Auditions-at-a-glance: Barefoot in the Park - February 21&22, The Wedding Singer - March 27&28
AUDITIONS FOR THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, DIRECTED BY WENDY SIELAFF
AUDITION DATES: MONDAY, JUNE 27 AND TUESDAY, JUNE 28; CALLBACKS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
REHEARSALS WILL START AFTER THE 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY
PRODUCTION DATES: SEPTEMBER 8-11 AT THE LYDIA MENDELSSOHN THEATRE
Auditions for The A2CT 2016-2017 season opener, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be held Monday, June 27 and Tuesday, June 28, at 7 PM in the A2CT Studio (322 W. Ann Street). Callbacks are scheduled for Wednesday, June 29 at 7 at A2CT. All sessions begin promptly at 7, so please plan to arrive a few minutes early to fill out audition forms. You need only attend one of the general audition sessions, no pre-registration is necessary.
Due to the adult themes in the show, auditions are open to those 16 years old and up. 16- and 17-year-old actors will need parental consent.
Vocal auditions will be excerpts from the show (See attachments at bottom of page. Cuts are named by character). Please prepare the cut that corresponds with the character for which you wish to audition. There will also be a dance/movement component, and readings. Please come dressed to move.
Rehearsals will begin after the 4th of July holiday. The production dates are September 8-11, 2016, at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Character Descriptions + Solos + Vocal Ranges
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 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 OverAchiever, and attends a Catholic school called "Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows." She is also not allowed to cry. Sings “I Speak Six Languages” C4 - E5
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” B3 - F5
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. Sings lots of high notes (B) “Pandemonium” Sings “My Unfortunate Distraction” C4 - B5
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 A3 - A5
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” (high notes) Sings “Second” E4 - B5
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” B3 - F5
MITCH or MADGE MAHONEY: The Official Comfort Counselor. An exconvict, 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” E4 - A5
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.
Parents and Deities:
(Roles May Be Doubled):
JESUS CHRIST: Deity invoked by a speller in need. Non-singing role.
CARL DAD: Schwarzy's main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy's fathers. Sings “Woe is Me” G3 - D5
DAN DAD: The more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy's fathers. Sings “Woe is Me” G3 - D5
OLIVE's MOM: A fantasy version of Olive's mom at her Ashram in India. Sings “The I Love You Song” D4 - E5 ⇒ OLIVE's DAD: A fantasy version of Olive's dad coming to the bee from work. Sings “The I Love You Song” E4 - B5
Audition dates: Sunday, July 17 at 4pm; Tuesday, July 19 at 5pm* at the A2CT Studio (*Those who can’t make 5pm can arrive by 6pm, if needed—contact the office)
Callbacks (if needed): Wednesday, July 20 at 7pm (LOCATION TBD)
Production Dates: September 30-October 2, 2016 at the A2CT Studio Theatre
Those auditioning should attend one of the regular auditions and should be available for callbacks. No preparation or pre-registration required.
Rehearsals: begin the week of August 8.
Auditions consist of cold readings from the script.
Synopsis: (From the Dramatists site) Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.
Sylvia (early 20’s-early 30’s): Sylvia is a dog. She speaks English but has the mannerisms of a canine. Sylvia is perky, fun-loving, and excitable. She has a dark side, however, and can be rude, sarcastic, and sly.
Greg (40’s-mid 60’s): Greg is an affable, regular guy. He is caught in a job he doesn’t like and is at a loss about how to navigate the next chapter in his life.
Kate (40’s-mid 60’s): Kate is a driven, confident career woman. She embraces the empty nest and has no patience for Greg’s lack of direction or for Greg’s new dog, Sylvia.
Tom (30’s-mid 60’s): Tom is a fellow dog owner Greg befriends in the park. He’s a guy’s guy, and has plenty of advice for Greg about dogs and life.
Phyllis (40’s-mid 60’s): Phyllis is a college chum of Kate’s. She is a name-dropping striver who has a tenuous hold on her new sobriety.
Leslie (30’s-late 60’s): Leslie is a therapist. Leslie is exploring gender identity and can be played by a man or a woman. Leslie’s calm, therapist’s demeanor hides latent anger issues.