THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Town and Country Players, 05/20/2017

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Start date of auditions: 05/20/2017

Audition Notice

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Town and Country Players is pleased to announce the auditions dates for its 2017 adult musical production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which will be performed with live music at our theater in Buckingham, PA. The production is being directed by Alana Caraccio; produced by Jillian Ambs.

Performance Dates: Sept. 8, 9, 10 (M); 15, 16, 17 (M); 22, 23

(Special Benefit dates must be available: Tues. & Wed., Sept. 12, 13, 19, 20 at 7:30; Saturday, Sept. 16 at 2:00. Some of these dates are currently booked).

Audition Dates: Saturday, May 20…….10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Monday, May 22………7:00-10:00 PM

Callbacks/Conflicts by Invitation Only: Wednesday, May 24……..7:00-10:00PM

Walk-ins are welcome at the final hour of the Saturday and Monday auditions.

We are seeking an Ethnically Diverse Cast. Appointments can be scheduled by E-mailing: Your audition date and time will be confirmed by returned email. With confirmation, you will also receive audition materials with instructions and forms to bring with you. Please be aware that actors auditioning for Douglas Panch or Rona Lisa Peretti will be asked to perform an improvisation during callbacks. This production is not AEA Union, and offers no remuneration for performances.

Auditions and callbacks will be held at the Central Bucks Senior Center at 700 N. Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown, PA 18901 (see website for map/directions). Please enter through the front door.

Minimal Audition Requirements: Please bring a current headshot/picture, an updated resume, and prepare 32 bars of an up-tempo Broadway or pop song (preferably not from Spelling Bee). Bring sheet music in the appropriate key (no tracks). Readings from the script will be provided. Wear gear appropriate for dance audition. Dates of conflicts for June 20th through September 24th should be marked on our calendars (audition materials) and brought with you. Our first Read-through will occur during the week of May 25th. Rehearsals will begin in on June 19.

*Note: If you are cast, there will be a $25 refundable fee for the individual rehearsal librettos.


An eclectic group of six mid-pubescent students (played by adults) and four audience volunteers 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 words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake and elimination. Six spellers enter; one speller wins! 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 show of comic genius and memorable music; a fast-paced crowd-pleaser and a Broadway Tony Winner.

Roles Available: 5 men and 4 women (ages 16 to Infinity and Beyond)

Cast of Characters:

Chip Tolentino [also plays Jesus]. An athletic, social, boy scout and champion of the 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, he returns to defend his title, but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment. [Jesus Christ as Deity invoked by another speller in need.] Role requires ability to sing high notes: C4-B5.

Douglas Panch, the Vice Principal. 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 a judge. There was an “incident” at the 20th Annual Bee, but he claims to be in “a better place” now, thanks to a change of diet and therapy. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but it is unrequited.

Leaf Coneybear [also plays Carl Dad]. The second runner-up in his district, Leaf gets into the competition as a substitute and finds everything about the Bee incredibly amazing and amusing. He is home-schooled, proud of his home-made clothes, and comes from a large family headed by former hippies. He has severe Attention Deficit Disorder and spells words correctly while in a trance. As Carl Dad, Schwarzy’s main trainer, he is the more intense and competitive of her fathers. Sings A3-A5.

*Leaf’s Mom, Dad, and Siblings. Normally played by all the spellers and audience volunteers as indicated in the script. They are all more academically gifted than Leaf, and are more surprised than he is by his success.

Logainne Schwartzandgrunenierre (Schwartzy). She 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 determined to be back next year. Sings A3-F5.

Marcy Park. A recent transfer from Virginia, Marcy placed 9th in last year’s nationals. She speaks six languages, is a member of All-American Hockey, a championship rugby player and baton-twirler, likes the “Rocky” theme but plays Mozart on multiple instruments, sleeps only three hours per 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. Sings C4-E5.

Mitch Mahoney, the Comfort Counselor [also pays Dan Dad and Olive’s Dad]. From “da hood,” Mitch is performing his court-decreed, Community Service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to losing spellers. He has no idea how to offer comfort, but does wish he could find a way to make the kids feel better. Sings E4-A5. As Dan Dad, he is the more laid-back and ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers. As Olive’s Dad, he is a fantasy version of her absent father coming to the Bee from work. Sings G3-D5.

Olive Ostrovsky. She is a young newcomer to competitive spelling. She is basically alone when at home; her mother is in an Ashram in India, and her father is working late, as usual, but he is trying to arrive sometime during the Bee. Having found comfort in its words and vastness, Olive made friends with her huge family dictionary at a very young age, helping her to make it to this competition. She begins enormously shy, and shyly blossoms. Sings B3-F5.

Rona Lisa Peretti [also plays Olive’s Mom]. Rona is the #1 realtor in Putnam County, NY; a Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion herself; and the returning moderator. She is a sweet woman who loves children, but she can become very stern when it comes to dealing with Vice Principal Panch and his feelings for her. Her Championship was the defining moment of her life, and it is her unflagging love of the Spelling Bee which drives the competition forward. As Olive’s Mom, she is the fantasy version Olive imagines her mom to be at her Ashram in India. Sings: B3-F5.

William Barfee (pronounced Bar-Fay!). A Putnam County Spelling Bee finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts and is back for vindication with a vengeance. 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. Sings: E4-B5.

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Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She has performed, directed and produced theatre throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Ms. Bradford is founder and Managing Artistic Director of Bare Stage Theatre. Leading STAGE Magazine has become a consuming passion - one which combines her many artistic skills, theatrical contacts and administrative abilities. She is thrilled to be carrying on the vision that was begun by Holley Webster over 30 years ago, and leading STAGE to new levels of success.

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