Auditions for “Spelling Bee” Musical at RTG May 10 & 11


RACINE, WI—April 22, 2014—The Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Avenue in Racine, announces open auditions on May 10 and 11 for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the musical that won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Book. “Spelling Bee” will be the first production of RTG’s 77th season, having performances from July 18 to 27.


With book by Rachel Sheinkin and music and lyrics by William Finn, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” centers on six nerdy, adolescent overachievers facing off in the spelling championship of a lifetime. They compete against each other as well as members of the audience. Hostess for the proceedings is a nostalgic former spelling bee winner. The word pronouncer is a last-minute substitute, a mildly insane vice principal. When contestants misspell, they’re escorted off stage by a “comfort counselor,” who is an ex-con completing his community service.


To audition, come to the RTG at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, or 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 11; appointments are not being taken. There are singing roles for nine adults: three men and three women ages 18 to 40, and two men and one woman ages 25 to 60. Kara Ernst is the director. Please prepare a song and bring the sheet music to the audition. An accompanist will be provided. Recordings and unaccompanied singing are not permitted. Auditions will also consist of cold readings. Scripts are available from RTG in advance to view in the lobby or check out of the building with payment of a refundable deposit.


The Racine Theatre Guild is a nonprofit community (amateur) theatre offering a wide range of entertainment and enrichment opportunities year-round. For more information, call the box office at 262-633-4218 between noon and 6 p.m. on weekdays.