Artistic Director/Director: Karen Azenberg
Musical Director: Helen Gregory
Music/Lyrics: William Finn
Book: Rachel Sheinkin
Conception: Rebecca Feldman
Casting Director: Rich Cole
Auditions: 5/28-5/30 (Callbacks 5/30)
$812 weekly minimum
Equity actors who look young and are able to interact with guest ''spellers'' from the audience (improv skills are a plus) for 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE.
See breakdown for more information.
Send email with headshot/resume embedded to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 27. (Attachments will not be opened.)
See breakdown for more details for submission.
FOR SUBMISSION: You MUST put SPELLING BEE and role sought in the subject line of the email. You MUST embed your resume and a thumbnail photo in the body of the email. ATTACHMENTS WILL NOT BE OPENED. No phone calls or office visits please.
NOTE: All the ''Spellers'' must look young – age range 21-27. Doug and Mitch can be between 35-50. Actors must also interact with guest ''Spellers'' from the audience so improv skills are a plus. Rona, Schwartzy and Leaf have been cast in Salt Lake. All roles open to actors from all ethnic groups.
CHIP TOLENTINO: Any ethnicity; 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. Also plays Jesus Christ – vocal range C4 - B5
DOUGLAS PANCH: The Vice Principal; 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.
MARCY PARK: Asian-American; 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: African-American; 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. Also plays DAN DAD: the more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy's fathers and OLIVE’S DAD
Vocal range 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
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. Vocal range E3 – B4