Tuesday, June 14, 2022

SVP Casting Call: "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"



Valley Players


"Yes, we are the little red schoolhouse!"


Auditions at SVP

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee


Audition Date

Monday, June 20, 2022, at

7:00 pm

Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at

7:00 pm


Callback Date: Thursday, June 23, 2022 (if needed)


Synopsis: 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.

Performance Dates: September 9 - 25, Friday & Saturday - 8PM, Sunday - 2PM


Director Christian Carrara is seeking the following:

5 Adult Males

4 Adult Females


Character Gender/Age Range Description


Panch- Adult (male)

The Vice Principal. He is the judge of the Bee. Mostly calm and collected but has some pent-up anger and frustrations. Is in love with Rona. Actor must be able to lead the show as he sets the pace and makes the decisions on the guest spellers. He must have a strong adlib ability. Mostly a non-singing role, but may join in on ensemble vocals.


Rona- Adult (female)

B3-F5 – The moderator and commentator as well as number-one realtor in Putnam County. Loving and compassionate. She won in the past and feels she has a special connection with the spellers. Actor must have great improvisational skills as she comments on every speller every time they come up to spell. Also plays the character of Olive’s Mom.


Shwarzy- 16 + (female)

A3-F5 – The youngest of the spellers. Very politically driven. Her life is structured and organized. She is very fearful of disappointing her two dads. Also plays the character of Leaf’s Mom.


Olive- 16 + (female)

B3-F5 – The shy newcomer of the spellers. Her life is very lonely as her parents are rarely around. She loves words and the dictionary.


Barfee -16 + (male)

E4-B5 – The know-it-all of the spellers. He tends to bully everyone, but it is mostly a defense mechanism. His allergies and awkward personality make it difficult for him to make friends. Also plays the character of Leaf’s Dad.


Coneybear- 16 + (male)

A3-A5 – The home-schooled free spirit of the spellers. He has a large family of which he is (or thinks he is) the least smart. He finds random things amusing and also has ADD. Also plays the character of Carl’s Dad.


Chip- 16 + (male)

C4-B5 – The boy scout of the spellers. Won last year’s Bee, so he thinks he is better than everyone else. Going through puberty which makes things awkward for him as he discovers what attraction is… Also plays the character of Jesus.


Marcy- 16 + (female)

C4-E5 – The transfer student of the spellers. She is a major overachiever because that is what is expected of her. At the same time, she is very tired of having to be perfect and being a member of every club and playing every sport and instrument. Actor should hopefully be able to do multiple special tricks/skills. Also plays the character of Leaf’s Sister.


Mitch- Adult (male)

E4-A5 – The comfort counselor. He is an ex-convict which makes him intimidating. Starts off annoyed to be there, but learns to love the job. Also plays the characters of Dan Dad and Olive’s Dad.


Special Notes for Auditioners:

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show. Please bring

sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. Be

prepared to move as there will be a short dance sequence.


Sponsored by:

Roberta Steve, SVP President


Petrock’s Bar & Grille, the favorite Hillsborough restaurant of the Somerset Valley Players. 



The theatre is Air-Conditioned and Wheelchair Accessible.


Theater Location

689 Amwell Road

Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Telephone: 908-369-7469

Mailing Address

601 Route 206

Suite 26-216

Hillsborough, NJ 08844


Made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.


Somerset Valley Players | 601 Route 206, Suite 26-216, Hillsborough, NJ 08844