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The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee

Audition Info

Live Auditions will be held on Nov 14th from 6 to 10 pm & 15th from 6-8 PM

Video Auditions will be accepted up to midnight on Nov 13th. Please email a link to them to Colton at:

There will be a dance callback from 8:30pm on Nov 15th, all auditioners will be called for the dance callback.

The audition location will be the Brightstar Academy

located at 70 S Fairfield Road #11, Layton UT

*Note: Auditions are for ages 18+ please

Further Callbacks will be by invitation only on Nov 18th from 7-10 pm

1) Come prepared with 16 - 32 bars from a song in the show or in the style of the show for audition

     - We will have minus tracks from the show

     - Accompanist will be provided

2) Please review the Calendar Provided under the poster and come with your conflicts to the audition.

*If you would like a pdf copy of the calendar, please email for it.

First rehearsal will be on Monday, Nov 21st at 7:15 PM

Rehearsals will typically be Tues, Wed, Thurs evenings from 7:15 to 10:15 PM

and Saturdays from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Show dates are February 10-March 4th, 2023

Character Breakdown

Chip Tolentino - Tenor - Range C3 - B4

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 Schwartzandgrubeniere (Schwartzy) - Mezzo Soprano - Range A3 - F5

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 - Tenor - Range A2 - A4

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 - Tenor Range E2 - B4

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 - Mezzo Soprano - Range C4 (Middle C) - E5

The ultimate over-achiever, Marcy has never been given another option. She comes from a family where excellence is expected and so simply produced. A parochial school student, she assumes God, too, expects perfection. She sees herself as a mass of problems but she keeps them to herself. Having moved often because of her parents' work, she knows she can beat the local competition. Her many talents include piano, dance, martial arts, baton twirling, and/or whatever special gifts you can find in your casting pool.

Olive Ostrovsky - Mezzo-Soprano - Range B3 - F5

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 - Mezzo-Soprano Range B3-F5

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 - Spoken Role

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 - Tenor - Range E3-A4

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.

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