$608 weekly minimum (SPT 6)
Kenn McLaughlin, Artistic Director
Eboni Bell, Inclusion, Engagement and Training Director
Mitchell Greco, Associate Artistic Director
Josh Morrison - Associate Artistic Director
See breakdown for production-specific personnel and individuals viewing auditions.
See breakdown for specific production dates.
All productions rehearsed and performed indoors at Stages.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.
Equity Actors/Singers for roles in 2021-22 season (see breakdown).
Due to COVID-19, the theatre is accepting video audition submissions in lieu of live Equity auditions.
by John Leonard Pielmier
Submissions viewed by: Kenn McLaughlin (Director), Director), Mitchell Greco (Associate Artistic Director),
First rehearsal: on or around 9/6/21
Closing performance: 10/17/21
JAMES HOOK (CAST) (nee Cook), by reputation a pirate
SMEE (CAST), Hook's right-hand (literally) man, who sports at least one very bad (misspelled?) tattoo.
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
conceived by Rebecca Feldman.
Book by Rachel Sheinkin.
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Submissions viewed by: Kenn McLaughlin (Artistic Director), Eboni Bell (Inclusion, Engagement and Training Director), Mitchell Greco (Director), Josh Morrison (Associate Artistic Director), Steven Jones (Musical Director)
First rehearsal: on or around 9/20/21
Closing performance: 11/14/21
CHIP TOLENTINO (and others) 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.
LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUBENIERE (SCHWARTZY) 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.
LEAF CONEYBEAR (and others) 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.
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.
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.
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.
RONA LISA PERETTI (and others) 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.
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 (and others) 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.
PANTO LITTLE MERMAID
By Elizabeth A.M. Keel and Shawanna Renee Rivon
Submissions viewed by: Kenn McLaughlin (Artistic Director), Eboni Bell (Inclusion, Engagement and Training Director), Mitchell Greco (Associate Artistic Director), Josh Morrison (Associate Artistic Director), Tevyn Washington (Director)
First rehearsal: on or around 11/1/21
Closing performance: 12/31/21
QUEEN SPARKLESCALE - The Mermaid Queen and mother to four. The Gem of the Ocean.
SHELLY - The eldest sister. Closest to the Queen. The Heir, always responsible.
FINN - The second oldest sister. A curvy musician in a whale band. She rocks.
HAIRIELLE - The little mermaid.
BUTTONS - A friendly seagull.
HIPPO - A seahorse father. Pregnant, hungry, helpful.
JOHN - Sea Bass, John. The Queen’s most trusted advisor. Hairielle’s guardian.
PURSULA - The Sea Witch. A tentacled Dame who loves purses and villainy.
SCAMPI - Her hench-shrimp: a googly-eyed, three-headed mutant. (Played by one actor with two puppet hands as heads.)
HAIRIC - A wealthy graduate student of marine biology. Dr. Wade’s assistant.
DR. WADE - His eccentric professor who studies whales and falls in love with Finn.
VOLTA - Pursula in her human form, with the shocking powers of an electric eel.
NOTE: SEVERAL ACTORS PLAY MORE THAN ONE ROLE IN THE MUSICAL
MACGYVER: THE MUSICAL
Book by Kate Chavez, Robin Ward Holloway, Lindsey Hope Pearlman, Lee David Zlotoff
Music & Lyrics by Peter Lurye
Based on the Original TV Series
Created by Lee David Zlotoff
Submissions viewed by: Kenn McLaughlin (Director), Eboni Bell (Inclusion, Engagement and Training Director), Mitchell Greco (Associate Artistic Director), Josh Morrison (Associate Artistic Director)
First rehearsal: on or around 1/3/22
Closing performance: 3/6/22
MACGYVER, our hero, played by an audience member each night.
VOICEOVER MAC, the voice of MacGyver's inner thoughts.
CUE CARD GIRL, the MC for the show and MacGyver's coach/guide. She will lead him around the stage throughout the show, prompting Audience Mac to perform all necessary stage directions, and of course read all the cue cards!
INGRID, 21, a young East German punk rock singer.
JOHANN, 23, Ingrid's brother, a Lieutenant in the army who works for Helmut Heimlich.
HELMUT HEIMLICH, 50s, The dictator who rules East Germany with an iron fist.
BRUNNHILDE "HILDE" SCHNEIDER, late 40s, Ingrid and Johann's Aunt and surrogate parent, and Heimlich's second-in-command.
LIEUTENANT SCHWANZ, 20s - 30s, Stasi Heavy. A brute.
BORIS SKRATZCHMYICH, 50s, a Russian smuggler and hustler who runs the black market in East Berlin.
ALFRED MESSERSCHMIDT, 60s, a border guard.
HANS, early 20s, a member of Ingrid and Johann's punk rock band, Die Hamburgers. Plays tough but isn't really.
SNAKE, early 20s, another member of Die Hamburgers. An angry young man.
SIGGI, early 20s, a member of Die Hamburgers. The idealist. Often the peacemaker between the other band members.
STRUDEL, 20s - 30s, the final member of Die Hamburgers. Dark, almost menacing, she is the band member whom all the other ones are always slightly scared of. Very pregnant.
U.S. PRESIDENT (GHW Bush) who gives Mac his mission.
NOTE: SEVERAL ACTORS PLAY MORE THAN ONE ROLE IN THE MUSICAL
By Brendan Bourque-Sheil
Submissions viewed by: Kenn McLaughlin (Artistic Director), Eboni Bell (Inclusion, Engagement and Training Director), Mitchell Greco (Associate Artistic Director), Josh Morrison (Associate Artistic Director), Leslie Swackhamer (Director)
First rehearsal: on or around 2/28/22
Closing performance: 4/10/22
HALLIE HEATON - 50’s. Was a Nurse Practitioner. Going blind from diabetic retinopathy. Slight Texas accent.
ANNIE GIN, M.D. - 20’s-30’s, Asian American. Born and raised in Buckstop, left for school, recently returned.
WINTER MOON - 30’s-50’s Eclectic Neo-Pagan geek, easily enthused, lifelong seeker.
ETHAN CROW - 20’s-30’s, owns a bunch of swords and a thesaurus. Awarded a Purple Heart for the TBI he sustained in Iraq. Texas accent.
JACKSON “JAX” PHILLIPS - 60’s or older. Lifelong citizen of Buckstop. Teaches Sciences and Shop at the local high school. Texas accent.
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SIT-IN
By Shawanna Renee Rivon
Submissions viewed by: Kenn McLaughlin (Artistic Director), Eboni Bell (Inclusion, Engagement and Training Director), Mitchell Greco (Associate Artistic Director), Josh Morrison (Associate Artistic Director), Malkia Stample (Director)
First rehearsal: on or around 3/7/22
Closing performance: 5/22/22
MAE FLORENCE - 18. Black. A dreamer, talented, driven, progressive thinker. Wants to be a singer.
LEO – 18. Black. Country boy, humbled, old-school morals. In love with Mae Florence.
ELIJAH – 17. Black. Militant, daring, funny.
CHARLINE – 19. Black. Intelligent, charming, outspoken.
HANNAH – 55. Black. Successful owner of the El Dorado Ballroom. Mae’s Boss and self-proclaimed surrogate mother to these four students.
BLACK SUPER HERO MAGIC MAMA
By Inda Craig-Galvàn
Submissions viewed by: Kenn McLaughlin (Artistic Director), Eboni Bell (Director), Mitchell Greco (Associate Artistic Director), Josh Morrison (Associate Artistic Director)
First rehearsal: on or around 3/28/22
Closing performance: 5/8/22
SABRINA JACKSON aka MAASAI ANGEL, 35, a single Black mother.
TRAMARION JACKSON, 14, a Black son.
CONNIE WRIGHT aka LADY VULTURE, 35, an Asian news anchor.
TOM BLACKMAN aka HUMAN HYENA, 40, a Black field reporter.
LENA EVERS, 32, Sabrina's sister; Tramarion's aunt.
COACH COREY BRACKETT aka DEEP THINKER, 40, a part-time coach; full-time history teacher. A Black man.
FLAT JOE/JOSEPH A. HUGHES aka BLACK SUPERMAN,14, someone else's Black son; the boy who lived.
DAVE LESTER aka DEATH TAP,40, a White cop.
MICAH, the voice of Connie's producer.
SONG OF ME
written by Mai Lê
created by Mai Lê and Đạt Peter Ton
Submissions viewed by: Kenn McLaughlin (Artistic Director), Eboni Bell (Inclusion, Engagement and Training Director), Mitchell Greco (Associate Artistic Director), Josh Morrison (Associate Artistic Director), Đạt Peter Ton (Director), Mai Lê (Playwright)
First rehearsal: on or around 4/25/22
Closing performance: 6/12/22
PHILIP (CAST) - Philip and Luci are Vietnamese Houstonians – a brother and sister duo navigating their futures together.
LUC (CAST) - Philip and Luci are Vietnamese Houstonians – a brother and sister duo navigating their futures together.
Submit video auditions to Mitchell Greco at email@example.com through 11:59 pm CT, June 22, 2021. Prepare 2 contrasting monologues and/or songs, totaling no more than 2 minutes. You may use a song of your choice or you may use the accompaniment and sheet music provided at www.dropbox.com/sh/hjens3pcjts0e7n/AABRBMZMWdks1Hgbd4cWZqR8a?dl=0. Video formats accepted: .mp4, .MOV, Vimeo, Google Drive, YouTube. Presentation: Slate your name, union status, and pieces you're auditioning with.
SPT $608 weekly minimum (SPT 6)