Audition Information

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The Maumee Valley Civic Theater is proud to announce their first show of the 2018 season will be Tony and the Drama Desk Awards Winner for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Auditions will take place on December 14 and 15 from 6-8PM at the Napoleon American Legion (500 Glenwood Ave, Napoleon, OH 43545). Callbacks will only be scheduled if necessary.

For those who are interested in auditioning and who can commit to the show production schedule, please come prepared to sing one of the following songs below from the show. Click the title of the song to open up the sheet music.

Magic Foot
I Speak Six Languages
Rona Moment #2

Also, you may print out the Audition Form (download here) and bring it with you to auditions. If you have a resume and headshot please bring that with you. A photo will be taken of you at auditions and stapled to your audition form when you arrive.

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Cast Size
9 (some characters play other roles however we may break out the characters to cast more actors)

Show Dates
March 9-11, 2017

Rehearsal Schedule
The rehearsal schedule for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be finalized after the show is cast. Actors should be available to rehearse a few weekday evenings and if necessary weekend afternoons. Show week at the space will begin March 5, 2017, and through the opening of the show.

There will be a concert of select songs from the show, part of the Napoleon Civic Center’s Winter Concert Series, to help promote¬†the show at Eddie J’s on Sunday, March 4, 2017.

Character Descriptions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mitch Mahoney (could be played by a male or female) 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.

Other Characters

Carl Dad Schwarzy’s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Leaf.

Dan Dad the more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.

Jesus Christ Deity invoked by a speller in need. Normally played by the actor playing Chip.

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.

Olive’s Dad A fantasy version of Olive’s dad coming to the bee from work. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.

Olive’s Mom A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India. Normally played by the actor playing Rona.