Papillion-LaVista Community Theatre is Back and Needs Some Spellers this Summer

Papillion-LaVista Community Theatre Announces Auditions For:

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Written By: Rachel Sheinkin

Music & Lyrics By: William Finn

Directed By: Suzanne Withem

Papillion La Vista Community Theatre’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be performed July 16-18 and 22-24, 2021 at the SumTur Amphitheater in Papillion. Auditions will be held at Trinity Village’s Trinity Family Life Center (522 West Lincoln Street, Papillion, NE 68046) on Sunday, May 16th at 1:00 pm and Monday, May 17th at 6:00 pm. Those auditioning need only attend one session. Some may be asked to attend a callback on the evening of Tuesday, May 18th.

We are actively seeking minority actors for lead roles. Actors of all types, ages 16+, will be considered for student roles. For a complete character list and details, please see Music Theatre International’s website,….

Please prepare 16 to 32 bars of music (or about 1 minute of singing) that showcases your vocal and storytelling abilities. Bring printed sheet music for the accompanist who will be provided. Auditioners should also be prepared for a light dance audition and cold readings. Auditioners are also encouraged to bring a headshot and resume (if you have them) and a list of conflicts between May 18 and July 25.

College students who would like to be considered, but who are not be able to attend the live auditions, may arrange to submit video.

About the Show

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens 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. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. For additional information about live or video auditions, schedules, character descriptions or the production, please contact Suzanne Withem at