Auditions for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Auditions are January 8th and 9th, 2019, with callbacks on the 10th. All times are 6-8. at the Captain Isaac Paine School, 160 Foster Center Rd., Foster, RI.

Show dates will be April 26-28, and May 3-5. (more info)

Role are available for ages 16 plus. Auditions will include singing, cold reading, and possibly improv. Also prepare 16 bars from a Broadway show. Callbacks will deal with the title song.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

CHIP TOLENTINO
An athletic, social, boy scout and champion of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, he returns to defend his title, but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment. Vocal Range: C3-B4.

LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUBENIERE
Logainne is the youngest and most politically aware speller, often making comments about current political figures. She is driven by internal and external pressure, but above all by a desire to win to make her two fathers proud. She is somewhat of a neat freak, speaks with a lisp, and will be back next year. Vocal Range: A3-F5.

LEAF CONEYBEAR
The second runner-up in his district, Leaf gets into the competition on a lark and finds everything about the bee incredibly amusing. He is home-schooled and comes from a large family of former hippies. He has severe Attention Deficit Disorder and spells words correctly while in a trance. Vocal Range: A2-A4.

WILLIAM BARFEE
A Putnam County Spelling Bee finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts and is back for vindication. His famous “Magic Foot” method of spelling has boosted him to spelling glory, even though he only has one working nostril and a touchy, bullying personality. He develops a crush on Olive. Vocal Range: E2-B4.

MARCY PARK
The ultimate over-achiever, Marcy has never been given another option. She comes from a family where excellence is expected and so simply produced. A parochial school student, she assumes God, too, expects perfection. She sees herself as a mass of problems but she keeps them to herself. Having moved often because of her parents’ work, she knows she can beat the local competition. Her many talents include piano, dance, martial arts, baton twirling, and/or whatever special gifts you can find in your casting pool. Vocal Range: C4-E5.

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. Having found comfort in its words and vastness, Olive made friends with her dictionary at a very young age, helping her to make it to the competition. She starts enormously shy, and shyly blossoms. Vocal Range: B3-F5.

RONA LISA PERETTI
The number-one realtor in Putnam County, a former Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion herself, and the returning moderator. She is a sweet woman who loves children, but she can be very stern when it comes to dealing with Vice Principal Panch and his feelings for her. Her interest in the competition is unflagging and drives it forward. Vocal Range: B3-F5.

DOUGLAS PANCH
The Vice Principal. Frustrated with his life, he finds the drive of the young spellers alien to him. 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, thanks to a high-fiber diet and Jungian analysis. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but she does not return his affections.

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. He has no idea how to offer comfort, but does find himself wishing he could find a way to make the kids feel better.

Audition form

THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Foster Idol 2018 Auditions

Get those voices warmed up for your big break!

Auditions for Foster Idol are scheduled for Friday, July 13 from 5-8 and Saturday, July 14 from 4-6. You can compete for the Creative Memories Jr. Idol (ages 15 and younger) or the Foster Idol (open to any age.)

You should bring one song that shows off your voice at the auditions. You can sing a cappella, with your own accompaniment, or with a CD or mp3 track.

The competition will be at Foster Old Home Days, July 28-30. Stop by at our Swamp Meadow Community Theatre booth and enter our raffle to win a Fitbit. Meet some of our members, and learn about all the creative and fun opportunities there are in YOUR community theatre!.

Be sure to check our website in case of any changes

Auditions for Shrek the Musical, Jr

Swamp Meadow Community Theatre’s Summer Children’s Theatre is pleased to announce auditions for our summer show!

Shrek The Musical, Jr will run Wednesday, August 1 to Sunday, August 5, 2018.
Auditions are Tuesday, May 8, and Wednesday, May 9, 6-9 pm. Callbacks Monday, May 14, 6-9 pm

Please come prepared with 16-32 bars of a musical that best showcases your voice, and bring an mp3 sample on CD, phone, or be prepared a capella.

Audition sides are available here.

Please email our director: email hidden; JavaScript is required with any questions or for more information.

All roles are open and available, please see director’s notes for each part:

Storytellers (Gender: any; Age: 10+ Vocals:decent)
Wonderful roles for performers with natural stage presence and big, clear voices. These characters are important for setting up the world and moving the story forward, s bold, and energetic young actors.

Shrek (Gender: any; Age: 14+; Vocals:a strong tenor/bass)
He may be a big, scary, green ogre to the rest of the world, but as the story reveals, he’s really just a big fellow with a big heart. It is great if Shrek is a solid singer, but most importantly, a young actor who is an excellent actor with comedic chops.

Fiona (Gender: female; Age: 14+; Vocals:a very strong soprano)
She may appear to be an ideal princess straight from the fairy tale books, but there is more to her than that stereotypical image. She is an audacious young lady with a wonderful sense of humor and – surprisingly – manners akin to those of a teenage boy. A girl who can do it all: act, sing, and dance. This is a premier role for a natural performer with a lovable spirit.

Young Fiona (Gender: female; Age: 6+; Vocals: a good,alto)
Young Fiona is a younger version of Fiona and should have solid singing voices.

Teen Fiona (Gender: female; Age: 10+; Vocals: a good,alto/soprano)
Teen Fiona is a younger version of Fiona and should have solid singing voices.

Lord Farquaad (Gender: male; Age: 13+; Vocals: good)
A very short man with gargantuan ambition! He is solely interested in gaining as much power as possible. This is a role for a good singer, but most importantly, your very best comedian who isn’t afraid of making bold choices or looking silly.

Donkey (Gender: any; Age: any; Vocals: strong)
A brash, loud, fast-talking animal with no concept of “quiet time.” An experienced performer who can sing well and has a whole lot of presence and character.Complements Shrek well as his loyal and ever-faithful sidekick.

Dragon (Gender: female; Age: 14+; Vocals:a strong soul/pop singer)
A breakout role for a young girl with a lot of soul and spunk. She is a ferocious fire-breathing dragon but finds a surprising love in Donkey. Tremendous presence and a good pop singing voice.

Mama Ogre (Gender: female; Age: 10+; Vocals: wide range “belting”) Good roles for a dynamic duo that can kick off the show with a lot of energy and presence.
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Papa Ogre (Gender: male; Age: 10+; Vocals: wide range “belting”)
Good roles for a dynamic duo that can kick off the show with a lot of energy and presence. Make sure to cast good singers.
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Little Ogre (Gender: male; Age: 6-7; Vocals:N/A)
A role just right for a smaller, younger performer who is new to the stage. He may not have lines but he is very important to the storytelling.

Pinocchio (Gender: any; Age: 14+; Vocals: good singing/character voice) The wooden boy who cannot tell a lie without being belied by his growing nose. Pinocchio begins in a sour mood about his second-class status but ends the story as a natural leader among the Fairy Tale Creatures.

The Three Little Pigs (Gender: Verys; Age: 9+; Vocals: decent vocals)
Pig 1, Pig 2 And Pig 3. The classic three little pigs with a German twist. It isn’t necessary that they look identical; focus on finding a fun and dynamic trio.

Ugly Duckling (Gender: any; Age: 6+; Vocals: decent vocals)
He may be bitter about his unfortunate appearance, but he does find camaraderie among his fellow fairy tale outcasts. This is a fun comedic role for a new performer.

The Three Bears (Gender: Any; Age: 6+; Vocals: good vocals)
Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear. Great cameo roles for young performers who have little performing experience but make a complementary group.
Vocal range top: C4
Vocal range bottom: D3

Wicked Witch (Gender: female; Age: 9+; Vocals: big and loud singing voice)
A great role for a young performer destined to be a character actress. She has a big personality.

Big Bad Wolf (Gender: Any; Age: 10+; Vocals: big and loud singing voice)
Doesn’t need to be a scary, threatening big-bad-wolf type. At this point, a pretty tame wolf who is reduced to wearing Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother’s dressing gown. This is a fun role for a newcomer to the stage.

Gingy (Gender: Any; Age: 10+; Vocals: good vocals)
A great cameo role for a young performer who is as earnest as can be. Gingy is based on the Gingerbread Man who runs away like a fugitive from his baking captors. A performer with great energy.

Peter Pan (Gender: Any; Age: 12+; Vocals: decent vocals)
The boy who never grew up, and he continues to act the part in this story)

Captain Of The Guard (Gender: Any; Age: 12+; Vocals:big and loud)
This role is just right for an actor with some inherent strength and authority. He or she doesn’t have to have a lot of stage experience but, have a big, booming voice and who isn’t scared to put all the Fairy Tale Creatures in their place.

Knights (Gender: Any; Age: 10+; Vocals: big singers)
The Dragon’s background singers who all tried at some point to save Fiona from her tower but were held hostage by the Dragon.Young performers who can sing well and have some soul just like the Dragon.

Dwarf (Gender: Male; Age: 8+; Vocals:decent vocals)
Farquaad’s comparably short and grumpy father. This is a perfect cameo role for a young performer.

Ensemble (The Guards, Duloc Performers, Puss in Boots, Rooster, Pied Piper, Rats and the Bishop. Ensemble roles like Birds, Trees, Deer, Woodland Creatures and Fairy Tale Creatures) Gender: any; Age 6+: Vocals: decent
The Fairy Tale Creatures make up the heart of the show. These characters are taken from the story books but have a bit of a comedic twist. A diverse group of kids with lots of personality and different strengths. Proficient singers but most importantly, great actors. Other standout ensemble roles include: The Guards, Duloc Performers, Puss in Boots, Rooster, Pied Piper, Rats and the Bishop. Ensemble roles like Birds, Trees, Deer, Woodland Creatures and Fairy Tale Creatures help make up the backbone of the musical.

Auditions for Foster Follies 2018

It’s that time again! Do YOU have what it takes to perform in SMCT’s annual Foster Follies?

Auditions take place Saturday, January 20th in Foster at the Benjamin Eddy Building (6 South Killingly Rd), from 11:30-3:00.

We would love to see some dance groups, magicians, comedians, contortionists, musicians, singers, skits, anything at all — what’s your talent? Join us and be a part of one of Foster’s best events — the Foster Follies! See you on auditions day! Any music accompaniment can be brought on a CD or flash drive.

The Follies date for this year is March Friday, March 23rd, with a soundcheck Thursday, March 22nd.

Audition for Charlie Brown

Auditions are January 9 & 10, 2018, 6pm to 9pm, at Captain Isaac Paine School (160 Foster Center Road, Foster) with callbacks on January 11.
Performances are April 27, 28, 29 & May 4, 5, 6 2018.

Everyone will be asked to sing sections of HAPPINESS and THE BOOK REPORT OF PETER RABBIT as well as reading from the script for their desired character. LEAD CHARACTERS will be asked to prepare one other song in addition.

Audition Pieces are available here.

All characters will have spoken and singing lines and will be involved in some dancing and movement.

Lead Characters

Adults or teens (ages 12+)

Charlie Brown is the lovable loser, and also the protagonist of Peanuts. He’s a dreamer, but very insecure and self-conscious. He’s the manager of the Peanuts Gang’s baseball game, and everyone on the team believes that they will never win. Charlie Brown also has a huge crush on the little red-haired girl as he calls her, but has never had the guts to talk to her.
Lucy Van Pelt is the older sister of Linus and Rerun. She is known for her bossy attitude , and crabbiness. She has a psychiatrist booth where Charlie Brown gets advice. She is also known to be in love with Schroeder.  She always pulls the football (and other opportunities) away from Charlie Brown.
Linus Van Pelt is the best friend of Charlie Brown and Lucy’s little brother. He has the bad habits of sucking his thumb and taking his beloved blanket wherever he goes. He is also the love interest of Sally, yet he shows no affection for her. In “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown,” he crushes on his own teacher, Ms. Othmar, who breaks his heart on Valentine’s Day. Linus also is the older brother of Rerun.
Sally Brown is the younger sister of Charlie Brown. She’s always going by different philosophies. She is known for being in love with Linus, and calling him her ” Sweet Baboo.” Sally has problems with speech and writing, and tends to get what people say mixed up with something similar-sounding. She also seems to be frustrated a lot. She doesn’t have much of an interest for sports, and is one of the few people who doesn’t play on Charlie Brown’s team.
Schroeder is known for always playing a toy piano, and looks up to Beethoven as his hero. He is constantly playing, and usually gets interrupted by Lucy, who is in love with him. Most of the time he ignores her, and sometimes he will even pull his piano out from under her and leave. He also plays catcher on Charlie Brown’s baseball team. Schroeder has never played on a real piano.
Snoopy is the loving dog of Charlie Brown, who is usually frustrated with him, saying he wishes that Snoopy would just act like a normal dog. Snoopy lays on top of his dog house. He also uses his doghouse as an airplane, pretending to be a flying ace, and attacking the Red Baron. Woodstock is his best friend. Everybody else in the Peanuts Gang adores Snoopy, except Lucy, who gets aggravated.

ENSEMBLE

Adults or children (ages 10+)

Pig-Pen is known as the dirty character in the Peanuts Gang. Everyone usually stays away from him because he is always followed by a cloud of dust that makes the others cough. His real name was never mentioned.
Marcie Johnson is Peppermint Patty’s best friend, and is always following her around. She tends to call Patty “Sir,” which makes Peppermint Patty mad, and always calls Charlie Brown “Charles.” Marcie is a bookworm, but seems to do nearly everything wrong. She also has a crush on Charlie Brown like Patty.
Violet Gray is one of the mean girls in the Peanuts Gang, and is good friends with Lucy. She is always making fun of Charlie Brown. She is known to be a snob because both of her parents are college graduates. She also makes fun of the other characters, like Linus with his blanket, and Pig-Pen being dirty.
Rerun Van Pelt is the younger brother of Linus and Lucy. Rerun is just a nickname, since Lucy said that watching her younger brother was like watching reruns on television, though his real name was never mentioned.
Frieda is the girl who is known for her naturally curly hair. She is extremely proud of it, and is often fixing it. She is the only person on Charlie Brown’s baseball team RF who doesn’t wear a cap because she doesn’t want to mess up her.
Shermie is the nickname Charlie Brown gives him, for his real name is Sherman. He barely appeared in any specials or episodes, but only in the comic strip, and was one of the first main characters.
Peppermint Patty is the outgoing tomboy of the Peanuts Gang. She is always calling Charlie Brown “Chuck,” and has a crush on him, but always makes it seem like he is flirting with her. She has never got the concept that Snoopy was a dog, and his always calling him, ” the funny-looking kid with the big nose.”She seems fearless, but there are times when she’s insecure.
Franklin Armstrong is one of the only African American characters in the Peanuts Gang. He is also on Charlie Brown’s baseball team and plays center-field. He met Charlie Brown on the beach and told him his father was in Vietnam in the war.
Woodstock and Friends (6)
Accepting auditions by children (6-12 year-old)Woodstock is the best friend of Snoopy, and is the lovable yellow sparrow. He and Snoopy are always on adventures. We will have 6 of them. They will also play Rabbits/Ball Players/Waiters.
Dancers

As a Kite(s), As Blankets, As Waiters, As a Chorus Line + More

Auditions for Tending to Grace

Swamp Meadow Community Theatre is proud to be producing a new adaptation of Kimberly Newton Fusco’s young adult novel, Tending to Grace. Auditions are August 11, 6-9 pm and August 12, 2-5 pm, with callbacks August 14, 6-9 pm, at the Eddy Building in Foster.

We are looking for actors who can explore the range emotions found in this dramatic play. Ages 8 to adult are needed. If you are interested in auditioning, it is recommended that you read the novel to get a good understanding of the characters.

Rehearsals will be on Tuesday and Thursday evening. Show dates are November 10 to 18.

Audition descriptions

(Character ages are what we are playing them in the production. Some minor roles could be played by the same actor.)

Cornelia – sensitive, withdrawn girl, 14 yrs. old, has had a tough life with her mom and boyfriend, people think she’s a dimwit because she stutters, but she’s very bright (435 lines)

Teacher – woman or man, any age (1 line)

Allison – 14 yr. old girl, Cornelia’s classmate (3 lines)

Sam – 14 yr. old boy, Cornelia’s classmate (4 lines)

Betsy – 14 yr. old girl, Cornelia’s classmate (4 lines)

Lenore – fragile woman in her 30’s, smokes & drinks, Cornelia’s mom, can’t take care of her daughter (30 lines)

Joe – irresponsible, selfish man in his 30’s, Lenore’s boyfriend, doesn’t understand or like Cornelia (11 lines)

Agatha -Cornelia’s strong, eccentric great aunt, in her 50’s, who takes Cornelia in (330 lines)

Moss – a man in his 40’s or 50’s, knows Agatha (14 lines)

Warm Milk (librarian) – a soft, kind woman, any age (19 lines)

Waitress – impatient, lacks compassion woman or man, any age (11 lines)

Bo – a friendly girl, 14ish, who befriends Cornelia, afraid of her pa, can’t read (127 lines)

Pete – abusive, gruff man in his 30’s, Bo’s pa, doesn’t want Cornelia around his daughter (27 lines)

Bank Clerk – kind woman or man, any age (4 lines)

Frog Race Commissioner – impatient boy or girl, 10ish, MC of frog race (7 lines)

Kids – 4-5 kids in frog race, ages 8-10 (could be same actors as Cornelia’s classmates and Bo’s siblings)

Bo’s ma – kind, compassionate woman in her 30’s, afraid of her husband (24 lines)

Bo’s brother & sister – young boy & girl under 10 (no lines)

Principal – man or woman, any age, dealing with one more problem (23 lines)

Mrs./Mr. Paul – woman or man, new English teacher, by the book personality (3 lines)

Mrs./Mr. Browne – man or woman, Honors English teacher, willing to give Cornelia a chance (9 lines)

Secretary – woman, any age (no lines)

Download audition script