December 4, 2016 – December 6, 2016 all-day
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

The Midnite Youth Theatre Company is excited to announce the auditions for The Ensemble production of the musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to be staged at the Subiaco Arts Centre Main Auditorium for 5 performances.

The auditions will be open to performers aged 18 – 25 years old (in 2017).

This is a hilarious musical of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. A quirky yet charming cast for who a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. Music and Lyrics by William Finn.

The show will rehearse at the Drama Centre, Christ Church Grammar School from December to March. Dates and times to be confirmed based on availability with a break over Christmas and New Year.

Directed by Gregory Jones, Musical Direction by Jackson Griggs, Choreography by Claire Nichols, Costume Design by Jay Waugh, Lighting Design by Tess Reuvers

5 Performances: Wed to Sat: March 15,16, 17, 18 (matinee) 18. 

Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco


SUNDAY 4 December 10am – 1pm

TUESDAY 6 December 2016 4pm to 6.30pm

Audition Requirements

Prepare an up tempo or character based musical theatre song. Accompanist provided.

Bring a 1 page acting resume or list of theatre/performing experience.

Email [email protected] to book your audition day/time slot


The Spellers

William Barfee

Eb3 – Bb4 Tenor

A finalist in last year’s Bee, he spells using his “magic foot” and has no interest in making friends at the bee.

Olive Ostrovsky

B3 – F5 Soprano

The heart of the show, Olive is basically deserted at the bee. Her mom is in ashram in India and her dad never shows up, even after promising that, this time, he’ll try to make it. Her best friend is a dictionary.

Leaf Coneybear

A2 – G4 Baritone or Tenor

As just the second runner-up in his district’s bee, he really shouldn’t be competing here. He makes his own clothes, is home schooled with his hippy parents and siblings, and lacks social skills. He’s strange but very sweet, loving, and kindhearted but distracted.

Marcy Park

B3 – E5 Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano

Marcy is the most feared and practiced competitor in the bee. She made it all the way to ninth place in Nationals last year and is back to win again. She sleeps three hours a night, speaks six languages, and does not recognize her own lack of humor. She is incredibly intense.

Logaine Schwartzandgrubenierre

C4 – D5 Soprano

Logaine is the youngest and most politically-aware speller, often making comments about current political figures and her mature world views. She has two overbearing gay dads who have turned her neurotic and self-conscious. She speaks with a lisp though has a real confidence about her at times.

Chip Tolentino

C3 – B4 Tenor

Last year’s Putnam County champ who begins to learn the ups and downs of puberty during the bee. He is strong willed, competitive, ambitious, and – most of all – very horny. This role has some of the most difficult singing in the show and requires long sustained high notes.

The ‘Adults’ 

Vice Principal Douglas Patch

Non-singing (but can be added to ensemble numbers if actor can sing)

He was involved in an “incident” at the Twentieth Annual Bee that got him removed from the judging panel. He returns this year in “a better place,” thanks to a high-fiber diet and Jungian analysis. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti. Impeccable comic timing and the ability to improv are both needed for this character.

Rona Lisa Peretti

C4 – A5 Soprano

This former Spelling Bee champ is not only the county’s top realtor, she also runs a highly lucrative eBay business, selling sensible pumps at sensible prices. She is incredibly kind to the spellers, having been in their shoes many years earlier. Should have both a high belt and improv skills. Along with Panch, she guides the comedy of the show and the audience volunteers.

Mitch Mahoney

E3 – A4 (B4) Tenor

This former felon is fulfilling his/her court ordered community service at the bee and acting as the bee’s “comfort counselor,” handing out juice boxes and a dose of reality to the losers. He/she comes across as scary and tough but is really a big softy deep down.

Supporting Cast:

Spellers, Parents, Fathers, Mothers, Jesus

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