COME BE A PART OF OUR HCT FAMILY!
Come Play a Role by auditioning for a part in this production. We look forward to meeting you (or seeing you again)!
Hendricks Civic Theatre is proud to present auditions for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
WHO: All roles are open for audition. Adults (18 and older) are welcome to audition.
HOW: Auditions will be held Sunday, July 8 at 6 pm and Monday, July 9 at 6 pm at Hendricks Civic Theatre’s Longstreet Playhouse. You only need to attend one night. Call backs, if needed, will be held Tuesday, July 10.
PREPARATION: Those wanting to audition should prepare to sing 16-24 bars from a musical theatre song that shows their ability and range but is NOT from this show. Please bring appropriately marked sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. No a cappella please.
You will also be asked to read a selection from the script.
We encourage you to complete the Online Audition Form (button below) ahead of your audition and the information will be given to the directors. If not paper copies of the form will be available at the auditions.
Paper copies of the form will be available at the audition venue.
Rehearsals & Performances
The show will be presented September 20-23 and 27-30, 2018, Thursday – Sunday performances each weekend
An initial cast meeting will be scheduled for book distribution and costume sizing soon after cast announcements. Rehearsals will begin August 8.
Longstreet Playhouse is north of Danville.
This is a PG-13 production and does include language and themes not suitable for a younger audience
CONTACT: For questions about this show or auditions, please email the director at HCTSpellingBee@gmail.com.
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. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. 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 difficult 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.
Chip Tolentino: An athletic, social, boy scout and champion of the 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, he returns to defend his title, but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment. Tenor (up to B)
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. Alto/Mezzo (down to G, up to Eb)
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. Baritone (up to G)
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. High baritone/tenor (up to Bb)
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. Alto/Mezzo (up to Eb)
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 (down to A, up to F#)
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. Mezzo (up to A)
Douglas Panch: The Vice Principal. 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. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but she does not return his affections.
** This is potentially a non-singing role and you may opt to skip the singing preparation if you wish to audition for only this role
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. High Baritone (up to A)
Additional Characters (may be doubled with primary roles)