The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Audition Information

Curtain Call Theatre presenets "The 25th Annual Putname County Spelling Bee".  Auditions will be held Thursday, May30th from 6:30 - 8:30 and on Saturday, June 1st from 1:30 - 3:30 at Hilltop Hall in Montgomery.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script.  Be prepared to sing and dance.  (No need for a prepared song - we will work with you on a song from the show.)  Bring a list of any date conflicts you have between auditions and the final performance.

There are no small or chorus parts in this show.  All characters sing solos.

This show has adult situations and language.  There are no parts for children.  We would prefer auditioners to be at least 18 years old, but might consider people as young as 16.

Performance dates are August 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7:30 and August 11 at 2:00.

The show will be directed by Lori Sanborn.  For more information or questions contact her at


Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.

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.


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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