The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

By Sheinkin/Feldman/Rice/Finn

Directed by Ned O'Reilly

Spirited musical comedy about middle-school kids competing in a spelling bee. The show's roots are in improv and all characters are played by adults. Lots of subversive humor and social commentary.

Produced by Sun Prairie Civic Theatre at Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School (The Old High School), 220 Kroncke Drive, Sun Prairie

Performances: January 25 - February 3, 2019

Performance Times:
Friday Jan 25 7:30 pm, Saturday Jan 26 7:30 pm, Friday Feb 1 7:30 pm, Saturday Feb 2 7:30 pm, Sunday Feb 3 2 pm.

Ticket Prices: TBD

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Sun Prairie Civic Theatre announces auditions for the Drama Desk and Tony Award-Winning musical, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE.

Auditions will be held November 13, 14, and 15 beginning at 6:30 at the SPCT Barn, 550 S. Bird Street in Sun Prairie.

Performances run January 25-26 and February 1-3, 2019 at the Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School in Sun Prairie. Rehearsal will be four to five nights a week, beginning right after Thanksgiving with time off around Christmas and New Year’s. Please be prepared with conflicts.

Auditioners should prepare a 1- to 2-minute section of a Broadway style song. Auditions will also include readings from the script, improvisation, and dance.

Important: While many of the characters are middle-school aged, they are played by adult performers. You should be at least 18 years old to audition.

Please contact director Ned O’Reilly with any questions about the show or the auditions, or if you’re interested in working behind the scenes:, 608-617-4917 (voice or text)

DOUGLAS PANCH: Vice Principal and the guy who reads the words for the bee. Delivers plenty of dry humor. This is a large role where Improv skills are a plus.

In addition, an ENSEMBLE of 2-6 will be cast to play various parents and cameo roles. Singing and dancing will be minimal in these parts.

The following PRIMARY ROLES all need to be strong singers with moderate dancing skills.

RONA LISA PERETTI: Well-liked local realtor and former spelling bee champion, she moderates the bee. Strong Soprano
CHIP TOLENTINO: Last year’s champion, an athlete, and a boy scout, but puberty has hit. Tenor
LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUBENNIERE: Very worldly aware for her young age, but socially and physically awkward. Raised by two dads. Soprano
LEAF CONEYBEAR: Laid back underachiever from a large, hippy family. Goes into a brief trance whenever he spells a word. Baritone/Tenor
WILLIAM BARFEE (and that’s bar-FAY): Plagued by many health issues, he spells his words out first with his magic foot. Tenor
MARCY PARK: The ultimate over-achiever from a parochial school, driven by her family’s goal of excellence in all things. Mezzo-soprano
OLIVE OSTROWVSKY: A quiet, only child of often absent parents, whose best friend is the dictionary. Strong belting soprano
MITCH MAHONEY*: The bee’s comfort counselor, as part of a community service assignment. *May be played by any gender. Strong tenor