COLTON - Sunday Rock Legacy will be holding auditions for its performance of the Tony Award-winning musical 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 17 at the Colton-Pierrepont Central School auditorium.
Kimberly Busch, vocal music director at Canton Central, is the director for this musical event. Interested singers/actors, ages 16 and older, should prepare 16-32 bars of a song from a Broadway repertoire that best represents their vocal range.
There will also be a cold read from the script. Call backs will be from noon to 2 p.m. on May 18.
The musical is about 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 life, the tweens spell their way through a series of words hoping to never hear the soul crushing, pout inducing, life un-affirming ding of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves!
The cast of contestants are: Chip Tolentino, the reigning champ; Logainne Schwartzandgrubinniere, an overachiever; Leaf Coneybear, a home-schooled boy with wandering attention; William Barfee, a boy who spells with the help of his Magic Foot; Marcy Park, the ultimate overachiever who speaks six languages; Olive Ostrovsky, a lonely little girl; and four contestants who will be chosen from the audience. The adults who run the spelling bee are Rona Lisa Peretti, a long-time spelling bee hostess, local realtor, and 3rd Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion, and Vice Principal Douglas Panch, a frustrated administrator of Lake Hemingway Dos Passos Junior High School.
An interesting aspect of the musical is that people from the audience are selected to be on stage and take part in the spelling bee!
Sunday Rock Legacy is a unique partnership of the Colton Historical Society, the Colton-Pierrepont Central School and Grasse River Players, is celebrating one room school houses this year.
Other events are Pratt Falls Mystery Dinner Theatre at Mikes South of the Rock Inn on May 13, SchoolDay Cabaret on June 20 at the Zion Episcopal Church, Colton, and the opening of the One Room School House Exhibits at the Colton Historical Museum. This year SRL has received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. It has licensed use of Spelling Bee through Music Theatre International (MTI).