THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
November 11 from 6-8pm
November 12 from 7-9pm
"Life is random and unfair. Life is Pandemonium."
About the Show
Marc C. Howard, D-i-r-e-c-t-o-r
D. Keith Stiver, M-u-s-i-c D-i-r-e-c-t-o-r
Civia Wiesner, P-r-o-d-u-c-e-r
Julia Reid, S-t-a-g-e M-a-n-a-g-e-r
Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
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 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
Auditions are by appointment only
Auditions will be held at The Geauga Lyric Arts Center, 106 Water St, Chardon, OH 44024
Please bring a resume, headshot and 16-32 measures from a song not in the show. Prepare your sheet music for an accompanist. No a capella or taped music. If invited to callbacks, scene work, and further music will be given.
Rehearsal & Performance Information
Rehearsals: Will begin Sunday, December 2
Performances are Feb 1st -17th, 2019, Friday & Saturdays at 7:30pm & Sundays at 2:00pm.
All roles are open
Charlito “Chip” Tolentino Male, Tenor, C4 - B5, 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. Other roles played by Chip: Jesus Christ Male, Tenor, Deity invoked by a speller in need.
Logainne “Schwartzy” Schwartzandgrunenierre Female, Mezzo-Soprano, A3 - F5, 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 signs as she spells and will be back next year.
Leaf Coneybear Male, Tenor, A3 - A5, 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. Other roles played by Leaf: Carl Dad Male, Tenor, Schwarzy's main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy's fathers.
William Barfee Male, Tenor, E4 - B5, 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 Female, Mezzo-Soprano, C4 - E5, 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-Achieving Asian, and attends a Catholic school called "Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows." She is also not allowed to cry.
Olive Ostrowski Female, Mezzo-Soprano, B3 - F5, 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 Female, Mezzo-Soprano, B3 - F5, 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.Other roles played by Rona: Olive's Mom Female, Mezzo-Soprano, A fantasy version of Olive's mom at her Ashram in India.
Vice Principal Douglas Panch Male, Spoken, 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 Male, Tenor, G3 - B5. 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. Other roles played by Mitch: Dan Dad Male, Tenor, the more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy's fathers. Olive's Dad Male, Tenor, A fantasy version of Olive's dad coming to the bee from work.