a message on the theatre’s voice mail, 781-646-5922, Ext. 1.

THE SPELLERS:

LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUNENIERRE: At ten years old, Logainne is the youngest and most politically aware speller, often making comments about current political figures. “SCHWARTZY” is driven by internal and external pressure, but above all by a desire to win to make her two fathers proud. She is somewhat of a neat freak, speaks with a lisp, and will be back next year.

RANGE: A3 – F5
Requires a strong comedic character actress, with strong vocal and harmonizing skills.

MARCY PARK: A recent transfer from Virginia, Marcy 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 the bathroom cabinet, and is getting very tired of always winning. She is the poster child for the OverAchiever, and attends a Catholic school called “Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows.” She is also not allowed to cry.

RANGE: C4 – E5
Requires a strong comedic character actress, with strong vocal and harmonizing skills. Also requires strong movement skills – strange talents and tricks are welcomed!

OLIVE OSTROVSKY: A newcomer to competitive spelling. Her mother is in an ashram in India, and her father is working late, as usual, but he is trying to come sometime during the bee. 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, and shyly blossoms.

RANGE: B3 – F5
Requires a strong comedic character actress, with strong vocal and harmonizing skills.

CHIP TOLENTINO: An athletic Boy Scout and champion of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, he returns to defend his title, but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment. One of the oldest in the bunch, Chip is overconfident and a bit of a show off.

RANGE: C4 – B5

Requires a strong comedic character actor, with very strong vocal and harmonizing skills.

LEAF CONEYBEAR: The second runner-up in his district, Leaf gets into the competition on a lark and finds everything about the bee incredibly amusing. He is home-schooled and comes from a large family of former hippies. He has severe Attention Deficit Disorder and spells words correctly while in a trance.

RANGE: A3 – A5
Requires a very strong comedic character actor, with strong vocal and harmonizing skills.

WILLIAM BARFEE: A Putnam County Spelling Bee finalist last year, he was eliminated because of 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, bullying, nerdy personality.  He develops a crush on Olive despite is focus on the win.
RANGE: E4 – B5
Requires a very strong comedic character actor, with strong vocal and harmonizing skills. Some movement ability is a plus.

THE GROWN UPS:

RONA LISA PERETTI: The number-one realtor in Putnam County, a former Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion herself, and the returning moderator. She is a sweet woman who loves children. Her interest in the competition is unflagging and drives it forward. She is a show-woman – polished and poised.

RANGE: B3 – A
Requires a strong comedic character actress, with great improv skills. Also very strong vocal and harmonizing skills.

MITCH or MADGE MAHONEY: The Official Comfort Counselor. An exconvict, Mitch/Madge is performing community service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to losing students. He/She has no idea how to offer comfort, but does find him/herself wishing he/she could find a way to make the kids feel better.

RANGE: E4 – A5
Requires a strong comedic character actor/actress, with very strong vocal and harmonizing skills.

DOUGLAS PANCH: The Vice Principal of Putnam Middle School. Frustrated with his life, he finds the drive of the young spellers alien to him. After five years’ absence from the Bee, Panch returns as judge. There was an “incident” at the Twentieth Annual Bee, but he claims to be in “a better place” now, thanks to a diet change.

Requires a strong comedic character actor, with great improv skills. Some singing required.

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