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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 6th, 2023 from 6-10PM 

  • Please show up before 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.

  • After we get through all of the songs, we will move to reading sides.

  • Callbacks will be announced by email on the same night as auditions. Callbacks will take place on November 7th, from 6-10PM at the same location. 

  • Callbacks will include singing (if we give you another song from the show to prepare), more side readings, and a short dance call.

Auditions and callbacks location is at Central Auditorium on the second floor. Please enter in the back entrance located off of Reardon Street. There will be signs leading to the audition room. 

305 E Reardon St, Midland, MI 48640 


  1. Please prepare one of the songs from the show that we have selected that you feel best shows your voice and range. Recorded accompaniment is provided 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. You will need to fill out this audition: the audition form.  Please fill this out prior to auditions Have your conflict calendar handy when completing these. Please note! No conflicts are allowed during tech week or for any of the performances. If you do not complete this form before auditions, you will be asked to fill this out on your phone before we can see you.

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



I Love You Song

00:00 / 01:41

I Speak Six Languages

00:00 / 00:41
Panch/ General

25th Annual Putnam...

00:00 / 00:35

Woe is Me

00:00 / 00:36

I Love You Song

00:00 / 01:15

I'm Not that Smart

00:00 / 00:58

Magic Foot

00:00 / 00:52

Prayer of the Comfort..

00:00 / 00:57

My Unfortunate...

00:00 / 00:36

Acting Sides

Side 1

Rona, Olive, Chip, Marcy, Schwarzy, Coneybear, Barfee, Panch

Side 2

Panch, Coneybear

Side 3

Panch, Rona, Marcy, Coneybear, Chip

Side 4

Carl Dad(Coneybear), Dan Dad (Mahoney), Schwarzy, Chip

Side 5
Side 6
Side 7
Side 8

Panch, Marcy, Rona, Chip


Barfee, Chip, Olive

Marcy,  Jesus


Character Breakdown

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