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THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

April 3 – 19, 2014

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show’s Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.

Where: MIDVALE MAIN STREET THEATRE

When: January 10, 2014 

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Please bring a resume and head shot. Prepare 16 bars in an upbeat style of the show.

We will be audition for all roles in the show including:

CARL DAD Schwarzy’s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy’s fathers.
G3 – D5
Normally played by actor playing Leaf
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
DAN DAD the more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers
G3 – D5
Normally played by the actor playing Mitch
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.
JESUS CHRIST Deity invoked by a speller in need.
Normally played by the actor playing Chip.
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
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.
LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUNENIERRE (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
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
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
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.
B3 – F5
OLIVE’s DAD A fantasy version of Olive’s dad coming to the bee from work.
E4 – B5
Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.
OLIVE’s MOM A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India.
D4 – E5
Normally played by the actor playing Rona
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
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.
E4 – B5

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SPRING AWAKENING

June 12 – 28, 2014

It’s Germany, 1891. The beautiful young Wendla, the fearless Melchior, and the confused Moritz try to figure out and discover their bodies and themselves in a time where human exploration was deemed a sin. Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, SPRING AWAKENING is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 banned expressionist play that celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.

Where: MIDVALE MAIN STREET THEATRE

When: March 7, 2014 

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Please bring a resume and head shot. Prepare 16 bars in an upbeat style of the show.

We will be audition for all roles in the show including:

ADULT MAN Plays a variety of rigid adult roles. Characters include: HERR SONNENSTITCH, the boys’ teacher; HEADMASTER KNOCHENBRUCH; HERR NEUMANN, Ilse’s father; HERR RILOW, Hanschen’s father; HERR STEIFEL, Moritz’s father; FATHER KAULBACH; DOCTOR VON BRAUSEPULVER; HERR GABOR, Melchior’s father; and SCHMIDT.
Male, 40-50 yrs old
Range: D3 – F4
ADULT WOMAN Plays a variety of rigid adult roles. Characters include: FRAU BERGMAN, Wendla’s mother; FRAULEIN KNUPPELDICK; FRAULEIN GROSSEBUSTENHALTER; FRAU GABOR, Melchior’s mother; and FRAU BESSELL, Martha’s mother.
Female, 40-50 yrs old
Range: D3 – A4
ANNA A German schoolgirl and Martha’s best friend. Optimistic and a bit naive, she has a difficult time understanding Martha’s trials.
Female, 15-20 yrs old
Range: E3 – C5
ERNST A schoolmate of Melchior’s. Naive and easily manipulated, which allows him to fall in love with Hanschen. Optional Doubling as REINHOLD.
Male, 15-20 yrs old
Range: Ab2 – A4
GEORG A clumsy schoolmate of Melchoir’s. He is overcome with his feelings for his piano teacher. Optional Doubling as DIETER.
Male, 15-20 yrs old
Range: Ab2 – D5
HANSCHEN A rather narcissistic schoolmate of Melchior’s. He is comfortable with his own sexuality and uses his looks and intelligence to captivate Ernst. Optional Doubling as RUPERT.
Male, 15-20 yrs old
Range: Ab2 – D5
ILSE Martha’s sister, who was also abused and has run away from home to live in an artists’ colony. She reaches out to her old friend Moritz in the last moments of his life.
Female, 15-20 yrs old
Range: E3 – E5
MARTHA A schoolgirl who faces constant physical abuse from her father. She harbors a secret crush towards Moritz.
Female, 15-20 yrs old
Range: E3 – E5
MELCHIOR A smart, headstrong boy who refuses to bow down to society’s rules. An atheist and radical student. Struggles with his intense feelings for Wendla and his awakening sexual urges.
Male, 15-20 yrs old
Range: G2 – B4
MORITZ Melchior’s best friend, a troubled student. He desperately tries to please his father, but always seems to disappoint him. His haunting sexual dreams and academic failures eventually drive him to suicidal thoughts.
Male, 15-20 yrs old
Range: C3 – A4
OTTO A classmate of Melchior’s. He struggles with feelings he considers inappropriate. Optional Doubling as ULBRECHT.
Male, 15-20 yrs old
Range: Ab2 – D5
THEA Wendla’s best friend. A schoolgirl who tries to stay innocent and pure.
Female, 15-20 yrs old
Range: E3 – E5
WENDLA Innocent. With every passing day, she grows more curious about the world around her and her changing body. Both vulnerable and a willing participant in her evolution. Explores her newly-found sexuality with Melchior.
Female, 15-20 yrs old
Range: E3 – E5