Auditions - Saturday, August 7 and Sunday, August 8, 2021
Show - November 4 - 7 and 11 - 14, 2021
A riotous ride, complete with audience participation!
Calling all actors and singers!
The Leawood Stage Company will hold auditions for a Broadway musical, The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, directed by Breanna Danielle Swatzell on Saturday, August 7th Noon to 4:00 pm and Sunday, August 8th 1:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Call backs 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.
If you auditioned for this production in 2020, we ask that you audition again. Bring a photo and resume if available.
If you cannot attend auditions, video or YouTube auditions will be accepted. Please contact us at least one day prior to the audition weekend. Fill out the audition form and email it with your video link to [email protected]
Rehearsals for this production will begin on September 27th and will run Sunday through Thursday evenings.
With a long resume of directing experience, Leawood Stage Company is delighted to welcome Breanna Danielle Swatzell and her team for her first time directing for the company. Swatzell is no stranger to LSC as she has been seen frequently on our stage. She is a Professor of Theatre.
Saturday, August 7, 12-4pm
Sunday, August 8, 2021, 1-4pm
Bernadette Ferraro (MD) lives in Kansas City, KS with her husband and beagles where she has taught elementary music for 5 years. Bernadette grew up with a love for musicals and community theater. She’s performed in many productions with the River City Community Players and Shockey Productions. She loves to sing, spend time with her family, go to dog parks, and play video games.
Kyle Tarvin (Director/Choreographer) I have choreographed at least 20 shows, including Mamma Mia, Newsies, Annie, and Oklahoma. I have worked with casts ranging from 10 to 102 people, and I have even choreographed for a side-saddle horse-riding competition! I have also taught youth theater classes and directed several youth productions. II love working in community theater, I find it immensely rewarding to take a group of people who swear they can’t dance from hating and fearing choreography to feeling proud that they accomplished what they swore they would never be able to do.
Heidi Keith (Stage Manager) grew up in community theatre and loves being part of the family. She lives by the words, “do more of what makes you happy.” That’s what brought her here! Heidi’s hobbies include reading, puzzles, crafting, chicken tending, and problem solving.
G. Leayn Losh (Accompanist) presently teaches choir, theater and coaches debate at Rosedale Middle School in KCKSPS. She has been involved in musical theater for over 30 years. Some of her favorites Nonsense, The Wiz, Nunsense, Godspell, Into the Woods, all of the Jr. Shows, and Grease! Leayn owns her own production company Musical Theatrical Studios and teaches private piano and voice at GLL Studios. She is very excited to work with Leawood again. It is always a great time!!
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.
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.