The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any specific questions.
- 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 résumé are not required, but are highly encouraged.
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 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.
AUDITION, REHEARSALS, AND PERFORMANCES SCHEDULE
Auditions: Wednesday 1/10 4:00-8:00pm
Callbacks: Thursday 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
For non-emergency questions (registration, tuition, adding authorized individuals), email us at email@example.com.
For emergency (health, unplanned check-in/pick-up, etc.), please call our Education Coordinator direct line: 407-877-4736 ext. 201.
To promote a safe and focused learning environment we restrict cell phone use to during breaks only. If you need to contact your child, please call the Education Coordinator at 407-877-4736 ext. 201.
CLASS REGISTRATION AND TUITION
Garden Theatre will use CourseStorm for class and camp registration. All new users will be asked to create a CourseStorm account. We strongly recommend using an e-mail address that you check frequently as we will use this email address to send communications about the camps and classes you have registered for.
Confirmation materials and additional details will be provided after completing registration.
For questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuition includes one class t-shirt per session. Additional camp t-shirts may be purchased for $10.00
Payment is due at the time of registration. Garden Theatre accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.
CLASS CHECK-IN AND PICKUP
Free garage parking is located directly behind the theatre at 160 S Boyd St., accessible from Boyd or Lakeview Streets.
- Check-in will begin ten (10) minutes prior to each class’s start time.
- Please note: for the safety of our students, all entrances will be monitored or secured.
- To gain entry into the Garden Theatre lobby during class hours, you will need to call 407-877-4736 ext. 201. One of our education team members will meet you at the front door and escort your student to the appropriate location.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up
- Check-In/Check-Out locations will be updated on a per class basis.
- You will need to sign your child in and out of each class day.
- For the safety of our classes, photo identification is required to pick up any student. This will be required for each day of class – even after multiple days and we recognize you, please bring your ID.
- Adults presenting photo identification must be listed on the student’s authorized pick-up list.
- Students 14 years of age and older may utilize the self-check-in/out option. Authorized permission must be granted by a parent or legal guardian.
- In the event your student arrives late to class, please bring your child into the lobby and we will escort him or her to class.
- If you are late to pick up your child, please call 407-877-4736 ext. 201 or email us at email@example.com to let us know you are running behind.
- If you are more than ten minutes late to pick up your child, you will be charged $1 a minute.
- Aftercare is available for Summer Camps at a fee.
- Aftercare ends at 5:00 PM. Students in aftercare may bring an additional snack.
- Please contact us for more information.
What should my child wear to class?
- Students should wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes so they can learn, play, and explore safely.
- Sandals, flip-flops, or high heeled shoes are not permitted.
Snacks and Lunch
- Garden Theatre strives to be a nut-free facility. Thank you for helping us keep our students safe by keeping all snacks containing nuts at home.
- Please send easy-to-eat, non-perishable food (no microwave or refrigerator available).
- Students will eat lunch at a designated time each day. Please pack a lunch, water bottle, and if you desire, a snack, to eat in our facility. There will be no off campus lunch purchases, and we ask that you do not deliver lunch.
- Students may choose to bring a bag to keep all belongings. Students may be given scripts or sheet music that they need to bring back each session.
- We encourage students to bring a reusable water bottle with their name on it that they may use and refill from our coolers.
- Please make sure your child’s name is clearly marked on all belongings.
- We ask that students NOT bring any valuable items to class, which may include and are not limited to: electronics, cash/credit cards, favorite toys/books/accessories, etc.
REFUND AND CANCELLATION POLICIES
Sessions may be rescheduled free of charge until 30 days prior to class or camp start. Refunds will only be issued on cancellation requests made 30 days prior to the start of your selected session. There are no partial refunds for missed days of class.
Please note that a camp or class may be canceled if it does not reach its minimum enrollment. In this situation, each participant will be notified and a full refund will be processed.
Teaching Artists and Production Team Job Opportunities
Please visit our Careers page under the Get Involved tab for any current openings.
GARDEN THEATRE HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANTS
This program is designed for high school aged students (grades 9-12th) who are interested in volunteering for our education programs. We are seeking assistants for the school year, spring break, and summer camps and classes. No teaching experience necessary and we accept assistants interested in all areas of theatre (performance, tech, stage management, etc). Assistants will help with checking in/out students, classroom management, classroom set-up/clean up, backstage support and more!
All High School Assistants are eligible to register for a Garden Theatre education class, camp, or production tuition free (one per calendar year). Assistants may count hours worked at the Garden Theatre towards community service or internship hours.
Financial Assistance for Education Programs
At the Garden Theatre, we understand the importance of offering financial assistance to enable everyone the opportunity to participate in our programs. We believe every child should have the ability to receive an arts education, regardless of financial status.
Please fill out the following form to apply for financial assistance. Assistance is not guaranteed, and submission of this form does not ensure registration in the camp. It may take us up to two (2) weeks to review your application. Applications are accepted as long as funds are available and priority is given to families on a first come, first served basis. You will be notified by email if your application has been approved. If approved, the email notification will include instructions on how to complete your registration process with financial assistance
Please email our education team at firstname.lastname@example.org.