AUDITION NOTICE – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

AUDITION NOTICE – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Academy at Mass Arts is proud to announce auditions for Richard Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s hilarious musical:

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Directed and Choreographed
by Dori Bryan-Ployer


Music Directed
by Trey Lundquist

SEEKING: This is a youth production. Calling on performers between the ages of 12-18.

WHEN: Monday, January 31, 6:30-9:00; Wednesday, February 2, 6:30-9:00

WHERE: 888 South Main Street, Mansfield MA 02048; Upstairs Studio – Enter the front of the building.

WHAT: Prepare: 1 minute of a comic up tempo song. Bring sheet music clearly marked. Accompanist provided. No acapella singing. Cold reading from the script. Script provided.

HOW: Schedule your audition with 25thAPCSB Production Assistant: Sharon Silberman,
Please send headshot and resume to Sharon when requesting an audition time.


RUN: Friday April 1: 7:00pm, Saturday April 2, 7:00pm Sunday April 3, at 2:00pm.

PRODUCTION LOCATION: 888 South Main Street Theater


Feb. 6-March 25

Mondays, 4:00-7:00

Saturdays, 1:00-4:00

TECH WEEK: March 26-March 31, Exact Times TBA


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman with additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups.


Charlito “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. C4 – B5

Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre (Schwartzy): 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. A3 – F5

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. A3 – A5

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, though he only has one working nostril and a touchy personality. He develops a crush on Olive. E4 – B5

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 is the poster child for the Over-Achieving Asian, and attends a Catholic school called “Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows.” She is also not allowed to cry. 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 young age, helping her to make it to the competition. She starts enormously shy, and shyly blossoms. B3 – F5

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. B3 – F5

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.

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. E4 – A5

Carl/Dad: Schwarzy’s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by actor playing Leaf. G3 – D5

Dan/Dad the more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch. G3 – D5

Jesus Christ Deity invoked by a speller in need. Normally played by the actor playing Chip.

Leaf’s Mom, Dad, And 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.

Olive’s Dad: A fantasy version of Olive’s dad coming to the bee from work. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch. E4 – B5

Olive’s Mom: A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India. Normally played by the actor playing Rona. D4 – E5