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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy that centers on a fictional spelling bee in the gymnasium of the Putnam Valley Middle School. An eclectic group of 6 quirky middle school students (usually played by adults) arrive at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for different reasons. The Bee is run by an equally quirky group of 3 adults. Four real audience members are invited on stage during each performance to compete alongside the 6 characters. With a book by Rachel Sheinkin and engaging, tuneful score by William Finn, the 2005 Broadway production won the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for best book.

The Charleston Light Opera Guild will present this witty and humorous musical at the Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre on January 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28 and February 2, 3, and 4, 2018.

MAJOR CHARACTERS: (Those auditioning should be ages 16 – adult)

William Morris Barfee – Lead male, tenor; a finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts; he has a famous "magic foot" method of spelling

Olive Ostrovsky – Lead female, mezzo-soprano; a relative new comer to competitive spelling; her mother is in India; sweet and shy Olive has befriended the dictionary since childhood

Logainne "Schwartzy" Schwartzandgubenierre – Supporting female, mezzo-soprano; the youngest and most politically aware of the spellers, she has two gay fathers; a neat freak, she speaks with a lisp and is confident that she will return for the bee next year

Marcy Park – Supporting female, mezzo-soprano; an overachiever and recent transfer from Virginia, she plays Mozart and Chopin on multiple instruments, is athletic and only sleeps three hours a night

Leaf Coneybear – Supporting male, tenor; a homeschooler and second runner-up in his district, he got into the bee on a lark since the winner and first runner-up had to attend a Bat Mitzvah; he is from a family of hippies, spells while in a trance and is easily distracted

Charlito "Chip" Tolentino – Supporting male, tenor; a Boy Scout and champion of the 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; he returns to defend his title, but is struggling with his puberty

Rona Lisa Peretti – Featured female, mezzo-soprano; number one realtor in Putnam County, she is a former Putnam County Spelling Bee champ and annually moderates the bee

Douglas Panch – Featured male, spoken role; vice president of the school; returns to act as a judge after a five year absence

Mitch Mahoney – Featured male, tenor; the official comfort counselor, he is an ex-con and performing community service with the Bee

MINOR CHARACTERS: (All may be doubled by actors playing major characters)
Carl Grubenierre – Ensemble male, tenor; one of Logainne's fathers
Dan Swartz – Ensemble male, tenor; the other father of Logainne
Leaf's Dad, Mon and Siblings – Ensemble
Olive's Dad and Mom – Ensemble male, tenor and female, mezzo-soprano; appear in Olive's mind for encouragement
Jesus Christ – Ensemble male, tenor; appears to Marcy in a moment of crisis


Tuesday and Wednesday, November 14 and 15, 7:30 pm
Prepare a musical selection; bring sheet music for Guild accompanist if you aren't singing from the score
Scripts will be provided

Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre, 411 Tennessee Ave., Charleston

Nina Denton Pasinetti, director/choreographer
David Patrick, musical director






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