Youth Auditions

Produced by Mrs. Aimee Avery
Directed by Mr. Ross Collins
Musically Directed by Mr. Jay Melberg

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Fountain Hills Theater
*The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Audition Dates:
December 10 & 11 at 5:45pm
(Possible callbacks Dec. 12)
Ages 12-19

Production dates: Feb. 15 – Mar. 3, 2019

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is spelled W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L and follows six awkward adolescents through their daunting and hilarious championship quest. As they navigate the tournament’s pressures, the eccentric coterie finds a new sense of belonging. Along the way, they learn that there is more to life than winning a trophy!

Auditioners should bring:
(download audition packet here)
– Completed audition form with list of all possible conflicts Dec. 15 – Mar. 3, 2019
– Headshot and resume if available
– List of possible rehearsal conflicts

Auditioners should prepare:
– 16 bars of an upbeat song or ballad that best shows off their voice
– Bring sheet music in appropriate key or karaoke track in proper key, queued to desired start
– 1-2 minute monologue
– Dress to move for dance audition.

Production fees: If cast, your child will be receiving over 110 hours of professional direction from trained, industry professionals. Please be aware that if your child is cast in this show, there is a production fee of $50.00 per participant (t-shirt provided). Parents are required to volunteer for 10 hours (or opt out fee $100) and to donate concession items (2 cases of 16.9 oz bottled water, 1 case soda, 1-30 count box of candy—or opt-out fee $30) Scholarships and additional volunteer options are available. NO ONE will be denied participation based on ability to pay.

or call 480.837.9661 x3 (Tues.–Sat. 12pm-5pm). Groups discounts available.

CASTING (Ages 12-19):

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.

Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere (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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Carl Dad: Schwarzy’s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy’s fathers.

Dan Dad: the more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers.

Jesus Christ: Deity invoked by a speller in need.

Leaf’s Mom, Dad, And Siblings: All more academically gifted than Leaf, they are even more surprised than he is by his success.

Olive’s Dad: A fantasy version of Olive’s dad coming to the bee from work.

Olive’s Mom: A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India.

Fountain Hills Theater is a 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts are tax deductible. The Theater is 100% funded by ticket sales and donations. Ticket sales alone do not cover operating expenses. For more information about donating or volunteering, please call 480.837.9661 x3 or read here.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and Lyrics by WILLIAM FINN
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine

Originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo
Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre
Based upon C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original play by The Farm.
The Barrington Stage company workshop of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE was originally co-directed by Michael Barakiva and Rebecca Feldman.

“THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE” is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

This project is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.