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Fall Theater Tryouts


This year's fall Theater Production will be The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Tryouts will be held in the Choral Music Room (Main building basement room 21) on the following dates:

Tuesday, (9/3) 3pm - 5pm
Thursday, (9/5) 3pm - 5pm
Friday, (9/6) 1pm - 4pm

Bring your class schedule and a 90 second prepared piece of music (No accompanist will be available but CD tracks are acceptable). You should also be prepared to read from the libretto of the musical.

The Fall Theater Production will be November 7th, 8th, and 9th.

Contact Greg Pauley () or Karen Werner () or call 660.263.4100 ext. 11904 for more info!

Character Breakdown for the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Main Cast:

CHIP TOLENTINO - 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.

DOUGLAS PANCH - The Vice Principle. Frustrated with his life, he 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. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but she does not return his affections.

LEAF CONEYBEAR - 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.

LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUNENIERRE (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.

MARCY PARK - A recent transfer from Virginia, Marcy placed ninth in last year's nationals. She speaks six languages, is a member of all-American hockey, a championship rugby player, plays Chopin and Mozart on multiple instruments, sleeps only three hours a night, hides in the bathroom cabinet, and is getting very tired of always winning. She is the poster child for the Over-Achieving Asian, and attends a Catholic school called "Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows." She is also not allowed to cry.

MITCH MAHONEY - The Official Comfort Counselor. An ex-convict, Mitch is performing his community service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to losing students. He has no idea how to offer comfort, but does find himself wishing he could find a way to make the kids feel better.

OLIVE OSTROVSKY - 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 - The number-one realtor in Putnam County, a former Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion herself, and the returning moderator. She 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.

WILLIAM BARFEE - 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.

Doubling Possibilities:

CARL DAD - Schwarzy's main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy's fathers. Possibly played by actor playing Leaf

DAN DAD - The more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy's fathers Possibly played by the actor playing Mitch

JESUS CHRIST - Deity invoked by a speller in need. Possibly played by the actor playing Chip.

LEAF'S MOM, DAD, and SIBLINGS - All more academically gifted than Leaf, they are even more surprised than he is by his success. Possibly played by the spellers and audience volunteers.

OLIVE's DAD - A fantasy version of Olive's dad coming to the bee from work. Possibly played by the actor playing Mitch.

OLIVE's MOM - A fantasy version of Olive's mom at her Ashram in India. Normally played by the actor playing Rona


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