Avenue Arts proudly announces auditions for our upcoming production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!!
AUDITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE W.G. FRY THEATRE LOCATED INSIDE THE CULTURAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS!!
Located at 1001 Market Ave. N Canton, Ohio 44702
When signing up for an audition time slot, we also ask that you, prior to your audition, you
COMPLETE THIS AUDITION FORM
You will also be asked to submit your resume and headshot at this time!
SYNOPSIS: 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 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE" is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
Directed by: David Lee
Musical Directed by: Jared Sparks
Choreographed by: Sarah Jane Toy
Stage Managed by: Ginette Jaramillo
Assistant Stage Managed by: Emily Hisey
Auditions will be held on Monday, November 7th and Tuesday, November 8th from 7-9pm
Callbacks (if necessary) will take place later in the week, date TBD.
All auditioners are asked to come prepared with 32 bars of a prepared song in the appropriate key that reflects the style of the show (please do not sing from the show). An accompanist will be provided.
We also ask that you bring a current headshot and resume with you to auditions.
At this time, there are no stipends and/or AEA contracts being offered!
VACCINATION INFO: In order to be considered for casting, all auditioners are required to provide proof of vaccination at their scheduled audition time. All cast/crew are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to work on this project.
Performances: January 27th-February 5th (Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm)
Chip Tolentino (male, 18+, tenor) - An athletic, 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.
Logainne ScwartzandGrubiniere (female, 16+, mezzo-soprano) - 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.
Leaf Coneybear (male, 16+, tenor) - 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.
William Barfee (male, 16+, tenor) - 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.
Marcy Park (female, 16+, mezzo-soprano) - The ultimate over-achiever, Marcy has never been given another option. She comes from a family where excellence is expected and so simply produced. A parochial school student, she assumes God, too, expects perfection. She sees herself as a mass of problems but she keeps them to herself. Having moved often because of her parents' work, she knows she can beat the local competition.
Olive Ostrovsky (female, 16+, mezzo-soprano) - 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.
Rona Lisa Peretti (female, 16+, mezzo-soprano) - 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.
Douglas Panch (male, 16+, non-singing role) - The Vice Principle. 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 judge. There was an "incident" at the Twentieth 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.
Mitch Mahoney (male, 16+, tenor) - 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.
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