Open Call Auditions for Stage Production of

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee


Paid  /  Non-Union / Housing Provided


Theater Company: The North Street Playhouse

                                 34 Market Street                                 

                                 Onancock, VA 23417


Production Description:


An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.


Rehearsals and Production Dates & Location

Rehearsals: February 18 – March 7

Production Dates: March 8-11 & March 15-18

Location: The North Street Playhouse

                34 Market Street

                Onancock, VA 23417


Audition Video Submissions:


Seeking video auditions nationwide. Looking for Actor/Singers who can move. Along with your headshot and résumé, please film 1 comedic monologue and 1 comedic song. Song selection can be from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee but not necessary. Karaoke tracks are acceptable. Please, no A capella. Looking for submissions that show off character, range, and comedic timing. Please email your video links and passwords (if applicable) to:    *Submissions due by December 15, 2017!*


Seeking Talent: Actor/Singers who can move


NOTE: All the “Spellers” must look young. Actors must also interact with guest ‘Spellers’ from the audience so improve skills are a plus. Mitch, Schwarzy, Olive, Panch, and Marcy have been cast. All roles open to actors from all ethnic groups.


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.

Vocal range: B3 - F5


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.

Vocal range: C4 - B5


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.

Vocal range: A3 - A5


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.

Vocal range: E3 – B4