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in Winter and Spring 2024

Youth Production: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
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Youth Production: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Calendar Jan 10, 2024

This spring Garden Theatre Education invites students in grades 6-12 to audition for our production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! Please do not register and pay for this production until you have been cast. In order to participate in this production you should be fully available for all rehearsals and performances. 

ABOUT THE SHOW: An eclectic group of teenagers vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, they 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. Of the participants, one speller leaves a champion! At least the losers get a juice box. 

Content: This show includes some mature content, including irreverent humor, some adult language, and talk of puberty. The show, if rated like a movie, would likely be PG-13. We encourage you to research the show before allowing your child to audition if you have any concerns. Feel free to email with any specific questions.

Audition information, including the link to sign up for auditions, are posted at

Audition Requirements: 

-16 bar cut of a musical theatre song of your choice (roughly 30-45 seconds)

-30 second monologue

-Please do not use Spelling Bee material for this audition.

-There will not be an accompanist present, so please bring the accompaniment track with you. We will have a speaker with an aux cord, various adapters, and Bluetooth available to play your track. 

-Headshot and resume are not required, but are highly encouraged. 

Audition Reminders:

We are casting for all named and ensemble roles at this audition. Cast size for this show is flexible and based on the director's discretion. 

Keep in mind that audition slots  may fill up and become unavailable as sign ups occur. We will email you to confirm your audition slot prior to your audition. 

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled slot. You will be called by the audition facilitator at some point during your hour slot, so please stay until you are called. Once your audition is finished, you are free to leave.  

The cast list will be shared to all auditionees by Friday, January 12th at 5:00pm.

Call Backs:

Call backs will be from 6:00-9:00pm on Thursday, January 11th. You will be contacted via email by 9:30pm on Wednesday, January 10th if you are needed at call backs. Only those contacted via email should attend callbacks. 


Casting will be announced Friday, January 12th at 5:00pm via email.


Auditions: Wednesday 1/10 4:00-8:00pm

Callbacks: 1/11 6:00-9:00pm

Rehearsals: 1/13-3/16,Wednesdays 6:00-9:00pm and Saturdays 8:30am-12:00pm

Load In/Tech: 3/18-3/27 - formal schedule to come once cast, not needed daily


Thursday, 3/28 at 7:30pm

Friday, 3/29 at 7:30pm

Saturday, 3/30 at 2:00 and 7:30pm


Spring Break Camp: Songs and Scenes of Sondheim

Calendar Mar 18, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Sweeney Todd. Into the Woods. Merrily We Roll Along. West Side Story. SONDHEIM! Join us for this spring break camp learning songs and scenes from some of Sondheim's gifts to Broadway! This camp will culminate in a shareformance at the end of the week.

Dates: March 18-22, 2024

Time: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-2:30pm

Age Group: 6th-12th Grades

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 4 payments of $56.25, paid every four weeks.

After Care - Spring Break

Calendar Mar 18, 2024 at 2:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Aftercare is a place for students to hang out and relax until they are able to be picked up. There will be movies, games, and other activities available. Please bring a snack to enjoy during aftercare, as we do not have food available on site. Aftercare is not an extension of the camp learning day, and cannot be prorated. There is a 5 minute grace period for late arrivals. After 5:05pm you will be charged $1 per minute late. Please plan accordingly.

Dates: March 18-22, 2024

Time: Monday-Friday, 2:30-5:00pm

Age Group: Any spring break camper is eligible for after care, Grades K-12

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