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25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee-Charlotte, NC - Casting ID # 1595919
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location Charlotte, NC Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 06-06-19
Audition Date 07-19-19 Submission deadline 07-18-19
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
An eclectic group of sixth-graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee; bold and hyperallergic speller William Barfee uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her gay dads. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition. With an engaging, tuneful score by William Finn and a sweet, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin,The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee causes audiences to fall in love, both with the show itself and its “perspicacious,” “jocular,” and “effervescent” spellers.
and its “perspicacious,” “jocular,” and

Role # 1 Chip Tolentino
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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.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 13 to 17
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 Logainne Schwartzy
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Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere - 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 yea


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Gender: Female
Age: from 13 to 17
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 Leaf Coneybear
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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.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 13 to 17
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 William Barfee
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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.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 13 to 17
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 Marcy Park
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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.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 13 to 17
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 Olive Ostrovsky
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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.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 13 to 17
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 Rona Lisa Peretti
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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.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 8 Douglas Panch
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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.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 Mitch Mahoney
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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.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 10 Carl’s Dad
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Schwarzy’s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by actor playing Leaf.



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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 11 Dan’s Dad
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The more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 12 Jesus Christ
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Deity invoked by a speller in need. Normally played by the actor playing Chip.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 13 Leaf’s Dad
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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.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 14 Leaf’s Mom
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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.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 15 Siblings
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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.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 12
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 16 Olive’s Dad
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A fantasy version of Olive’s dad coming to the bee from work. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 17 Olive’s Mom
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A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India. Normally played by the actor playing Rona.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -