Six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything.
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 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. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for high schools or community theatres. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite. –MTI
Rona Lisa Peretti | Kellie Klein
Douglas Panch | Justin Dekker
Midge Mahoney | Lynnda Nelson
Olive Ostrovsky | Jessica Halverson
William Barfée | Adam Waldon
Logainne SwartzandGrubenierre | Elizabeth Wolfe
Marcy Park | Natalie Dulka
Leaf Coneybear | AJ Lennartson
Chip Tolentino | Tyler Eliason
Olive’s Mom | Bretanne Ostberg
Performances Oct 4, 5, 6, 11 & 12 (7 pm)
Shakopee West Middle School | 200 10th Ave E, Shakopee, MN 55379
Shakopee West Junior High
Orchestra Director | Ted Sammis
Cello | Vicki Bickle
Bass | Pete Bliss
Clarinet | Becky Loebermann
Flute / Alto Sax | Melissa Cummings
Drums / Percussion | Jay Bjoin, Connie Bjoin
Percussion | JoAnne Tutch
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 Schwartzandgrubeniere (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.
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.
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.
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
Douglas Panch “Vice Principle”
Deity invoked by a speller in need. Normally played by the actor playing Chip.
Leaf’s Mom, Dad, And Siblings
A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India. Normally played by the actor playing Rona.
Tues – Aug 13 & Wed – Aug 14 from 6:30 – 8:30pm
Roles for ages 18+
First come, first served: we will not be scheduling appointments.
Auditioners will need to come with a song prepared (it doesn’t need to be from the show but can be). Directors will also have auditioners cold read.
Callbacks, as needed, will be Thursday, Aug 15.
- Rehearsals Mon – Thurs (6:00 – 9:00 pm) Aug 19 – Sep 26.
- Dress Rehearsals Sep 30 – Oct 3
- Performances Oct 4, 5, 6, 11 & 12 at Twin Oaks Middle School