Auditions for Leawood Stage Company Productions of “Drowsy Chaperone” & “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
When: Saturday, March 7, 2020 Sunday, March 8, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday 1:00 – 5:00 pm Sunday Applications will be accepted up to 4:30 each day.
Where: Leawood City Hall, Oak Room 4800 Town Center Drive Leawood, KS 66211
What: Bring a headshot and resume if available. Audition forms will be provided or you can print and fill it out in advance here.
Contact: Holly York Cultural Arts Coordinator (913) 663-9157
Calling all actors, singers, and dancers! The Leawood Stage Company will hold auditions for two musicals, The Drowsy Chaperone directed by Kevin Bogan, and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee directed by Chad Burris on Saturday, March 7th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, March 8th from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Oak Room on the lower level of Leawood City Hall. Auditioners should enter through the north doors of the building. Audition applications will be accepted 30 minutes prior to the end of each time period.
Drawing on letters, diaries, firsthand accounts and the words of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Walt Whitman, The Civil War is a thrilling and awe-inspiring "dramatic theatrical concert." The original Broadway production was nominated for multiple Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and features an unforgettable score filled with Gospel, Country, Rock and Folk by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Dracula, and Bonnie & Clyde).
Callbacks for each show will be held by invitation only. Everyone auditioning must prepare 16 measures of a song from a musical. Please bring sheet music in your key, as an accompanist will be provided. Auditioners should also be prepared to participate in a short dance/movement audition: comfortable dress and shoes are suggested.
Bring a photo and resume if available. No appointment time is necessary, as auditions are first come, first served.
If you cannot attend auditions, video or YouTube auditions will be accepted. Please contact Holly York at least one week prior to the audition weekend to make arrangements. For conflicts, please email email@example.com.
The Drowsy Chaperone – July 9, 10, 11, 12 & 16, 17, 18 at the Ironwoods Park Amphitheater. The Drowsy Chaperone comes to life as a man in a chair puts on his favorite record of a fictitious 1928 musical.
Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical. The show features two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone.
Hailed by New York Magazine as "The Perfect Broadway Musical," The Drowsy Chaperone will be a delightful production of madcap fun.
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – October 15, 16, 17, 18 & 22, 23, 24, 25 at Avila University. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will charm audiences with its effortless wit and humor. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, A fast-paced crowd pleaser will be a hit.
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.
Leawood Stage Company has focused on family fun for 21 years and we encourage you to be part of this fabulous community theatre experience. We encourage performers of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, ability levels, and experience to audition. Please visit www.leawoodstageco.org for show descriptions, character breakdowns, rehearsal dates and downloadable applications.
Additional opportunities for stage crew, staff, and volunteers are available for all three shows. For more information, contact Holly York at the City of Leawood, 913-663-9157, or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Character break down
Drowsy Chaperone Character Breakdown
Man In Chair
Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the show as he listens to the record on vinyl.
Gender: male, Age: 30 to 50
The air-headed, proper, and bossy host of the wedding.
Gender: female, Age: 50 to 60
Vocal range top: Db5, Vocal range bottom: G3
Mrs. Tottendale's savvy butler who is thrifty and stiff yet has an understated sense of humor.
Gender: male, Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: Ab2
The dashing, ever-cheerful groom; played by matinee-idol Percy Hyman.
Gender: male, Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: Ab4, Vocal range bottom: C3
Robert's anxious, dim-witted best man who has Robert's best-interest always at heart.
Gender: male, Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: Bb4, Vocal range bottom: F3
Broadway producer who is desperate for his star to return to his show; played by Jack Adler.
Gender: male, Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: Db4, Vocal range bottom: Db3
Feldzieg's dim-witted companion who has hopes of being a star; played by Sadie Adler.
Gender: female, Age: 25 to 30
Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Posing as pastry chefs, this duo is intending to collect from Feldzieg; played by the vaudeville duo Tall Brothers.
Gender: male, Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: Gb4, Vocal range bottom: Db3
European self-proclaimed "ladies man"; played by former silent movie star Roman Bartelli.
Gender: male, Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: A#2
Janet Van De Graaf
The famous bride. Glamorous and talented star of Feldzieg's Follies; played by rising star Jane Roberts.
Gender: female, Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: -1, Vocal range bottom: G3
The Drowsy Chaperone
Janet's alcoholic confidante and friend; played by well-established stage actress Beatrice Stockwell
Gender: female, Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: F3
The brave and brash female aviator who, by chance, is recruited to perform the wedding.
Gender: female, Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: Eb5, Vocal range bottom: Ab3
Staff and Reporters
Spelling Bee Character Breakdown
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.
Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Schwarzy's main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy's fathers. Normally played by actor playing Leaf.
the more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy's fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.
Deity invoked by a speller in need. Normally played by the actor playing Chip.
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.
A fantasy version of Olive's dad coming to the bee from work. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.
A fantasy version of Olive's mom at her Ashram in India. Normally played by the actor playing Rona.