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Theater auditions: ‘Spelling Bee’ in Kissimmee

Here’s an audition notice for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee:

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Auditions: ‘Spelling Bee’ at Breakthrough

Here’s an audition notice for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park:

The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park will hold auditions for the William Finn musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Friday, September 17, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, September 18, from 3 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Those auditioning should prepare 16 bars of 2 contrasting songs. There may also be cold readings from the script. Accompanist will be provided.

Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Directed by Wade Hair

Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show’s Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.


  • Chip Tolentino  C3 – B4 (Tenor)
  • William Barfee (this role cast)
  • Marcy Park E5 (Soprano/Mezzo-soprano)
  • Douglas Panch
  • Leaf Coneybear / Carl Grubenierre A2 – G4 (Baritenor)
  • Mitch Mahoney / Dan Schwartz / Olive’s dad E3 – A4 (B4) (Tenor)
  • Rona Lisa Peretti / Olive’s Mom C#4 – Ab5 (Soprano)
  • Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre / Leaf’s Mom C4 – D5 (Soprano)
  • Olive Ostrovsky / Leaf’s Siblings (this role cast)

The show runs November 5-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., with an Industry Night on Monday, November 15, at 8 p.m.

The Breakthrough Theatre is located at 419A W. Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park. The telephone number is 407-920-4034.