THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE


Music and Lyrics by WILLIAM FINN
Book by RACHEL SHEINKIN
Conceived by REBECCA FELDMAN

  • Directed by Stephanie Wozniak
  • Choreography by Olivia Reidy
  • Music and Vocal Direction by Rick Reynolds

October 21 – 24, 2021

7:30 PM – Thu., Fri., Sat.
2:00 PM – Sunday

Show Synopsis

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. 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.

2021 Fall Musical: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Audition Information

Vocal auditions will be held on Monday August 23rd from 4:00-8:00pm in the MPR. Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song from a musical (about a minute long). You will need to bring sheet music to your audition as an accompanist will be provided. To sign up for your audition date, please complete this google form.

This form needs to be completed by FRIDAY AUGUST 20th.

Dance auditions will be held on Tuesday, August 24th from 4:00-6:00pm in the dance studio. Please wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move easily and jazz shoes (bare feet or socks are okay).

Callbacks will be held on Thursday, August 26th from 4:00-7:00pm in the MPR. Students who will be asked to attend callbacks will be emailed after the vocal auditions on Wednesday evening. They may be asked to prepare a song and/or a scene to perform on Thursday evening. Performers might also be asked to show off their improv skills as many of these roles depend heavily on the actor’s ability to improvise.

Audition Preparation

Please look at the character breakdown below and choose audition material that you feel best showcases your abilities. Additionally, it is STRONGLY recommended that you familiarize yourself with the musical score and that you take time to watch a filmed version of the production. There are many clips and full recordings available on youtube but we have linked two below for your reference.

Link to a Full Production
Link to Another Full Production

Character Breakdown

OLIVE OSTROVSKY

Mezzo Soprano/Belt F5 to B3

Olive is left to her own devices at the Bee by her absent parents. She is shy but hopeful. A sweet girl who longs to be loved or at least noticed by her parents. Her best friend is the dictionary.


CHIP TOLENTINO

Tenor B4 to C3

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 distracted by girls.


WILLIAM BARFEE

Tenor B4 to E2

A finalist in last year’s Bee, he spells his words on the floor using his Magic Foot. He has all sorts of ailments. He is blunt, rude and not out to make any friends at this Bee.


LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUBENIERRE

Mezzo Soprano/Belt F5 to A3

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


LEAF CONEYBEAR

Tenor A4 to A2

As the second runner-up in his district’s bee, he really should not be competing here. He and his siblings are homeschooled by his hippie parents. He makes his own clothes and is a free spirit and gets lost in his imaginary world! He is strange but very sweet.


MARCY PARK

Mezzo Soprano E5 to middle C

Marcy is the practiced competitor in the bee. She made it all the way to ninth place in the National Bee last year. Marcy excels at everything because she is so talented and gifted. She sleeps three hours a night, speaks six languages and is not allowed to cry.


RONA LISA PERETTI

Mezzo Soprano F5 to B3

Former Spelling Bee Champ now the County’s top realtor. The Bee holds a special place in her heart. It was a high point of her childhood, which is why she is in charge of running it every year. Note: This character requires an actor with comic/improv skills.


MITCH MAHONEY

Tenor A4 to E3

This former felon is fulfilling court ordered community service at the Bee as the Comfort Counselor by handing out juice boxes and a dose of reality to the losers. They have no idea how to offer comfort, but they do wish they could find a way to make the kids feel better.


DOUGLAS PANCH

Any vocal type

Vice Principal and last-minute pinch hitter for the Bee. Infatuated with Rona. Note: This character requires an actor with comic/improv skills who can carry a tune.


ENSEMBLE:

CARL-DAD (G3 to D5): Logainne’s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Logainne’s fathers.

DAN-DAD (G3 to D5): The more laid back and ineffectual of Logainne’s fathers.

JESUS CHRIST: Deity invoked by a speller in need.

LEAF’S FAMILY: All more academically gifted than Leaf, they are even more surprised than he is by his success.

OLIVE’S DAD (E4-B5): A fantasy version of Olive’s dad coming to the bee from work.

OLIVE’S MOM (D4-E5): A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India.