Actor Auditions

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Sunday September 10th from 1 to 4 pm (at TheatreWorks, 5 Brookside Avenue, New Milford) and Monday September 11th from 7 to 9:30 pm (at United Methodist Church 68 Danbury Rd, New Milford)

Sign Up is encouraged, but Walk-ins and Virtual Submissions welcome. Requests to schedule alternate audition days/times are welcome. Please use this form.

The production is looking for 9 Adults to complete the cast of the “spellers” and “adults”. 

The audition will include a reading from provided sides and a vocal performance consisting of 32 bars of a song that showcases your range (songs from Spelling Bee are allowed). There will likely be an accompanist, so please come prepared with both sheet music and a backing track on your phone or tablet if possible. Please consider character voices where applicable.


Roles available

RONA LISA PERETTI (Female):. Vocal Range: B3-F5: Should have both a high belt and improv skills. Along with Panch, she guides the comedy of the show and the audience volunteers.

DOUGLAS PANCH (Male): The Vice Principal. We are looking for a strong character actor with impeccable comic timing and the ability to improv. While he does not need to sing, he is the most important role in the entire show.

CHIP TOLENTINO (Male):  Vocal Range: C3-B4. This role has some of the most difficult singing in the show and requires long sustained high notes.

LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUNIERRE (SCHWARTZY) (Female): Speller #1. Logainne is the youngest and most politically aware speller, often making comments about current political figures and her mature world views.  She speaks with a lisp though has a real confidence about her at times. Vocal Range: A3-F5

LEAF CONEYBEAR (Male or Female):. This role allows a ton of personal interpretation and requires physical comedy. Vocal Range: A2-A4

WILLIAM BARFEE (Male): Vocal Range: E2-B4.  This role requires a strong character actor with impeccable comic timing and the ability to create his own character. He should have a strong character voice.

MARCY PARK (Female):. Marcy is the most feared and practiced competitor in the bee. " She is also not allowed to cry. Vocal Range: C4-E5.

OLIVE OSTROVSKY (Female):  She starts enormously shy, and shyly blossoms. Vocal Range: B3-F5

MITCH/MEG MAHONEY (Male or Female): The Official Comfort Counselor.  They come across as scary and tough but are really a big softy deep down. Vocal Range: E2-B4.


About the Show

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.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 a champion! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.

The production will run December 8 - 31 (New Year’s Gala Fundraiser) at Theatreworks, New Milford CT.  You will likely be home before midnight.

Rehearsals to be determined after casting upon actor availability.

Theatreworks does not discriminate - Actors of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

For further information please contact the director, Kate Kovacs at