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"25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" - Open Call - Columbia, MD

Audition Details

Casting ID #
1611872
Submission Type
Open Call
Location
Columbia, MD - 21044
Union
Non-union
Rate/Pay
$0.00
Release Date
3-14-2020
Audition Date
4-2-2020
Expiration Date
3-31-2020
Casting Category
Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)
Washington, DC | Baltimore, MD

Audition Description

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 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.

FOR THE AUDITION: please bring sheet music; prepare 1 contemporary musical theatre piece, 16-18 bars. Your song choices should highlight your ability to create a character, and act through the song as well as execute the musicality presented in the song. Please bring music in the proper key, an accompanist will be provided. Accapella singing is NOT ALLOWED. It is perfectly acceptable to sing from Spelling Bee, but we still recommend bringing your own music. The cut you have may differ (keys, tempos etc) from our piano/vocal score. Students who are cast may sign up for college credit.

  • Role #1 - Chip Tolentino

    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.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Mar 31, 2020
  • Role #2 - Schwartzy

    \"Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere\" 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.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Mar 31, 2020
  • Role #3 - 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.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Mar 31, 2020
  • Role #4 - 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.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Mar 31, 2020
  • Role #5 - Marcy Park

    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. Her many talents include piano, dance, martial arts, baton twirling, and/or whatever special gifts you can find in your casting pool.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Mar 31, 2020
  • Role #6 - 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.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Mar 31, 2020
  • Role #7 - 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.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Mar 31, 2020
  • Role #8 - Douglas Panch

    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.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Mar 31, 2020
  • Role #9 - 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.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Mar 31, 2020
  • Role #10 - Carl Dad

    Schwarzy\'s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy\'s fathers. Normally played by actor playing Leaf.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Mar 31, 2020
  • Role #11 - Dan Dad

    The more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy\'s fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Mar 31, 2020
  • Role #12 - Jesus Christ

    Deity invoked by a speller in need. Normally played by the actor playing Chip.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Mar 31, 2020
  • Role #13 - Leaf\'s Mom

    All more academically gifted than Leaf, they are even more surprised than he is by his success. Normally played by the spellers and audience volunteers as indicated in the script.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Mar 31, 2020
  • Role #14 - Leaf\'s Dad

    All more academically gifted than Leaf, they are even more surprised than he is by his success. Normally played by the spellers and audience volunteers as indicated in the script.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Mar 31, 2020
  • Role #15 - Leaf\'s Siblings

    All more academically gifted than Leaf, they are even more surprised than he is by his success. Normally played by the spellers and audience volunteers as indicated in the script.
    Seeking 5 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male, Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Mar 31, 2020
  • Role #16 - Olive's Dad

    A fantasy version of Olive's dad coming to the bee from work. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Mar 31, 2020
  • Role #17 - Olive's Mom

    A fantasy version of Olive's mom at her Ashram in India. Normally played by the actor playing Rona.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 60
    Expiration Date: Mar 31, 2020

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