THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Old Academy Players, 01/13/2018

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Start date of auditions: 01/13/2018

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Audition Date & Time:
Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11 am

Carfax Building at Old Academy Players
3544 Indian Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129

Audition Requirements:
Please prepare 16 to 32 bars of a modern musical theater song. Those auditioning must have sheet music in the correct key with starting and ending points clearly marked for the provided accompanist. Accompaniment tracks and a cappella singing will not be permitted. In addition those auditioning will be asked to perform a cold reading from the script. Men who are interested in the Role of “William Barfey” should contact the director, Annie Hnatko ( in advance of the audition.

Performance Dates:
Fridays & Saturdays, April 20, 21, 27, 28, May 4 & 5, 2018 at 8 pm
Sundays, April 29 & May 6 at 2 pm
*Additional performances may be added.

Brief Synopsis of Show
Students gather for the County Spelling Bee and grow as people through challenges this Bee has presented. All 6 students dream of proving themselves by winning the bee and progressing to the National Spelling Bee.

CHIP TOLENTINO (Tenor C3-B4): Athletic and social, he expects things to come easily to him. Lately though, he’s been going through some weird changes, and things are slipping out of his control.

LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUBENNIERE (Soprano C4-D5): Youngest bee participant, she is driven by desire to win to make her two fathers proud. She lisps, is a little uncomfortable in her body, but still manages to strike a strong presence with her political awareness.

LEAF CONEYBEAR (High Baritone A2-G4): Home-schooled with his many siblings, all of whom are more successful than him. He is goofy, but sweet.

WILLIAM BARFEE (Tenor D3-B4): He’s noticed on the spelling circuit for his remarkable technique—spelling words out on the floor with his foot. Must be able to dance.

MARCY PARK (Mezzo B3-E5): The ultimate over-achiever. Her many talents include sports, piano, dance, martial arts, baton twirling.

OLIVE OSTROWVSKY (Soprano Belter B3-G5): Loves words and is an only child with often absent parents. She starts enormously shy and shyly blossoms.

RONA LISA PERRETTI (Soprano C4-A5): Long-time spelling bee hostess, a local realtor and 3rd annual Putnam County spelling champion. She is totally dedicated to the success of the bee.

MITCH MAHONEY (Gospel Tenor E3-A4): He appears an odd choice to be the bee’s “comfort counselor,” but it’s part of his community service assignment. He has no idea how to offer comfort, but begins to wish he could find a way to make them feel better about losing.

VICE PRINCIPAL DOUGLAS PANCH (Non-singing): He is frustrated with his life. He fell into education not out of passion. He is eager to do well to redeem himself for past mistakes and to impress Rona Lisa, who impressed him long ago. Must have strong improvisation skills.

* Contact Director Annie Hnatko with questions.

Old Academy Players, a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community theater in East Falls ( Philadelphia ), the urban village on the Schuylkill River. Constructed in 1819, the Old Academy building has been the OAP home since 1932. Old Academy Players, providing continuous community theater since 1923, featured the acting debuts of both Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky.

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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, web development and digital marketing 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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