Cleveland Play House
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - NYC Appointments
LORT B; $887/week
Music and Lyrics: William Finn
Book: Rachel Sheinkin
Artistic Director: Laura Kepley
Director & Choreographer: Marcia Milgrom Dodge
Musical Director: Sariva Goetz
Casting Office: Elissa Myers
Casting Casting Director: Paul Fouquet
Casting Associate: Karie Koppel
First Rehearsal: March 20, 2018
First Preview: April 14, 2018
Opens: April 20, 2018
Closes: May 6, 2018 (Possible extension through May 13, 2018)
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.
Seeking a diverse cast. All ethnicities strongly encouraged. Looking for skilled actors with strong character technique. This show is in no way camp and should not be played for laughs, it’s humor is more character driven.
Seeking submissions from AEA members. AEA members must submit themselves directly in order to be considered via this posting (no agent or third-party submissions).
Seeking Adult actors 18+ for all roles.
[RONA LISA PERETTI]
(Female, 40s, Soprano-must have an A, Any Ethnicity) Putnam’s longtime spelling bee host and the number one realtor in Putnam County. A former Spelling Bee Champion herself, she loves children but can be stern when necessary. She thinks of this as a cerebral sporting event. Her interest in the competition is unflagging. (Also plays Olive’s Mom-a fantasy version at her ashram in India)
[VICE PRINCIPAL DOUGLAS PANCH]
(Male, 40s 50s, Baritone, Any Ethnicity) Frustrated with life and awaiting a promotion, he was not happy to get the call that he was needed to substitute as host today. Though he finds the young spellers alien to him, he starts the day eager to redeem himself for past mistakes. Also, he is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti.
(Male, 30s,Tenor, NonCaucasian) who can riff well. An exconvict, Mitch is performing his community service as a “comfort counselor” at the Bee. He hands out juice boxes to losing students with no idea how to offer comfort, but finds himself wishing he could make the kids feel better. (Also plays Dan Dad-laid back & ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers & Olive’s Dad-a fantasy version)
(Male, 18+ to play preteen, Tenor, Non-Caucasian) The reigning spelling bee champion, he expects things to come easy to him. Athletic, social, and a boy scout, he returns to defend his title, but he finds he’s been going through some weird changes that he did not expect. (Also plays Jesus-deity invoked by a speller in need)
(Male, 18+ to play preteen, Tenor, Any Ethnicity) A second alternate, Leaf gets into today’s competition on a lark and finds everything about it incredibly amusing. Homeschooled and from a large family, he has severe Attention Deficit Disorder and spells words correctly while in a trance. Makes his own clothes. (Also plays Carl Dad-Schwarzy’s main trainer, intense & competitive.)
(Female, 18+ to play preteen, Alto/Belter, Any Ethnicity) The youngest speller, she is incredibly political, keenly aware of her surroundings, and driven by internal and external pressure. She wants to win to make her fathers’ proud. She is also somewhat of a neat freak and has a lisp.
(Female,18+ to play preteen, Soprano/Belt, Non-Caucasian) A recent transfer student who attends Catholic school, Marcy is a quintessential overachiever and comes from a family where excellence is expected. She speaks six languages, is athletic, and plays multiple instruments among her other talents. She keeps her problems to herself and is not allowed to cry.
(Female, 18+ to play preteen, Soprano/High Mix-Belt to an F, Any Ethnicity) A newcomer to competitive spelling, Olive loves words and spends time alone reading her friend, the dictionary. Words bring her comfort and are exciting to her. She spends some of the Bee looking to see if her father has arrived and dreams of her mother who is in an ashram in India. She starts out enormously shy and begins to blossom.
(Male, 18+ to play preteen, Bari-Tenor, Any Ethnicity) A finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts and is back for vindication. Friendship surprises him today as he relies on his “Magic Foot” method of spelling that boosted him to spelling glory (even though he only has one working nostril and a touchy personality.
For consideration, mail picture and resume to address below. EQUITY MEMBERS ONLY. SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED AFTER January 1 WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. ****PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A HIGH SECURITY BUILDING AND DROP-OFFS ARE NOT POSSIBLE****
ELISSA MYERS CASTING
421 7th Avenue
ATTN: Spelling Bee, Role of _________
New York, NY 10001
NYC auditions to be held January 8-10, 2018 by APPOINTMENT ONLY.