Act Two Theatre Proudly Announces Auditions for:
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss
and Act Two is honored to announce that this show will be
Directed by ANDREW KUHLMAN
WHAT: 9 Characters – 5 male, 4 female. All parts available.
WHEN: Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24 with audition time slots starting at 7pm each evening.
(Performance Dates are February 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21)
WHERE:St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre – One St. Peters Centre Blvd. St. Peters, MO 63376-Performing Arts Theatre
Auditions are by appointment only and will consist of a 32 measure cut from a comedic Broadway song of your choice. An accompanist will be provided. Auditions will be done in groups of six and will last approximately 15-20 minutes per group.
To request an audition please send an email to: email@example.com. Please indicate which date you would prefer and put the following in the SUBJECT of your email: “YOUR NAME-SPELLING BEE AUDITION REQUEST”
Play Description: 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 life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves!
Character Descriptions + Solos
Please Note: Most cast members sing in ensemble musical numbers, although all of these musical numbers are NOT included below.
The Girl Spellers:
LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUNENIERRE: At ten years old, Logainne is the youngest and most politically-aware speller, often making comments about current political figures. “SCHWARTZY” 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. Sings “Woe is Me” and Reprise
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 OverAchiever, and attends a Catholic school called “Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows.” She is also not allowed to cry. Sings “I Speak Six Languages”
OLIVE OSTROVSKY: A 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. Sings “My Friend The Dictionary” Sings “The I Love You Song” Sings “Second”
The Boy Spellers:
CHIP TOLENTINO: An athletic and 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. “Pandemonium” and “My Unfortunate Distraction”
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. Sings “I’m not that smart” and Reprise
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. Sings “Magic Foot”. and “Second”
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. Her interest in the competition is unflagging and drives it forward. Sings “Rona Moments”
MITCH or MADGE MAHONEY: The Official Comfort Counselor. An ex-convict, Mitch/Madge is performing community service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to losing students. He/She has no idea how to offer comfort, but does find him/herself wishing he/she could find a way to make the kids feel better. Sings “Prayer of the Comfort Counselor”
DOUGLAS PANCH: The Vice Principal of Putnam Middle School. 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. Sings only in ensemble musical numbers.
2016 Act Two Theatre Season
Show and Audition Dates
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Feb. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21.
Auditions: Nov. 23 & 24
Odd Couple (Female Version)
May 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22.
Auditions: Feb. 23 & 25
Moon Over Buffalo
August 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14.
Auditions: May 24 & 26
Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical
Nov. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
Auditions: Aug. 16 & 18
About Act Two Theatre:
Next year will mark Act Two Theatre’s 23rd season. For 2016, we are proud to present another year of high-quality theatre in St. Peters, Missouri. We are located in the beautiful 318-seat Performing Arts Theater at the St. Peters City Hall Cultural Arts Centre, adjacent to the Rec-Plex. The theater has comfortable seating and a terrific stage!
Act Two Theatre performs to one of the largest average audiences as compared to other local St. Louis area theatre companies. Except for the Muny and Stages no other professional, regional or community theatre company boasts a larger following. Act Two’s loyal, large and enthusiastic season ticket subscriber base allows many to share in the joy and magic of live theatre that our talented actors, directors, tech crew and volunteers create.