Town & Country Players 2017 Season Auditions
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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn
Based on a book by Rachel Sheinkin

Show Dates: September 8, 9, 15,16, 22, 23 at 8:00 PM
September 10 and 17 at 2:00 PM

Auditioners must also be available for Special Benefit dates as follows:
Tues. & Wed., Sept. 12, 13, 19, 20 at 7:30 and Saturday, Sept. 16 at 2:00.
Some of these dates are currently booked.

Rehearsals will begin on June 19th.

Audition Dates and Times:
Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
Monday, May 22, 2017 7:00 - 10:00pm
Walk-ins are welcome at the final hour of the Saturday and Monday auditions.

Callbacks/Conflicts by Invitation Only: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 7:00 - 10:00pm

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, will be performed with live music at our theater in Buckingham, PA. We are seeking an Ethnically Diverse Cast. Appointments can be scheduled by E-mailing Director Alana Caraccio: Gwendyfr@verizon.net. Your audition date and time will be confirmed by returned email. With confirmation, you will also receive audition materials with instructions and forms to bring with you. This production is not AEA Union and offers no remuneration for performances.

MINIMAL AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

Please bring a current headshot/picture, an updated resume, and prepare 32 bars of an up-tempo Broadway or pop song (preferably not from Spelling Bee). Bring sheet music in the appropriate key (no tracks). Readings from the script will be provided. Wear gear appropriate for a dance audition. Dates of conflicts for June 20th through September 24th should be marked on the calendars provided in the audition materials and brought with you.

Notes: If you are called back for the role of Panch or Peretti, you will be asked to do an improvisation at callbacks. In addition, for all who are cast, there will be a $25 refundable fee for the individual rehearsal librettos.

Location:
Auditions & Callbacks

Central Bucks County Senior Center
700 Shady Retreat Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
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Contact Information:
Director: Alana Caraccio Gwendyfr@verizon.net
Producer: Jillian Ambs

Synopsis:

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescent students (played by adults) and four audience volunteers 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 to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake and elimination. Six spellers enter; one speller wins! At least the losers get a juice box.

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful show of comic genius and memorable music; a fast-paced crowd-pleaser and a Broadway Tony Winner.

Character Descriptions:
Roles Available: 5 men and 4 women (ages 16 to Infinity and Beyond)
Cast of Characters:

Chip Tolentino [also plays Jesus]. Sings C4-B5. An athletic, social, boy scout and champion of the 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, he returns to defend his title, but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment. [Jesus Christ as Deity invoked by another speller in need.]

Douglas Panch, 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 a judge. There was an “incident” at the 20th Annual Bee, but he claims to be in “a better place” now, thanks to a change of diet and therapy. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but it is unrequited.

Leaf Coneybear [also plays Carl Dad]. Sings A3-A5. The second runner-up in his district, Leaf gets into the competition as a substitute and finds everything about the Bee incredibly amazing and amusing. He is home-schooled, proud of his home-made clothes, and comes from a large family headed by former hippies. He has severe Attention Deficit Disorder and spells words correctly while in a trance. As Carl Dad, Schwarzy’s main trainer, he is the more intense and competitive of her fathers.

*Leaf’s Mom, Dad, and Siblings. Normally played by all the spellers and audience volunteers as indicated in the script. They are all more academically gifted than Leaf, and are more surprised than he is by his success.

Logainne Schwartzandgrunenierre (Schwartzy). Sings A3-F5. She 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 is determined to be back next year.

Marcy Park. Sings C4-E5. A recent transfer from Virginia, Marcy placed 9th in last year’s nationals. She speaks six languages, is a member of All-American Hockey, a championship rugby player and baton-twirler, likes the “Rocky” theme but plays Mozart on multiple instruments, sleeps only three hours per night, hides in the bathroom cabinet, and is getting very tired of always winning. She is the poster child for the Over-Achieving (Asian) and attends a Catholic school called, “Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows.” She is also not allowed to cry.

Mitch Mahoney Sings G3-D5., the Comfort Counselor [also plays Dan Dad and Olive’s Dad]. From “da hood,” Mitch is performing his court-decreed, Community Service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to losing spellers. He has no idea how to offer comfort, but does wish he could find a way to make the kids feel better. Sings E4-A5. As Dan Dad, he is the more laid-back and ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers. As Olive’s Dad, he is a fantasy version of her absent father coming to the Bee from work.

Olive Ostrovsky. Sings B3-F5. She is a young newcomer to competitive spelling. She is basically alone when at home; her mother is in an Ashram in India, and her father is working late, as usual, but he is trying to arrive sometime during the Bee. Having found comfort in its words and vastness, Olive made friends with her huge family dictionary at a very young age, helping her to make it to this competition. She begins enormously shy, and shyly blossoms.

Rona Lisa Peretti Sings: B3-F5. [also plays Olive’s Mom]. Rona is the #1 realtor in Putnam County, NY; a Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion herself; and the returning moderator. She is a sweet woman who loves children, but she can become very stern when it comes to dealing with Vice Principal Panch and his feelings for her. Her Championship was the defining moment of her life, and it is her unflagging love of the Spelling Bee which drives the competition forward. As Olive’s Mom, she is the fantasy version Olive imagines her mom to be at her Ashram in India.

William Barfee (pronounced Bar-Fay!). Sings E4-B5. A Putnam County Spelling Bee finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts and is back for vindication with a vengeance. 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.




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Town and Country Players One Act Festival
This production is part of our new Signature Series, featuring original one acts from playwrights across the East Coast. These four one acts were chosen after a nationwide call was put out for original work. The shows are being directed by four new directors, being mentored by executive director, Mariel Rosati.

Show Dates: May 19 & 20 at 8:00 PM
May 21 at 2:00 PM



Audition Dates and Times:
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 7:00 - 9:00pm
Location:

Buckingham Township Building
Downstairs Meeting Room
4613 Hughesian Dr
Furlong, PA 18925
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Thursday, March 30, 2017 7:00 - 9:00pm
Location:

Town and Country Players - Holloway Hall
The entrance to Holloway Hall can be found at the back of the building.
4158 York Road, Buckingham, PA
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Auditions are set in an open format. Please arrive between 7 and 7:30 and expect to be there for approximately 90 minutes. RSVP to Mariel Rosati at marielchristine@gmail.com . Your audition date will be confirmed by e-mail and a link that provides sides will be provided. Walk-ins are welcome.

Rehearsals will begin in April. Due to the nature of the One Act Festival, you will be considered for all appropriate roles across the four different plays and may be asked to read multiple times for multiple parts. There will be no double casting.

CASTING: All roles are open and flexible. You need not be the age of the character, but be able to play the age of the character.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: Sides from the show will be provided via email prior to your audition and will also be available during auditions. Sides do not have to be memorized. Please bring a headshot/photograph (the photo will not be returned), your theater resume, and a list of your conflicts from April 1st through May 21st.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please contact Executive Director Mariel Rosati via e-mail at marielchristine@gmail.com.


ABOUT THE PLAYS:


Honky Tonk Queen by Rob Rosiello
Directed by Susan Galli

SYNOPSIS: It’s closing time for the Red Caboose Hotel and Casino— Closing for good. The employees are winding down their final night as a young waitress makes a final play for a piece of Country Music history— a pair of cowboy boots owned by the legendary Patsy Cline. Jenny Lynn Hopper has big dreams and a big voice— And those boots are going to be hers before the night is through if she has anything to say about it! Her fellow employees don’t make it easy for Jenny Lynn as she offers up one last performance on the stage where the Queen of Country Music once performance.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

Jenny Lynn Hopper (female, 21-30): An aspiring country music singer/songwriter with big dreams as she heads off to Nashville; bold and sweet with a great singing voice. Auditioners must prepare 16 bars of their favorite country western song to be sung acapella for the audition.

Diedre Calhoun (female, 50+): Sassy and seasoned bartender at the Red Caboose; sharp wit and doesn’t miss a trick.

Noble Black (male, 30+): A Good Ol’ Southern Boy bartender at the Red Caboose with a smart mouth.



Direct Intervention by Ben Connor
Directed by Carly Price

SYNOPSIS: On the verge of a big decision, aspiring writer Katie invites her friend Ana over to reveal some exciting news from an interested publisher. Katie’s joy, however, is mitigated by the unexpected arrival of her guardian angel. Complete with trench coat, Katie’s cheeky guardian issues a dire warning about the choice she is about to make, as Ana, oblivious, empties glass after glass of wine.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

Katie (female, 27): A former 911 operator who has just finished her first manuscript. She is good-natured and longing for more out of her life, but is easily influenced by others and her own self-doubt.

Ana (female, 40s-50s): A current 911 operator with little regard for others, with the exception of Katie. Has a biting sense of humor and thinks very highly of herself. Speaks as though she is "old money", like she has stepped out of an old Hollywood movie.

Cadmeus (male, 30s-50s): Katie's guardian angel. Very confident, direct, and quick.



Destiny is a Careless Waiter by Julie Zaffarano
Directed by Paul Waldowski

SYNOPSIS: Sean invites Emily to dinner to propose marriage. He brings his grandmother’s engagement ring to the restaurant and instructs the server to place the ring in Emily’s dessert. Justin invites Bria to the same restaurant at the same time, planning to break up with her. When the engagement ring intended for Emily ends up in Bria’s dessert, the chaos begins.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

Bria (Female - 25-35): Very bubbly, savvy with social media and technology, optimistic and outgoing. Gets attached quickly to others and can be high maintenance.

Emily (Female - 25-35): A realist, but romantic. She is grounded, connects well with people, and is observant of others.

Sean (Male - 25-35): Self-absorbed and obtuse. Impatient, insensitive, and unaware of his surroundings. Though he doesn’t have the best qualities, he doesn’t like to hurt others.

Justin (Male - 25-35): Socially conscious, well-read, and works out a lot. He’s confident, has a romantic streak, and tends to see what he wants to see in others.



Imaginary Friends by Jeffrey James Keyes
Directed by Jim Moore

SYNOPSIS:Through three intertwining stories, a familiar theme emerges. Imaginary Friends tells the story of Sascha, Leslie and Alice, who have an intimate discussion about the hauntings of their childhood.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

Sascha (Female 30's): Tells the story of her imaginary friend Meredith through monologue, who may not be as innocent as she seems.

Leslie (Female 20's-30's): Tells the story of her imaginary friends CoCo and Charles through monologue, two chain smoking poker coaches.

Alice (Female 25-40's): Tells the story of her imaginary friend Dr. Tom a very intense orthopedic surgeon through monologue. Must be comfortable remembering/reciting long lists of challenging medical jargon.



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