AUDITIONS FOR "SPELLING BEE"
Familiarize yourself with the musical. There are many versions you can watch on Youtube... the soundtrack is there too. Here is the version we recommend:
Your audition appointment will last approximately 15 minutes and appointments are booked closely together, so please make every effort to arrive on time (or early!)
Here is what you should prepare for your audition:
Once you're familiar with the show, choose 1-2 different characters that you feel you are right for. Prepare the song they sing in the show. Pick 16 bars of the most difficult part of the song. You will be singing this acapella (no accompaniment).
You are permitted to bring a copy of your music in the room but we would really like you to be memorized.
It's very, very important that you make bold, exciting choices and give the character a strong personality - that is much more important to us than having you sing pretty! We can always change the key of the song for the right actor. We want to see you act!
All of this music can be found online. If you are having difficulty, send us an email.
SUGGESTED VOCAL AUDITION PORTIONS
William Barfee - "Magic Foot"
Beginning – Measure 33 (“It’s an alpha-better way to spell”)
Olive Ostrovsky - "The I Love You Song"
Measure 108 (“When are you returning”) through Measure 138 (“Wish you were home”)
Leaf Coneybear - "I’m Not That Smart"
Measure 50 (“I might be smart”) through the end
Marcy Park - "I Speak Six Languages"
Measure 18 (“To excel in athletics”) through Measure 52 (“Though I play Mozart more”)
Logaine Schwartzandgrubenierre - "Woe is Me"
Measure 18 (“I hope you can love, America”) through Measure 63 (“why I gotta win this spelling bee”)
Chip Tolentino - "Chip’s Lament"
Measure 45 (“My unfortunate protuberance”) through Measure 84 (“Is ruining my life”)
Mitch Mahoney - "Prayer of the Comfort Counselor"
Beginning through Measure 27 (“Spell with patience and care”)
Vice Principal Douglas Patch:
While this is a non-singing role, we want to hear what capabilities each actor has. Please sing any of the suggested portions for Barfee, Leaf, Mitch, or Chip
Rona Lisa Peretti - "The I Love You Song"
Measure 42 (“We always knew, we always knew”) through Measure 74 (“I Love You”)
You are permitted to bring a copy of your monologue in the room but we would really like you to be memorized!
Make interesting choices with your character!!!
Tittup. T... I...
(reluctantly, but he knows it)
T... U – Oh wait. Two t’s. You heard both, right? Backing up, T-I-T-T-U-P. Tittup
No, but, I wasn’t sure if you heard both t’s. I obviously know how to spell it... That’s not fair. I got it right. I can’t get out on a word I spelled right.
Miss Peretti, can I have one more chance? Please?
(Phone rings. A flashback to the moment when he found out he’s in.)
Thanks! I got it!
Hello, Leaf speaking. Uh, huh. Uh, huh. Uh, huh.
You’re kidding? I’m gonna represent the Basin in the bee? Wow, I can’t believe it.
Mom, Dad, Marigold, Brook, Pinecone, Raisin, Landscape, Paul, - you’re not going to believe this! I made the county finals in the spelling bee!
(LEAF’S FAMILY laughs.)
I know! but they just called and said the person who came in first has to go to their bat mitzvah, and the person who came in second...has to attend the bat mitzvah, so they want me to do it!
RONA LISA PERRETTI
Ladies and Gentlemen, all the children you see on stage are here because of their extraordinary ability and love of language—but only one of them can go on to compete in the National Spelling Bee! Hello, I’m Rona Lisa Peretti, and I’m pleased to be back for my 9th consecutive year as your host. Unfortunately, our usual word pronouncer, Superintendent Spriggs has [fallen ill]*, so please join me in welcoming Vice Principal Douglas Panch, returning to us after a five- year hiatus – so thank you Douglas for stepping in on such short notice
(CHIP throws a package of peanut M&Ms at Barfee.)
What are you nuts!
(sees what it is)
Nuts! You threw the yellow ones!
Will someone pick up the p – ? I can’t be near the peanuts!
(OLIVE comes and picks up the package. Gives it back to Chip)
You could be disqualified for that – if you hadn’t already been eliminated!
[CHIP: You know something, Barf: I may have lost, but you are the biggest loser here.]
Oh yeah? Well, that is a common misperception.
BARFEE shouts ad-libs at Chip as he exits [eg: Barfee—“This is a bully-free zone” from the original set, that had that sign visible on stage]
Dear Jesus, can’t you come up with a harder word than that?
(responding to JESUS’s voice, which she hears clearly in her head) Jesus? Hi! How are you? Jesus... I was wondering what would happen if I didn’t win today. What I mean is, would you be disappointed with me if I lost? You’re saying it’s up to me then? (she returns to spelling) Camouflage. C-A-M...O-U
(still deciding) F-L...A...J
(and as soon as she dares miss the first letter, she takes more and more joy in getting it wrong)... Z!!...H!!! Camaflajzh!
RONA: Miss Park speaks 5 languages.
MARCY: No I don't.
RONA: Don't you? Oh, ok...well, it says you won your schools gifted writing contest.
MARCY: Does it also say I only sleep 3 hours a night and I hide in the bathroom cabinet and I'm not allowed to cry?
RONA: Uh...no it does not say that.
MARCY: Well, it should. By the way...I speak 6 languages!
(seeing someone taking chair she saved)
Oh, excuse me – ma’am/sir could you not sit in that seat –
I saved a chair for my dad in the eighth row; and it may take him a while but when he get’s here, that’s his chair.
(getting caught up in her own memories
‘Cause my mother’s in an ashram in India. I saved a chair for her too but it’s merely symbolic as daily she cleanses herself in the Ganges. And I live in a house where there’s an oversized dictionary that I read as a girl on the toilet.
(called back to spelling reality)
Boanthopy. Is that from the Latin root bo meaning ox, and the Greek root anthro meaning man?
VICE PRINCIPAL DOUGLAS PANCH
Thank you Rona, and I would like to say as to the incident 5 years ago, I’m in a much better place now.
(Has always been a bit smitten by Rona)
And may I add, Ms. Peretti here is not only one of Putnam County’s top realtors, she’s also a former spelling champion herself. Beautiful.
And now for the Pledge of Allegiance led by our comfort counselor,
(Checks writing on the palm of his hand)
Mr. Mitchell M. Mahoney.
You can’t comfort these darn kids. They don’t yet know that the good don’t always win, so there’s nothing you can say to cheer them up when they lose. I want to tell them disappointment doesn’t last—but from what I’ve seen disappointment lasts. I want to tell them words don’t matter; but from what I’ve seen words can get you killed. I just want to beat them up a little, so they understand that pain has degrees, and this is nothing—this is nothing, you little freaks. But that would violate my parole. So I do what I can. I give them a hug and a juice box. I’m here to give comfort.
Doesn’t anybody else here care about the rules?
(and seeing an opportunity she goes to the microphone and makes a political speech. )
This bee is about as shocking as Lance Bass coming out of the closet! Former N'Sync member Lance Bass literally rocked the nation earlier this week when he proudly came out of the closet- though as my dads pointed out, the highlighted hair tips have always been a little bit of a dead giveaway. Anyway, I applaud Lance for taking a stand and essentially bein' the anti-Bush poster boy-he's openly gay~ he's dating someone with a very foreign name and he wrote the song that I want to sing to President Bush when he finally leaves office-(with boy band choreography singing) - I wanna see you out that door - baby, bye bye bye!!!
We may ask you to dance, so dress comfortably.
Auditions are competitive and roles are limited. Knowledge of the music and the show is required. Show us what role you deserve.
We are looking to see you act a character through song and dance, as well as your musical proficiency and competency.
Be familiar with the style of the show and make clear choices.
Please do not merely imitate other actor's performances.
The key to comedy is timing, being in the moment and making fresh choices!
Break a leg! We are rooting for you.