(Male 40s-50s) - GOOD TIME CHARLEY BERNSTEIN, around 50. A bartender and everybody’s friend. MYRTON, 50s. An English butler. DOC KELTON, 50s. A warm-hearted, no-nonsense country
(Male 40s) - Tall, burly and blond. A shrewd bootlegger with a melancholy, romantic soul.
Miss Clarabelle Cobb
(Female 30s) - Sweet and sensible former chorus girl from a religious family in Akron, Ohio.
(Female 30s) - A beauty and deeply loyal. A trained dancer working at the Half Moon Club. A native New Yorker and a real artiste.
(Male 50s) - Short, stocky, capable older guy,somewhat worn down by life.
(Male 30s) - A good-looking young guy with an easy charm. Always well dressed. Men enjoy his good humor and companionship. Women love everything about him.
Originally from San Francisco.
Mrs. Albright (Bitsy) / Gammer O' Neill
(Female 40s-50s) - MRS ELIZABETH ALBRIGHT (BITSY), late 40s. An attractive and imperious society woman. GAMMER O’NEILL, MURIEL’s grandmother, 90-odd, and a little childish in spots.
Heine Schmitz/ Jasper/ Ambersham/ Cop
(Male 40s-50s) - HEINE SCHMITZ, late 40s. Runs an extensive bootlegging and racketeering operation. Something of a powder keg. JASPER, late 50s. MYRTON’s very proper elder brother. A
butler. AMBERSHAM, late 40s. An officious, unctuous factory foreman. COP, 40s.
We are more than happy to accommodate virtual auditions, but you must submit the audition form and email it to the director with the reason as to why you can’t make it to auditions.
Please keep in mind callbacks will be mandatory.
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. This actor also doubles as Jesus.
Schwartzy 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. Somewhat of a neat freak, Logainne speaks with a lisp, and will be back next year.
Leaf Coneybear (Tenor A3-A5)
The second runner-up in the district, Leaf gets into the competition on a lark and finds everything about the bee incredibly amusing. Leaf is home-schooled and comes from a large family of former hippies. Neurodivergent with ADHD, Leaf’s special brain goes into a trance in order to spell words correctly. This actor also plays Carl’s Dad.
William Barfee (Tenor E4-B5)
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 (Mezzo Soprano C4-E5)
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. Marcy’s many talents might include playing a musical instrument, dance, martial arts, baton twirling, and/or other special gifts the actor might bring to the show.
Olive Ostrovsky (Mezzo Soprano B3-F5)
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 (Mezzo-Soprano B3-F5)
The #1 realtor in Putnam County, a former Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion, and the returning moderator. Rona Lisa 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. This actor also plays Olive’s mom.
Vice Principal Douglas Panch (non-singing role: male/female)
The Vice Principal. Frustrated with life, Panch 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.
Mitch Mahoney (Tenor E4-A5; male/female)
The Official Comfort Counselor. Ex-convict Mitch is performing community service with the Bee, by handing out juice boxes to losing students. At first, Mitch has no idea how to offer comfort, but ends up having a real knack at making the kids feel better. Actor usually also plays Dan’s dad and Olive’s dad.