AUDITION NOTICE: BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Yorktown Stage (Dir: August Abatecola) will hold auditions for
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to be held at the Theatre in Yorktown Heights, 1974 Commerce Street (914-962-0606)
Email for an APPOINTMENT: email@example.com
Yorktown Stage is seeking adult actors to play spelling bee students in this holiday classic. Minimum age to audition will be 18.
Audition Date: (Lead and Ensemble Roles)
Sunday, May 6, 2018 @ 11-4 pm and Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 11-4 pm.
Prepare to stay for 1 hour to sing and dance
Saturday Matinee, July 28 @ 1 pm
Saturday Evening, July 28 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee, July 29 @ 1 pm
Rehearsal Dates: (All Actors are not called every day)
June 25 – July 26
Mon-Thurs 7-10 pm, Sundays 12-7 pm
Bring sheet music in the appropriate key. (No music needed if singing from the show). Be prepared to sing 32 bars. An accompanist is provided. Bring headshot (or small non-returnable photograph). Bring resume’ (list of experience is acceptable).
The six spellers are divided evenly between boys and girls. William Barfee, who is called Barfee, was a runner-up in the previous year’s bee but was eliminated after a complication with a peanut allergy. When he spells a word, he first traces it out with his foot. He is short, chubby and arrogant. After he spells a word, he sits down immediately, then says “I know” when the announcer tells him it is correct. Barfee has a crush on Olive, and he hesitates before spelling the winning words against her to spare her feelings. Leaf Coneybear has red hair and an innocent look. He wears handmade clothes, Birkenstock sandals and a gingham cape. During the bee, he stares into space, blows bubbles and plays with a puppet. Chip Tolentino is the previous year’s champion. He is Filipino, has long, black hair and wears a Boy Scout uniform.
Olive Ostrovsky has blonde pigtails and thick bangs. Olive is quite shy, and she stands back from the microphone when she competes. Instead, she puts her hand in front of her face and spells the word into her hand. She is the runner up against Barfee. Marcy Park is an Asian girl with long hair, and she wears a school uniform when she competes. Marcy is an overachiever and a confident competitor. She walks to the microphone with purpose and spells each word quickly and clearly. Loggaine Schwartzandgrubenierre, who goes by Schwartzy, is the youngest speller. She wears pigtails and talks with a lisp, and she is very interested in politics. She wears a button-up shirt with a tie and blazer, and she signs each word when she spells it.
Three people administer the spelling bee. Rona Lisa Peretti is the moderator of the bee and a former spelling bee champion herself. Now, she is middle aged and the top realtor in Putnam County. She is a plump woman with brown curly hair and modest dress. Douglas Panch is the vice president who is filling in as a substitute to pronounce the words for the contestants. He is also middle aged and has curly brown hair and wears thick glasses. He fills in to try to get closer to Rona. Finally, felon Mitch Mahoney acts as the “comfort counselor” as part of court-ordered community service. He is a black man with long, black, braided hair, and he wears several silver rings and necklaces. When contestants are eliminated, he gives them a juice box and a hug, but he never smiles.
Four audience members are asked to volunteer to participate as spelling bee contestants. No guidelines are set for what kind of audience members should be selected, so the experience can change for each performance of the musical. Other supporting characters include parents of the contestants. There is even an appearance by Jesus, who sings a musical number. Typically, the same actor who plays Chip also plays Jesus.