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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
January 20 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Audition Contact: Stephen Carr / firstname.lastname@example.org
Audition Venue: Roleystone Family Centre
Audition Date(s): Sunday 20th January 2019
Audition Time(s): 10am – 6pm
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your session to fill in forms and have your photo taken.
The audition will consist of the following;
Movement auditions will take place as a group prior to singing and acting auditions.
The choreographers will teach auditionees a short routine which will be performed as a group at the start of the audition block.
Please wear comfortable clothes and enclosed footwear. No bare feet, socks or thongs. If you do not own dance shoes, sneakers are acceptable.
INDIVIDUAL VOCAL AUDITION:
Individual vocal auditions will take place after the choreography and will be closed.
All auditionees are required to audition with approximately 1-2 minutes of a song of their choosing in the style of the show. It is advised that audionees choose a song that best displays their vocal tone and range (range is especially important for the male roles). If auditioning with another person, a duet is acceptable.
Please provide a backing, either on CD, phone, or iPod, or your own accompanist. There will be a piano available to use on the day if you bring your own pianist. For those auditionees bringing their backing on CD, it is advised that you have a backup copy in the event of the CD not reading.
Please do not sing a capella.
Acting excerpts will be provided on the day. We will provide a partner to read against
There is no preparation necessary for your acting audition, however, it is advised you read up on the character/s you are auditioning for and have a good grasp of the style of the show.
All cast members will require a generic American accent at audition. Please attempt an accent at your audition, even if you are not confident. If you are successful at your audition, we will work on your accent with you.
NOTES & TIPS FOR AUDITIONEES
If you have auditioned for us before, welcome back! If this is your first audition at Roleystone, we are excited to meet you. If this is your first audition ever, well done on coming along and welcome to the community theatre family. We encourage anyone and everyone to audition.
Your audition is to assess your vocal, choreography and acting capabilities, and we want you to do the best audition you can. Do not be afraid to seek clarification of any instruction that you do not understand.
We also want you to show off what you can do. Performing is not just about singing in key or remembering lines. Use every second of your audition to push yourself and show the audition panel why you should be in the show.
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.
-Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere (Schwartzy)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Ensemble/Featured Roles –
Schwarzy’s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by actor playing Leaf.
The more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.
Deity invoked by a speller in need. Normally played by the actor playing Chip.
-Leaf’s Mom, Dad, And Siblings
All more academically gifted than Leaf, they are even more surprised than he is by his success. Normally played by the spellers and audience volunteers as indicated in the script.
A fantasy version of Olive’s dad coming to the bee from work. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.
A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India. Normally played by the actor playing Rona.
PLEASE NOTE – Age restriction
Auditions are open to everyone over the age of 16, however some roles will only be available to those over the age of 18 due to choreography and costuming.
Show: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Author: Book by Rachel Shienkin . Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Venue: Roleystone Theatre
Theatre Company: Roleystone Theatre Inc.
Show Dates: May 3-12th 2019
Director: Stephen Carr
MD: Bree Hartley
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. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for community theatres. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.