|The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee|
Sunday, January Jan. 11 from 6-9:00 PM & Tuesday, Jan. 12
Time: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Call-backs: Sunday, Jan. 18, if necessary
Time: By appointment
Westfield Community Players, 1000 North Avenue West
Westfield, NJ 07090
Director: Brian Remo
Musical Director: Bruce De La Cruz
Producer: Steve Lemenille
Choreographer: Patrick Starega
WHAT TO PREPARE:
Please prepare a selection of a modern musical theatre song that shows your ability to embody a character.
Tap skills needed.
Those interested in auditioning for the role of Panch have the option of performing a comedic character monologue instead. You may be asked to sing at callbacks.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: 9 Roles (5 M, 4 F)
"THE KIDS": Ages ranging from 9 - 13 (NOTE: We do NOT intend to cast actors of these ages; actors' ages can range from 16 - 40+ if they embody the characters well)
CHIP TOLLENTINO - The reigning spelling champion of Putnam County, relatively athletic and social, he expects things to come easily to him. However, he's recently been going through some weird changes, and things are slipping out of his control.
LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUBENNIERE - The youngest bee participant, she is driven by internal and external pressure — but above all by a desire to win to make her two fathers (from whom she takes her combined last name) proud. She lisps, is a little uncomfortable in her body, has some tics, but still manages to strike a strong presence with her political awareness and keen sense of justice.
LEAF CONEYBEAR - A second alternate, he never expected to compete here today. Home-schooled with his many siblings, everything about this public bee is an awe-inspiring adventure for him, from meeting the other kids to showing off his homemade clothing, to each moment of unexpected attention. He may have severe Attention Deficit Disorder but delights in his own wandering focus. Leaf doesn't expect to win - or even to spell one word correctly - but he finds absolutely everything incredibly amusing.
WILLIAM BARFEE - Has a host of health problems and a lot to prove. Loud and combative as a defensive posture, he is the fat kid who becomes a bully to avoid being picked on (though he often gets picked on anyway so he gets into a lot of fights.) So friendship takes him by surprise. Still, he's noticed on the spelling circuit for his remarkable technique - spelling words out on the floor with his "magic" foot. Taken out of competition last year because of an ill timed allergic reaction, he's here for vindication. The journey he doesn't expect is one of coming to care about someone else.
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 **ANY OTHER SPECIAL TALENTS (gymnastics, another musical instrument, juggling, etc.)** the actor chosen to play this role may have.
OLIVE OSTROVSKY - A word lover, Olive has a fairly quiet life. An only child with often-absent parents, Olive spends a lot of her time alone. She fills most of that time reading the dictionary - the words bring her comfort, as does the idea of the vastness of the world the book contains, all perfectly ordered and categorized. During the first half of the bee, she often peers into the audience to see if her father, who is delayed at work, has made it yet. She starts enormously shy, and shyly blossoms.
"THE ADULTS": (Note: Again, actors will be considered for all roles regardless of age. It is very possible we will end up casting certain actors as "kids" who are older than the actors playing "adults")
RONA LISA PERETTI - Putnam's long-time spelling bee hostess, a local realtor, and 3rd Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion. This is Rona's day to be queen. From her perspective she keeps the bee running smoothly, upholds protocol, and conveys crucial information to the audience. Her interest in the competition is unflagging and drives it forward. She thinks of this as a complex cerebral sporting event, and she wants the audience to understand every twist and turn. If anything, in her life in general, she has to minimize the importance of this event to her, embarrassed that her own championship moment remains such a highlight.
VICE PRINCIPAL DOUGLAS PANCH - of Lake Hemmingway Dos Passos Junior High, is frustrated with his life. He fell into education, less out of love than a general ability rather than a particular passion. The drive of the young spellers is alien to him. He never found anything that important. Stuck in his current job, endlessly awaiting a promotion that isn't coming, he was not happy to get the call this morning that he was needed to substitute, but he starts the bee eager to do well, to redeem himself for past mistakes, and to impress the local hostess, Rona Lisa.
***Note: This character does the least singing in the show, just background vocals. Improv skills and a quick wit are a must. Strong character actors and/or comedians are encouraged to audition.
MITCH MAHONEY - With a bouncer's physique and demeanor, Mitch appears an odd choice to be the bee's "comfort counselor," but it's part of his community service assignment. The outsider, who in a way gets to inhabit the audience perspective, he wonders about the wisdom of putting the kids through this at all. He has no idea how to offer comfort, but does increasingly find himself wishing he could find a way to make the kids feel better about losing, and perhaps place misspelling in wider perspective.
There is also doubling of some of these roles as various kids’ parents and a certain Very Special Guest.
May 9, 16, 29, 30, 2015 @8PM; May 17, 2015 @3PM - Matinee
AUDITION FORM for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
If you would like, you may submit an AUDITION FORM prior to auditioning. Please click on the following link for the AUDITION FORM: Audition Form for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee