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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Twelfth Night Productions

  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • Twelfth Night Productions
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Non-Union; Other Union
  • Seattle, WA
  • Project Begins: Mar 1, 2020
  • Project Ends: May 3, 2020

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  • Contact Person: Valerie Reid
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    Prefered method of submission: Email

    Audition Location:
    TPS, but must have an appointment

    Submission instructions:
    Email for an appointment

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.


Other details:
Harry Turpin - Director
Mark Rabe - Music Director
Valerie Reid - Stage Manager

Show Dates:
April 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 and May 1, 2, 3


Character Breakdown / Project Needs
All roles open.
Open to gender blind casting.
Seeking performers who are quick on their feet and can adapt to improv-style environments.
Also looking for strong musicians

Chip Tolentino
Tenor to B- 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. (Doubles as Jesus Christ)
Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere (Schwartzy)
Alto G to Eb- 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, speaks with a lisp, and will be back next year.
Leaf Coneybear
Baritone to G- 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. (Doubles as Carl Dad)
William Barfee
Tenor to Bb- 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.
Marcy Park
Mezzo to Eb- 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. She sees herself as a mass of problems but she keeps them to herself. Having moved often because of her parents' work, she knows she can beat the local competition. Her many talents include piano, dance, martial arts, baton twirling, and/or whatever special gifts you can find in your casting pool.
Olive Ostrovsky
Mezzo A to high G- A young 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.
Rona Lisa Peretti
Mezzo up to A- 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, 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 and drives it forward. (Also portrays Olive's Mom)
Douglas Panch
Very minimal singing- The Vice Principle. 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. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but she does not return his affections.
Mitch Mahoney
Baritone to A- The Official Comfort Counselor. An ex-convict, Mitch is performing his community service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to 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. (Also portrays Dan Dad, Olive's Dad) 

Audition/Interview Dates:
December 3rd and 4th 6:30pm-10:30pm

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
December 7th 10am-6pm (not needed the whole time)

Audition Requirements:
Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre song as well as a comedic monologue, no longer than 1.5 minutes. Accompanist will be provided. Please bring music in the correct key. Please have a second selection prepared.
Please also be prepared to improvise a story. Scenario given in the room. Note: Not everyone will be asked to improvise.
Bring your headshot and current resume with you to the auditions.
Please also bring a list of conflicts with you to the auditions for the audition form.

Monetary compensation:
Travel Stipend- $50

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