Auditions for ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ starts Sunday
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The Ocoee Theatre Guild (OTG) will be casting approximately 12 singers/actors, ages young adult to mature adult, in a variety of roles for its upcoming production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on July 20 at 2:30 p.m., and July 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. at Ocoee Middle School, 2250 N. Ocoee Street, Cleveland. Musicians skilled on the cello, reed, percussion and synthesizer instruments are especially encouraged to audition.

The “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a Tony Award-winning show which follows six adolescents (played by adults), each with their own idiosyncrasies, in their quest to win the spelling championship, with a spelling bee panel determined to find a winner. This show brings together a very unusual cast of characters where the spelling bee might be the place where anyone can shine.

As the show unfolds, however, the contestants learn “that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser,” according to Candy Tapper, president of the Ocoee Theatre Guild.

The hilarity of this production is heightened by casting adults in all the roles and the commandeering of four unsuspecting, but willing, audience members at each performance to fill coveted spots in the spelling bee, says Tapper.

The cast is given songs with clever lyrics and a script with humorous dialogue leading to lots of improvisational comedy. The audience participants contribute to the comedy and blend right into the show.

Tapper said prospective cast members do not need theatrical experience, but preparing a song that shows abilities and strengths would be helpful. The show will be directed by James Marler, an accomplished composer trained at New York University, with extensive work in musical productions. In addition to actors, Marler said he needs accomplished musicians to fill orchestra positions.

Rehearsals for the show are scheduled to begin the last week of July. The majority of rehearsals will take place at North Lee Elementary School near Bradley Square Mall and are tentatively scheduled for Monday through Thursday evenings.

A finalized schedule will be available after casting. Potential show participants should submit a list of any foreseeable conflicts at the auditions to help with finalizing the schedule.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be presented Sept. 12-14 and 19-21 at The Venue Creekside located on Inman Street behind Village Green Center in Cleveland.

For further information on auditions and volunteering to work with the Ocoee Theatre Guild, visit