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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Additional Materials by Jay Reiss
Directed by Jeff Wilson
Audition Dates: June 9 at 4pm & June 10 at 7pm
Six middle school misfits are thrown into a cutthroat, high-stakes competition, and P-A-N-D-E-M-O-N-I-U-M takes first place. Welcome to the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, where eccentric adolescents (all played by adults!) get their chance to shine as they vie to prove they are worthy of a shot at “Nationals.” A touching and irreverent coming-of-age comedy with a high-spirited, improvised spelling bee, this Tony Award-winning musical is a laugh-out-loud winner.
Rona Lisa Peretti: Female, 27-39
late 20s–late 30s. Soprano, with a very strong mix. Putnam County’s longtime spelling bee host and also the number one realtor in the county. A former spelling bee champion herself, she loves children but can be stern when necessary. Her interest in the competition is unflagging. Role requires excellent improvisational skills. Strong movement ability is a plus. (Also plays Olive’s Mom.)
Vice Principal Douglas Panch: Male, 30-49
30s-40s. Baritone. Frustrated with life and awaiting a promotion, he returns to the Bee as substitute judge after a five-year absence due to an “incident” at the 20th Annual Bee. Though he finds the young spellers alien to him, he starts the day eager to redeem himself for past mistakes. Also, he is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but she doesn’t return his affections. Role requires excellent improvisational skills. Strong movement ability a plus.
Mitch Mahoney: Male, 27-39
late 20s–30s. Baritenor who can riff well. An ex-convict, Mitch is performing his community service as a “comfort counselor” at the Bee. He’s a tough guy who seems utterly unlikely to be at a spelling bee, or in a musical. Strong movement ability a plus. (Also plays Dan Dad and Olive’s Dad.)
Chip Tolentino: Male, 18+
18+ to play preteen. Tenor. The reigning spelling champion, he expects things to come easy to him. Athletic, social, and a boy scout, he returns to defend his title, but he finds he’s been going through some weird changes that he did not expect. Strong movement ability a plus. (Also plays Jesus.)
Leaf Coneybear: Male, 18+
18+ to play preteen, tenor. A second alternate with a severe inferiority complex, he deals with life by finding things amusing rather than stressful. Homeschooled and from a large family, he has severe attention deficit disorder but somehow achieves a trancelike state that allows him to spell words correctly. Strong movement ability a plus. (Also plays Carl’s Dad.)
Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre: Female, 18+
18+ to play preteen. Alto/belter. The youngest speller, she is incredibly political, keenly aware of her surroundings, and driven by internal and external pressure. She wants to win to make her fathers proud. She is also somewhat of a neat freak and has a lisp. Strong movement ability a plus.
Marcy Park: Female, 18+
18+ to play preteen. Soprano/belter. A recent transfer student who attends Catholic school, Marcy is a quintessential overachiever and comes from a family where excellence is expected. She speaks six languages, is athletic, and plays multiple instruments among her other talents. She keeps her problems to herself and is not allowed to cry. Strong movement ability a plus.
Olive Ostrovsky: Female, 18+
18+ to play preteen. Soprano/high mixed belt to an F. A newcomer to competitive spelling, Olive loves words and spends time alone reading her friend, the dictionary. She’s alone at the Bee, as her mother is in an ashram in India, and her father is working late, as usual. Words bring her comfort and are exciting to her. She starts out enormously shy and begins to blossom. Strong movement ability a plus.
William Barfee: Male, 18+
18+ to play preteen. Baritone. A finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts and is back for vindication. Friendship surprises him today as he relies on his “Magic Foot” method of spelling that boosted him to spelling glory (even though he only has one working nostril and a touchy personality). Strong movement ability a plus.
by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Jeff Battersby
Performance Dates: June 1 & 2, 2019
Saturday 8pm/Sunday 2pm
“The Revolutionists” is part of our CP2 Readers Theatre Series
Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. It’s a true story. Or total fiction. Or a play about a play. Or a raucous resurrection…that ends in a song and a scaffold.
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***REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS WORKSHOP***
“Fundamentals of Acting (Meisner Technique) & Directing for the Stage”
Instructor: Christine Crawfis
Dates: 10 Monday sessions from June 24 – August 26, 2019 (7PM – 10PM)
Students must register for all ten sessions in the series.
Cost: $100 for ten week session (includes texts) – workshop is open to Adults 18 and up only.
By check; Visa, MasterCard, Discover accepted
Fundamentals of Acting (Meisner Technique) & Directing for the Stage is a series of ten (10) sequential skill-based workshop sessions to teach the fundamentals of acting & directing for the stage. Participating actors & directors will learn techniques on how to evoke natural, spontaneous performances. Participants will focus on detailed scene work as well as the practical and technical aspects of directing. The series will culminate in a presentation of monologues and ten-minute plays directed and acted by workshop students; this presentation will be open to the public at no charge. Previous training is not required.
The Meisner approach is for any artist, whether this is your very first acting class, or even if you’ve been in the industry for years. Utilizing a series of progressive exercises, participants will learn to trust their own instincts and live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Meisner discovered that listening and responding in the present moment is the most important thing an actor can learn. However, the actor’s self-consciousness works against him/her and causes the actor’s focus to remain on the self, rendering the scene dead.
Through a series of exercises, the actor can learn to shift his/her focus to what is happening in the world around them. The actor can then begin to work-off and truthfully react to what is actually happening, creating spontaneous and authentic life. Using the Meisner tools, participants will work to apply the technique to real-world scenarios, utilizing all areas of the acting/directing process.
Led by instructor Christine Crawfis, this workshop series fulfills County Players’ mission “To delight, educate, and challenge the community and to nurture creative expression, through theatre and the performing arts of the highest quality.”
The workshop is offered over ten Monday sessions from June 24 to August 26, 2019, from 7PM – 10PM. Students must register for all ten sessions in the series, and all sessions will be held at The County Players Falls Theatre, 2681 West Main, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.
The cost for the ten-week workshop is $100 and includes scripts and texts, and is open to Adults 18 and up only. Class size is limited; so please register early to secure your place.
Register online by using your MasterCard, VISA or Discover Card.
Or send a check to: County Players, ATTN: Directing Workshop, 2681 West Main Street, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
If you require wheelchair accessibility, please contact our Box Office prior to registration at 845-298-1491.
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Directed by Jeff Wilson
May 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 2019
A parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s, the story concerns a middle-aged, musical theatre fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage. The plot incorporates mistaken identities, dream sequences, spit takes, an unflappable English butler, an absent-minded dowager, a Broadway impresario, comic gangsters, a ditzy chorine, a harried best man, and a “Drowsy” (i.e. “tipsy”) Chaperone, played in the show-within-a-show by a blowzy Grande Dame of the Stage. The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at the musical theatre genre.
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Moonlight and Magnolias
Directed by Michael J. Frohnhoefer
Audition Dates: May 5 & 6 at 7pm
The year is 1939 and David O. Selznick is making the mother of all movies, Gone with the Wind. The cast is in place and cameras are rolling. There’s just one problem— Selznick doesn’t have a script yet. So he locks himself, director Victor Fleming and script doctor Ben Hecht in a room with little more than peanuts, bananas, and a typewriter, and they proceed to reenact the saga of Scarlett and Rhett. Only this is Scarlett and Rhett like you’ve never seen before! This rip-roaring farce is a hilarious homage to the men behind an American movie classic.
3 men, 1 woman
DAVID O. SELZNICK – Big time movie producer. Married to the daughter of the famed head of MGM, Louis B. Mayer. Haunted by the failures of his father in the film industry. He buys the rights to the successful book “Gone With The Wind” to make into the greatest epic ever! This film will make him the greatest ever or bury him. “He’s got to have this film!” Neurotic. Real hustler. Does not take “NO” for an answer.
BEN HECHT – Famous screenwriter , Ex journalist from Chicago. very committed to pro Jewish issues. . Hired to rewrite the script of “Gone With The Wind”. However, he has never read the book and believes this film is doomed. A voice of consciousness. Butts heads with the new director, Victor Fleming. Sarcastic
VICTOR FLEMING – Famous director, womanizer, blowhard but really a bit insecure underneath. Directed ‘’Gone With The Wind”, “Wizard Of Oz”. Started out as a mechanic and limo driver and is constantly afraid he will end up back where he started. He actually changed how films were shot with cameras moving during filming.
MRS. POPPENGHUL – David O. Selznick’s long time dutiful assistant. She takes care of the never ending supply of peanuts and banana. How many ways can you say, ‘’Yes Mr. Selznick”? Improv ability. This part will be much larger than appears in the script.