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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Auditions

February 22nd - March 3rd 2024 | Creative 360

Director: Bill Anderson Jr.
Music Director: Christian Heintzelman
Choreographer: Megan Krause Meyer
Stage Manager: Trinity Novak

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.

Audition Date and location

Open call auditions: November 20th, 2023 from 6-9PM 

  • Please show up at 6 PM. We will call people in to sing in order of appearance. If you have conflicts, please email us and we can try to accommodate, but it is not guaranteed.

  • Dance auditions will begin once all singers have been seen. (Roughly around 7:30PM)

  • Callbacks will be announced by email the same night as auditions. Callbacks will take place on November 21st, afrom 6-9PM at the same location. 

Auditions will be held in The Friction Theatre's space at the Midland Arts Collective Venue

1403 Washington Street

Midland MI, 48640


  1. Please prepare 32 bars of music from a song in a similar style to the show that best shows your voice and range. Recorded accompaniment is required for this audition. Acappella auditions are not allowed, there will be no live pianist for this audition. Please wear or bring appropriate clothes and shoes for the dance portion of the audition. If you are invited to callbacks, 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 audition form.  You may print and complete them ahead of the audition to save time, fill it out on your computer and email it to us at, or you can fill it out at auditions.   Have your conflict calendar handy when completing these. Please note! No conflicts are allowed during tech week or for any of the performances. 

  3. You must be 18 years or older to audition for The Friction Theatre


Character Breakdown

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