On Sale to FLEX – August 24, 2020
On Sale to the Public – August 31, 2020
Can You Spell I-R-R-E-S-I-S-T-I-B-L-E?
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is the fast-paced, wildly funny and touching musical that has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. 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. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.
Opens: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Closes: Sunday, September 20, 2020
Location: Central Artstation,
801 Crocket St., in downtown Shreveport
Music & Lyrics | WILLIAM FINN
Book | RACHEL SHEINKIN
Concept | REBECCA FELDMAN
Additional Material | JAY REISS
THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY | SEPTEMBER 17, 18, 19 | 7:30PM
SUNDAY | SEPTEMBER 20 | 2:00PM
Tickets: On Sale to the Public – August 31, 2020
Adults: $20. | Seniors: $18. | Students: $15.
Direction | JARED WATSON
Choreography | TBD
Musical Direction & Scenic Design | SETH TAYLOR
Lighting Design | SAMUEL COPELAND
Costume Design | TBD
Sound Design | TBD
“A riotously funny and entirely adorable new musical”—New York Times
SPELLING BEE CAST
INITIAL AUDITIONS will be held on October 26 at 2pm. Additional auditions may be held in the spring of 2020 if we are not able to complete casting from this initial call. Seeking the following roles:
Chip Tolentino/Jesus Christ
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./Deity invoked by a speller in need. Normally played by the actor playing Chip.
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 Coneybear/Carl Dad
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./Schwarzy’s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by actor playing Leaf.
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.
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.
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/Olive’s Mom
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./A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India. Normally played by the actor playing Rona.
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.
Mitch Mahoney/Olive’s Dad/Dan Dad
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./A fantasy version of Olive’s dad coming to the bee from work. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch./The more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.
Leaf’s Mom, Dad, And Siblings
All 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.