Theatre Arlington holds auditions for each of its productions.
Information regarding each show is posted as soon as it becomes available from the production’s director.
Theatre Arlington is committed to giving opportunities to performers of all backgrounds and ethnicities.
Theatre Arlington strongly encourages BIPOC and LBGTQ+ actors to audition.
ALL Auditions are by appointment ONLY!
Appointments will be accepted 1 MONTH prior to audition date.
Theatre Arlington will have one Equity contract available for each production.
|2022 SEASON AUDITIONS|
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Book by Rachel Sheinkin / Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Director: Micah Green
Music Director: Mark Mullino
Choreographer: Leslie Jones
Stage Manager: Maria Leon Hickox
Executive Producer: Steven D. Morris
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Starting @ 2pm
By appointment only
Please use this link to reserve your audition appointment
Sunday, December 5, 2021
Starting at 5pm
Theatre Arlington’s Education Building 316 W Main St., Arlington, TX 76010
May 13 – June 5, 2022
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:30pm
Sundays @ 2:00pm
1st Cast Meeting/Read-through: Sunday, March 20, 2022 (tentative)
Rehearsals will begin: Monday, April 4, 2022 (tentative)
Rehearsals will be weekday evenings with weekend rehearsals (times TBD)
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early with your headshot and resume
Cold readings from the script
Please bring sheet music marked and in the correct key
Prepare one song (32 measures)
An accompanist will be provided
About the Show:
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,
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.
One Equity Contract available for this production
All Actors will receive a stipend
We are looking for a diverse cast, ages 18 and up.
An athletic, social, boy scout and champion of the 24th 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 20th 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.
Schwarzy’s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by
actor playing Leaf.
The more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.
Deity invoked by a speller in need. Normally 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.
Normally played by the spellers and audience volunteers as indicated in the script.
A fantasy version of Olive’s dad coming to the bee from work. Normally played by the actor
A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India. Normally played by the actor playing Rona.
By Peter Shaffer
Performance Dates: July 15 – 31, 2022
Audition Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022
Callbacks: Sunday, February 20, 2022
By Neil Simon
Performance Dates: August 19 – September 4, 2022
Audition Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
Callbacks: Sunday, March 6, 2022
By Bekah Brunstetter
Performance Dates: September 30 – October 16, 2022
Audition Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022
Callbacks: Sunday, May 1, 2022
Roald Dahl’s JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH, JR.
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald / Music and Lyrics By Benj Pasek & Justin Paul