CHIP TOLENTINO - 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Educational Theatre

Ballyhoo Theatre

About the project and the company

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Directed by Shileah Corey

NOTE:  We are casting the character of Chip Tolentino ONLY.

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 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 is the champion! At least the losers get a juice box.


This is tuition based, educational theatre. Tuition is normally $325.00, but will be willing to fully or partially scholarship our Chip.


Ages 13-21 (younger/older with permission). Acceptance is by audition only. Chip is open to all genders. Spelling Bee is rated PG-13.


Rehearsals will be at Edmonds Center for the Arts. Tech/performance venue is The Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds.


All rehearsals and performance will be in person. We will be following all Covid-19 State safety guidelines, and will update them as needed during the process. The safety of our students, creative staff, crew and audiences are paramount.


At Ballyhoo Theatre our focus is education and inclusion. We celebrate people of every gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and ability. We strive, always, to address and maintain a space that works towards anti-racism and DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) and acknowledges when we fall short. We work to create a safe and inclusive space for young performers to be seen and joyously accepted, and to explore, learn and thrive.


Please email with any questions or to request audition forms:

Audition requirements

Video submission. Please email for requirements.

Character breakdown / Project needs
Chip Tolentino
A 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.
Additional information
Preferred method of submission


Audition/Interview dates

As needed

Pay type


Audition location

Edmonds WA

Union Requirements


Website specific to project

Equity Contract