Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE AUDITIONS - Theatre Harrisburg
spellingbee playbill


Director: Tom Hostetter
Music Director: Mitchell Sensenig-Wilshire
Choreographer: Kelly Strange
Stage Manager: Mark Shelleman

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 (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.


Seeking a multi-generational, diverse cast for this fast-paced and hilarious show. All actors age 15 and up are welcome and encouraged to audition. All roles may be played by actors of any identity who can sing the voice part listed in the character description.

Please review the breakdown of roles and prepare to audition for the one that speaks to you the most.

Audition Requirements:

  1. Please prepare 32 bars of music from a song in a similar style to the show that best shows your voice and range. Legible sheet music must be provided for the rehearsal pianist/music director. Recorded accompaniment or a cappella auditions are not allowed. A reading will be provided. Please wear or bring appropriate clothes and shoes for the dance portion of the audition. If you are invited to call backs, music cuts and sides from the show will be provided. 
  2. There are two forms you will need to fill out for this audition: the Theatre Harrisburg audition form and the SPELLING BEE supplemental audition form. You may print and complete them ahead of the audition to save time. Have your conflict calendar handy when completing these. Please note! No conflicts are allowed during tech week or for any of the performances. 
  3. If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian will need to also sign your audition form. 
  4. Please bring proof of COVID vaccination status for us to view: we do not need to make or keep a copy.

Theatre Harrisburg is committed to identity-conscious casting.


Callbacks will be held on Sunday, March 26, 2023 by invitation only.

Reach out to [email protected] with questions.


Auditions are by sign-up ONLY. Please sign up through the following form:



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