Happy New Year All,
The Summit Playhouse will be holding a special audition for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Directed by Brian Swasey
Musical Direction by Jeffrey Campos
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Audition Date: Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.
All auditions are at The Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit, NJ (directions: http://summitplayhouse.org/auditions.html).
Please come prepared with one comedic monologue as well as one song from the show for the character for which you are auditioning.
We are only holding auditions for the following male roles:
CHIP TOLENTINO/JESUS CHRIST: 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.
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. Non - singing role.
LEAF CONEYBEAR/CARL'S DAD: 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.
MITCH MAHONEY/DAN'S DAD/OLIVE'S DAD: 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.
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachiever's 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 heros: 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. 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.
For more informtion, please visit www.summitplayhouse.org