PVPA Professional Auditions


“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” AUDITION NOTICE

Palos Verdes Performing Arts announces casting for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the hilarious and heart-warming musical with Book by Rachel Sheinkin and Music and Lyrics by William Finn.

AUDITIONS
TUESDAY, AUGUST 1 – 2:30pm – 9:30pm (lunch from 6-7) - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 – 2:30pm – 9:30pm (lunch from 6-7) – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
CALLBACKS BY INVITATION ONLY SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 11am-7pm

AUDITIONS TO BE HELD AT THE NORRIS PAVILION:
501 INDIAN PEAK ROAD, ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, CA 90274
The Norris Pavilion Building is next to the fire station. 

Parking is across the street in mall parking structure. It is FREE.

IMPORTANT DATES BELOW: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

REHEARSALS BEGIN: AUGUST 29th. OPEN: September 15, CLOSE: October 1

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:
Rehearsals begin Tuesday August 29.  Rehearsals will be Tuesday- Fridays, 3-11 for AEA, 6-11 for non-union.
Saturdays 11 am-7pm for all, Sundays from 1:30 pm – 9:30 pm for all

Tech week:
Sunday, September 10, 12pm-12am (10 out of 12)  Sitzprobe with orchestra 12-3pm
Monday, Sept 11 OFF
Tuesday, September 12, 11am-7 all
Wednesday, September 13, 3-11 all
Thursday, September 14, 3-11 all
Friday, September 15, 1-6pm(as needed) 7:30 half hour call 8pm PERFORMANCE
Saturday, September 16, 730 half hour  8pm PERFORMANCE
Sunday, September 17, 130 half hour  2pm PERFORMANCE
Friday, September 22, 4pm-6 Brushup Rehearsal 7:30 half hour  8pm PERFORMANCE
Saturday, September 23, 730 half hour  8pm PERFORMANCE
Sunday, September 24, 130 half hour  2pm PERFORMANCE
Friday, September 29, 4-6pm Brushup Rehearsal 7:30 half hour  8pm PERFORMANCE
Saturday, September 30, 730 half hour  8pm PERFORMANCE
Sunday, October 1, 130 half hour,  2pm PERFORMANCE
 
DIRECTOR – RICHARD ISRAEL
MUSIC DIRECTOR - SEAN ALEXANDER BART
CHOREOGRAPHER - DANIEL SMITH
PRODUCER - CHRIS GILBERT
ALL ROLES ARE OPEN.  ALL ROLES MAY BE CONSIDERED FOR EQUITY (UP TO 3 CONTRACTS).  ALL OTHERS FOR NON-UNION CONTRACTS.

AUDITION HOTLINE:
CALL (310) 544-0403 ext. 254 FOR APPOINTMENTS AND FURTHER INFORMATION.


CALLBACKS BY INVITATION ONLY TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 5th

DANCE/MOVEMENT WILL BE AT THE CALLBACKS

Please prepare:

1.     32 bars of uptempo and 32 bars of a ballad in the style of the show. Bring picture, resume and sheet music in your own key. Accompanist provided. No recorded music or a capella. You may sing from the score.

2.     Prepare sides for the character you wish to be seen for. Use the following link to dropbox to get the appropriate sides: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ysiacykr5n7y0ws/AACxNhh30y_hncu3_LRRFmnia?dl=0
 
3.     Those wishing to be considered for PANCH will be scheduled for August 5 only. Performers of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

THE SPELLERS

CHIP TOLENTINO (also plays Jesus) – The reigning spelling champion of Putnam County, relatively athletic and social, he expects things to come easily to him. Lately, though, he’s been going through some weird changes, and things are slipping out of his control. TENOR C4- B5 Sings High a LOT.

LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUBENNIERE – Younger than most bee participants, she is driven by external and internal pressure—but above all by a desire to win to make her two fathers proud. She lisps, is a little uncomfortable in her body, has some tics, but still manages to strike a strong presence with her political awareness and keen sense of justice. Having drilled words for hours a day, she is aware of everything that passes in the room. MEZZO-SOPRANO A3-F5

LEAF CONEYBEAR (also plays CARL DAD) -- A second alternate, he never expected to compete here today. Home-schooled with his many siblings, everything about this public bee is an adventure for him, from meeting the other kids to showing of his homemade clothing. Leaf doesn’t expect to win—or even to spell one word correctly—but he finds absolutely everything incredibly amusing. His mother has made him wear his protective helmet to the bee. TENOR A3-A5 (AS CARL DAD, G3-D5)

WILLIAM BARFEE – Has a host of health problems and a lot to prove. Loud and combative as a defensive posture, he is the fat kid who becomes a bully to avoid being picked on. His parents are divorced; William does not expect kindness from anyone but this mother. Still he’s noticed on the spelling circuit for his remarkable technique—spelling words out on the floor with his foot. Taken out of the competition last year because of an ill-timed allergic reaction, he’s here for vindication. TENOR E4-B5

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. 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 may bring to the table. MEZZO-SOPRANO C4-E5

OLIVE OSTROVSKY – A word lover, Olive has a fairly quiet life. An only child with often-absent parents, Olive spends a lot of her time alone. She fills some of that time reading the dictionary—the words bring her comfort, as does the idea of the vastness of the world the book contains. During the first half of the bee, she often peers into the audience to see if her father, who is delayed at work, has made it yet. She starts enormously shy, and shyly blossoms. MEZZO-SOPRANO B3-F5

THE ADULTS

RONA LISA PERRETTI (also plays OLIVE’S MOM) – Putnam’s long-time spelling bee hostess, a local realtor, and 3rd Annual Putnam County spelling champion. This is Rona’s day to be queen. From her perspective, she keeps the bee running smoothly, upholds protocol, and conveys crucial information to the audience. Her interest in the competition is unflagging and drives it forward. A little concerned when the substitute word pronouncer arrives, she knows she has to step up her game to make the day a success. MEZZO- SOPRANO B3-F5 (as OLIVE’S MOM, D4-E5)

VICE PRINCIPAL DOUGLAS PANCH – of Lake Hemingway Dos Passos Junior High is frustrated with his life. He fell into education, less out of love than a general ability uncoupled to a particular passion. The drive of the young spellers is alien to him. He never found anything that important. Stuck in his current job, endlessly awaiting a promotion that isn’t coming, he was not happy to get the call this morning that he was needed to substitute; but he starts the bee eager to do well, to redeem himself for past mistakes, and to impress the local hostess, Rona Lisa, who impressed him long ago. SPOKEN ROLE

MITCH MAHONEY (also plays DAN DAD, and OLIVE’S DAD) – With a bouncer’s physique and demeanor, Mitch appears an odd choice to be the bee’s “comfort counselor,” but it’s part of his community service assignment. The outsider, who in a way gets to inhabit the audience perspective, he wonders about the wisdom of putting kids through this at all. He has no idea how to offer comfort, but does increasingly find himself wishing he could find a way to make the kids feel better about losing, and perhaps place misspelling in wider perspective. TENOR E4-A5 ( as DAN DAD G3-D5, as OLIVE DAD E4-B5)