Auditions for 3 roles in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Twelfth Night Productions

About the project and the company

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! At least the losers get a juice box.

Location of Audition

Admiral Church- 4320 SW Hill St, Seattle 98116.

Other details

Roles open are: Chip Tolentino, William Barfee and Marcy Parks
Open to gender blind casting.
Seeking performers who are quick on their feet and can adapt to improv-style environments.
Also looking for strong musicians.


Vaccinations are now required for all performers eligible for a COVID vaccine. All actors that audition for TNP productions will be asked for their vaccination status on audition forms. All vaccine-eligible people who are cast and hired for TNP productions must show proof of vaccination prior to the start of rehearsal or first day of work. This is to protect all others involved in the productions.


All cast members will be required to be masked via face masks, shields, bandannas or scarfs during all rehearsals. Masks and face shields can be provided on request by TNP. All actors will be required to wear masks backstage when they are not performing. At this time, we do not plan to wear masks or shields during adult performances.

Audition requirements

Email Valerie Reid for an appointment. Please specify which role(s) you would like to audition for and audition pieces will be given accordingly. Please prepare the sides given, you do not need to be off book. Accompanist will be provided. Be prepared for modifications and adjustments to be given in the room since we are not having callbacks. Bring your headshot and current resume with you to the auditions. Please also bring a list of conflicts with you to the auditions for the audition form. Must have an appointment.

Character breakdown / Project needs
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. (Doubles as Jesus Christ)
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.
Marcy Park
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.
Additional information
Preferred method of submission


Audition/Interview dates

December 4, 2021 11am-3pm

Pay type


Audition location

West Seattle West Seattle

Pay type

$65 $65

Submission instructions

Email Valerie Reid for an appointment

Union Requirements


Equity Contract