The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Production Company
Secondary Characters Musical Theatre Society
Casting Director(s): 
Shelley Wojcik, Artistic Director
Union Status
Non-Union
Project Type
Theatre / Live Performance
Student Production
No
Compensation Details

Non-paying

Audition Date(s)
March 16 & 17
Audition Location
Chilliwack
Shoot / Perf. Date(s)
July 18-28
Shoot / Perf. Location(s)
Chilliwack Cultural Center
Submission Deadline
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Submission Instructions

One or two musical theatre song excerpts; the full song is not necessary, but completely acceptable. A pianist will be provided; please bring sheet music.
Head here to sign up for your Spelling Bee audition or for more audition information: http://www.secondarycharacters.org/auditions.html

Project Synopsis
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 lives, the tweens 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 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 1
Chip Tolentino
Age
Child (played by adult)
Gender
Male
Description
An athletic, 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.
Character 2
Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere (Schwartzy)
Age
Child (played by adult)
Gender
Female
Description
Logainne is the youngest and most politically aware speller, often making comments about current political figures. She 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 and speaks with a lisp.
Character 3
Leaf Coneybear
Age
Child (played by adult)
Gender
Male
Description
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.
Character 4
William Barfee
Age
Child (played by adult)
Gender
Male
Description
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.
Character 5
Marcy Park
Age
Child (played by adult)
Gender
Female
Description
The ultimate over-achiever, Marcy has never been given another option. She comes from a family where excellence is expected and so simply produced. A parochial school student, she assumes God, too, expects perfection.
Additional Characters

- Olive Ostrovsky (child played by adult)
- Rona Lisa Peretti (adult)
- Douglas Panch, Vice Principal (adult)
- Mitch Mahoney, Comfort Counsellor (adult)