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AUDITIONS2015_schoolhouse-300

A pop culture phenomenon comes to the stage. From the Emmy award winning Saturday morning TV series in the 1970s that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs, Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. definitely rocks! Visit “Conjunction Junction” to ‘Unpack Your Adjectives’ while you ‘Do the Circulation.” Generation X-ers seeking a taste of nostalgia will delight in introducing their own kids to this good, clean, and educational fun! Come discover why this Schoolhouse rocks!

 

Director – Emily Smith

Music Director – Kaara McHugh

Choreographer – Chelsea Young

CAST REQUIREMENTS  large ensemble of kids and teens with many opportunities for solos


Where?
Mount Wachusett Community College, room 182
When?   Saturday, February 7 by appointment only; ages 8 – 12 at 10:00am or 11:00am; ages 13 – 18 at 12:00pm or 1:30pm; teen callbacks at 3pm (if needed)

*Punctuality will be noted and appreciated

Performance Dates: April 7, 8, 9, 10 at 9:30am and 12:00noon (for school groups); April 11 at 2:00pm (for the general public)

Performances will be held during school hours, so all cast members must be willing and able to take 4 days off from school/work. 

Tentative Rehearsal Schedule: Sundays from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, beginning February 15

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT CALL THE THEATRE AT THE MOUNT BOX OFFICE AT
978 630-9388, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 9:30AM TO 12:30PM or 1:30PM to 2:30PM, OR
E-MAIL YOUR APPOINTMENT REQUEST TO 
box-office@mwcc.mass.edu 

AUDITIONERS WILL BE ASKED TO SING A SHORT VOCAL SELECTION THAT WILL BE
TAUGHT AT THE AUDITION; AND THERE WILL BE A DANCE AUDITION, (combination also
taught at the audition) FOR ALL ROLES AND CHORUS (wear appropriate clothing and
footwear). Some performers will also be asked to do cold-readings from the script. 

 


AUDITIONSPutnamcountyspellingbeealbumcover

Take out your dictionaries! This six-time Tony nominated musical tells the story of five quirky kids vying for 1st prize, bragging rights, and most importantly, a trip to the National Spelling Bee Championship. The misfit contestants are joined by 3 or 4 guest spellers from the audience as they learn that a spelling bee is one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time, win or lose. Can you spell i-r-r-e-s-i-s-t-i-b-l-e?

Director – Lorien Corbelletti

Music Director – Joanne Landry

Choreographer – Rob Houle

CAST REQUIREMENTS – Small ensemble cast, featuring 6 “spellers” – see character descriptions below

Where? Mount Wachusett Community College, room 182 When? Sunday, February 15 at 6PM and Wednesday, February 18 at 7PM.

*Punctuality will be noted and appreciated

Performance Dates: May 1, 2, 8, 9 at 8:00pm; May 3 at 2:00pm

Tentative Rehearsal Schedule: Sundays from 6PM to 9PM; Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7PM to 10PM

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Everyone should prepare a short singing selection (accompanist provided) and will be taught a short dance combination (please wear appropriate clothing and footwear)  

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

CARL DAD: Schwarzy’s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by actor playing Leaf. G3 – D5

CHIP TOLENTINO: 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. C4 – B5

DAN DAD: the more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch. G3 – D5

DOUGLAS PANCH: 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.

JESUS CHRIST: Deity invoked by a speller in need. Normally played by the actor playing Chip.

LEAF CONEYBEAR: 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. A3 – A5

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.

LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUBENIERRE: (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. A3 – F5

MARCY PARK: A recent transfer from Virginia, Marcy placed ninth in last year’s nationals. She speaks six languages, is a member of all-American hockey, a championship rugby player, plays Chopin and Mozart on multiple instruments, sleeps only three hours a night, hides in the bathroom cabinet, and is getting very tired of always winning. She is the poster child for the Over-Achieving Asian, and attends a Catholic school called “Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows.” She is also not allowed to cry. C4 – E5

MITCH MAHONEY: 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. E4 – A5

OLIVE OSTROVSKY: 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. B3 – F5

OLIVE’s DAD: A fantasy version of Olive’s dad coming to the bee from work. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch. E4 – B5

OLIVE’s MOM: A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India. Normally played by the actor playing Rona. D4 – E5

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. B3 – F5

WILLIAM BARFEE: 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. E4 – B5


 

For more information contact Professor Gail Steele at 978 630-9162

or at g_steele@mwcc.mass.edu


 Save time when you arrive at auditions! Print and complete our Audition Form in advance.


We are a true community theatre! All Theatre at the Mount auditions are open to anyone, regardless of previous theatre experience.

For more information, or to be added to our mailing list for audition notifications, contact Theatre Director Gail Steele at 978 630-9162 or at g_steele@mwcc.mass.edu.