Audition Information for:

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Dates: January 25th and January 26th
Callbacks possibly January 28th

Place: Generations Church at 1951 GA-42 McDonough, Ga 30253.

Time: 7:00-9:00 pm

Age: 16+...

Rating: PG13

What to Prepare: Please have prepared at least 16 bars of a comedic solo to demonstrate your vocal
range. Please provide accompaniment. CD player/MP3 hook-ups will be available, or you can sing acapella. This show is all
about character, so the song of choice should not only show your vocal range but your ability to play a
character. You may sing songs from the show if you choose.
Please also be prepared to stay around for cold reads as well as possible improvisation on scenarios (don’t worry, this one is just for fun!)

Performance Dates: April 14th-17th and April 21st-24th
(please keep the last weekend of April 29th-May 1st open as well as we may add a 3rd weekend depending on the need)

Rehearsals will be throughout February and March. Schedule will be provided at auditions to check your availability. Please be ready to disclose any dates you will not be available so schedules can be adjusted.

Synopsis:
Six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn't everything.
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box!

A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.


Character Descriptions + Solos + Vocal Ranges:

Please Note: Most cast members sing in ensemble musical numbers, although all of these musical numbers are NOT included below.

The Girl 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. Sings “Woe is Me” and Reprise A3 - F5

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 Over-Achiever, and attends a Catholic school called "Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows." She is also not allowed to cry. Sings “I Speak Six Languages” C4 - E5

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. Sings “My Friend The Dictionary” Sings “The I Love You Song” Sings “Second” B3 - F5

The Boy Spellers:

CHIP TOLENTINO: An athletic and social 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. Sings lots of high notes (B) “Pandemonium” Sings “My Unfortunate Distraction” C4 - B5

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. Sings “I’m not that smart” and Reprise A3 - A5

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 personality. He develops a crush on Olive. Sings “Magic Foot” (high notes) Sings “Second” E4 - B5

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. Sings “Rona Moments” B3 - F5

MITCH or MADGE MAHONEY: The Official Comfort Counselor. An ex-convict, 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. Sings “Prayer of the Comfort Counselor” E4 - A5

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 high-fiber diet and Jungian analysis. Sings only in ensemble musical numbers, no solos.

Parents and Deities (Roles May Be Doubled):
JESUS CHRIST: Deity invoked by a speller in need. Non-singing role, usually played by the person who plays Chip.

CARL DAD: Schwarzy's main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy's fathers. Usually played by one of the other male spellers. Sings “Woe is Me” G3 - D5

DAN DAD: The more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy's fathers. Usually played by one of the other male spellers. Sings “Woe is Me” G3 - D5

OLIVE's MOM: A fantasy version of Olive's mom at her Ashram in India. Usually played by Ms. Peretti. Sings “The I Love You Song” D4 - E5

OLIVE's DAD: A fantasy version of Olive's dad coming to the bee from work. Usually played by Coneybear or Chip. Sings “The I Love You Song” E4 - B5

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