We recently completed auditions for our upcoming winter show, Almost, Maine, the comic drama by John Cariani.
If you would like to help out with the production, please contact us at TCSaugus@gmail.com or 781-816-7019.
The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is excited to announce auditions for our upcoming spring show, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this Spelling Bee is one unforgettable experience.
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.
A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.
Auditions for the Theatre Company of Saugus production of Spelling Bee will be on Sunday, January 7, 2018, starting at 7:00 PM; and on Tuesday, January 9, starting at 7:30 PM. Callback auditions will be on Wednesday, January 10, starting at 7:30 PM.
Performances are scheduled for April 21-28-29 and May 4-5-6, 2018. Rehearsals will usually be three times per week, on Sundays and two weeknights.
The location of auditions, rehearsals, and performances is the American Legion Post 210 / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, Massachusetts 01906. See our Directions page.
The production team for Spelling Bee includes stage director Bobby Imperato, musical director Benjamin Tan, choreographer Kristin McGregor, and stage manager Jamie Trevino.
Those auditioning are asked to prepare a 32-bar selection from the show, and a one-minute comedic monologue of their choice. Please bring sheet music in the correct key, and let us know about any special tricks or talents that you may have. Please bring a headshot and resume.
There are roles for six actors that play the adolescent spellers, including three men and three women. There are roles for three actors playing the adults, including two men and one woman. All actors also usually double in multiple minor parts. All roles are open.
All auditioners are asked to sign up for an Audition slot for Spelling Bee:
If you have questions about the show and the auditions, , or need to arrange for an alternate audition time, please contact us at TCSaugus@gmail.com or at 781-816-7019.
Save time at your audition by reading and filling out the audition paperwork. Click here to download the Info Sheet, Audition Form, Conflict Calendar, and Cast Contract.
- 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.
- Logainne Schwartzandgrunenierre (schwartzy): 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
- Carl Dad: Schwarzy’s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by actor playing Leaf.
- Dan Dad: the more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.
- Jesus Christ: Deity invoked by a speller in need. Normally played by the actor playing Chip.
- Leaf’s Mom, Dad, And Siblings: 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.
- Olive’s Dad: A fantasy version of Olive’s dad coming to the bee from work. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.
- Olive’s Mom: A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India. Normally played by the actor playing Rona.