Hubbard Hall auditioning for ‘Spelling Bee’


CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts in Cambridge is producing the Tony Award-winning "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" in fall 2014 and looking to cast eight strong young actors who can sing and move. Rehearsals begin October 7 and run thereafter Tuesday through Friday from 6:30 to10:30 p.m. and weekends from 12 to 6 p.m. Rehearsal scheduling in the first few weeks can be somewhat flexible. Show previews November 6 and opens November 7 and runs through November 30th, with performances Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is a possibility we will add an additional to to three weekday school tour performances to the schedule, prior to rehearsals starting. Directed by David Andrew Snider; Musical Director Richard Cherry.

Initial auditions are Saturday, July 19 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts (25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 12816) in the Freight Depot Theater. Please prepare a contemporary comedic monologue and two songs from the show or a show of a similar style. Contact David Snider at or 518-677-2495, ext. 313 to schedule an audition if interested.

The following roles are available:

Vice Principal Douglas Panch: After five years’ absence from the Bee, Panch returns as judge. There was an "incident" at the Twentieth Annual Bee, but he claims to be in "a better place" now (or so we think), thanks to a high-fiber diet and Jungian analysis.

Mitch Mahoney: The Official Comfort Counselor. An ex-convict, Mitch is performing his community service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to losing students.

Olive Ostrovsky: A young newcomer to competitive spelling. Her mother is in an ashram in India, and her father is working late, as usual, but he is trying to come sometime during the bee.

William Barfée: A Putnam County Spelling Bee finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts. His famous "Magic Foot" method of spelling has boosted him to spelling glory, even though he only has one working nostril and a touchy personality.

Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre: Logainne is the youngest and most politically aware speller, often making comments about current political figures, with two overbearing gay fathers.

Marcy Park: A recent transfer from Virginia, Marcy placed ninth in last year’s nationals. She speaks six languages, is a member of all-American hockey, sleeps only three hours a night, and is getting very tired of always winning.

Leaf Coneybear: A homeschooler and the second runner-up in his district, Leaf gets into the competition on a lark: the winner and first runner-up had to go to the winner’s Bat Mitzvah.

Charlito "Chip" Tolentino A boy scout and champion of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, he returns to defend his title. Relatively social and athletic (he plays little league and is a boy scout), Chip expects things to come easily but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment.


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