“Spell Chimerical!” Audition Songs for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Written by Tiffany Wilkie

August 2, 2018

If you’re auditioning for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee soon, explore these audition numbers perfect for every role!

Auditioning for Chip Tolentino (Tenor)

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.

1. “I Wish I Could Go Back to College” from Avenue Q

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2. “The Kite” from You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

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Auditioning for Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere (Mezzo)

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.

3. “My New Philosophy” from You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown 

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4. “Live Out Loud” from A Little Princess

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Auditioning for Leaf Coneybear (Tenor)

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.

5. “Alone in the Universe” from Seussical

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6. Purpose” from Avenue Q

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Auditioning for William Barfee (Tenor)

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.

7. “Time Stops” from Big Fish

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8. “Grow for Me” from Little Shop of Horrors

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Auditioning for Marcy Park (Mezzo)

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.

9. “Little Known Facts” from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

10. “Show Off” from The Drowsy Chaperone

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Auditioning for Olive Ostrovsky (Mezzo)

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.

11. “What it Means to be a Friend” from 13

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12. “Beyond My Wildest Dreams” from The Little Mermaid 

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Auditioning for Rona Lisa Peretti (Mezzo)

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.

13. “Listen To Your Heart” from Young Frankenstein 

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14. “Gorgeous” from The Apple Tree

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Auditioning for Mitch Mahoney (Tenor)

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.

15. “Big Love” from Memphis 

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Tiffany Weagly-Wilkie is the Director of Theatricals for PerformerStuff.com. She also serves as the Casting Director for The Imagination House.