UPCOMING AUDITIONS AT THE SOONER THEATRE
Sooner Stage Presents: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeDirected and Choreographed by Lisa Fox
Initial Auditions: April 11, 10am-noon, 1-4 pm (by appt.) at The Studio of The Sooner Theatre, 110 E Main St, Norman, 73069
Callbacks: April 14, 7 pm at The Sooner Theatre, 101 E Main St, Norman, 73069
Rehearsals: Mid-April through June 3, primarily evenings, Monday-Friday, with possible weekend calls
Performances: June 4-7 (six performances)
Character BreakdownChip TolentinoAn 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.
Leaf ConeybearThe 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.
William BarfeeA 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.
Marcy Park (THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST)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.
Olive OstrovskyA 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 PerettiThe 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.
Douglas PanchThe 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.
Mitch MahoneyThe 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.
Carl DadSchwarzy's main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy's fathers. Normally played by actor playing Leaf.
Dan Dadthe more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy's fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.
Jesus ChristDeity invoked by a speller in need. Normally played by the actor playing Chip.
Leaf's Mom, Dad, And SiblingsAll more academically gifted than Leaf, they are even more surprised than he is by his success. Normally played by the spellers and audience volunteers as indicated in the script.
Olive's DadA fantasy version of Olive's dad coming to the bee from work. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.
Olive's MomA fantasy version of Olive's mom at her Ashram in India. Normally played by the actor playing Rona.