The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Director - Jamie Lupien Swenson
Music Director - Bob Gauthier
Choreographer - Jamie Lupien Swenson
Auditions: Monday, June 11th and Tuesday, June 12th from 7pm-9pm
Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer Street, South Portland, Maine
Rehearsals: Rehearsals begin Monday, July 16. We will rehearse Mon-Thurs. Please bring all summer conflicts to auditions. We will work around vacations as much as we can but MUST have dates listed!
Performances: September 14-30 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30)
Audition Requirements: Please prepare a song from the show or similar style. (No Jason Robert Brown or Sondheim please). Some scene reading and improv activities will also occur at auditions.
If you have questions, please email Jamie at Jamielu312@gmail.com
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.
THE SPELLERS: (Meant to be played by "adults” acting as kids, we are casting 16+)
CHIP TOLENTINO – A 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. Tenor, C4-B5.
LEAF CONEYBEAR – 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. Tenor, G3-D5.
LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUBENNIERE – 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, and will be back next year. Mezzo-soprano, A3-F5.
MARCY PARK – 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 attends a Catholic school called "Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows.” She is also not allowed to cry. Mezzo-soprano, C4-E5.
OLIVE OSTROVSKY – 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. Mezzo-soprano, B3-F5.
WILLIAM BARFEE – A 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. Tenor, E4-B5.
THE ADULTS: (30-50)
RONA LISA PERETTI – 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. Soprano, B3-F5.
DOUGLAS PANCH – The vice principal, frustrated with his life, he finds the drive of the young spellers alien. After five years’ absence from the Bee, Panch returns as judge. There was an "incident” at the 20th 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. Non-singing role; actor should be adept at improvisation.
MITCH MAHONEY – 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. Tenor, E4-A5