The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Auditions

Directors Mary Moebius, Nancy Seel and Beth Farrell announce auditions for Tony Award winning The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This musical is fun for actors and the audience. It is a lighthearted look at middle school spelling bee competitions combined with poignant moments revealing relationships between parents and children.

Auditions Dates: June 12th, 13th & 14th at 7pm at the Roycroft Pavilion.

Below are links to the audition form and information specific to this show. Copies of both will also be available at auditions.

Audition Form
Show Information

  • Please come prepared to sing a song & bring sheet music. 
  • Pianist provided
  • Wear comfortable shoes for basic dance steps.
  • Script sides will be provided for cold readings.
  • Save time! Print out the audition form and bring with you already completed!
  • The middle school student roles will be played by adults.

Performance Dates: October 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27 & 28

Show Synopsis: Sixth grade middle school spellers face off in a typical spelling bee fashion eager to win for different reasons. Flashbacks and insights reveal personal details about each speller. This musical comedy explores the idea that winning isn’t everything.

Roles: 4 female, 5 male (all adult actors 18yrs and older)

- 3 adults to play adults
- 6 adults to channel their “inner child” and embrace being a middle school student again!

Rona Lisa Peretti

– (Adult) The number-one realtor in Putnam County, former Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion. She moderates the spelling bee. She is a sweet woman who deals sternly with Vice Principal Panch. Usually doubles as Olive’s Mom.

Vice Principal Douglas Panch

- (Adult) Returns as judge after five years' absence from the Bee. Likes Ms. Peretti.

Mitch Mahoney

- (Adult) An ex-convict, he is performing his community service with the Bee. Usually doubles as Logainne’s father & Olive’s Dad.

Olive Ostrovsky

– (Student) A young newcomer to competitive spelling. Her mother is in India and her father is working late but he is trying to come sometime during the Bee.

William Morris Barfée

- (Student) A Bee finalist last year, who was eliminated due to an allergic reaction to peanuts. His famous “Magic Foot” method of spelling has boosted him to spelling glory. A touchy personality. Usually doubles as Leaf’s Dad.

Logainne "Schwarzy" SchwartzandGrubenierre: Logainne

- (Student) Youngest and most politically aware speller. Has two overbearing gay fathers pushing her to win at any cost. She is somewhat of a neat freak, speaks with a lisp. Usually doubles as Leaf’s Mom.

Marcy Park

- (Student) Recent transfer who placed ninth in last year’s nationals. Speaks six languages, is a member of all-American hockey, a championship rugby player, plays Chopin on multiple instruments. She is an over-achiever.

Leaf Coneybear

- (Student) A homeschooler and second runner-up in his district. Leaf comes from a large family of former hippies and makes his own clothes. He spells words correctly while in a trance. Usually doubles as Logainne’s father.

Charlito "Chip" Tolentino

- (Student) A Boy Scout and champion of the twenty-fourth spelling Bee. He returns to defend his title. Relatively social and athletic. He plays little league. Usually doubles as Jesus Christ.