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July 3, 2014

Auditions set for musical

Woodward, Okla. — Auditions for the musical, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" will be held July 6, 7, and 8 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the middle school band room.

Jessie Pingry, co-director, said  "All audtioners need to prepare one song of their choice to present at the audition. The song needs to highlight their vocal ability."

Pingry said those auditioning will also be asked to read from the script.

"Audtioners don't have to come to all three dates. We are offering the three dates to give everyone a chance to try out,” she said. “They are welcome to be there each time if they want but are only required to be there once."

 Rachel Nuse is the musical director for the play.

The play is the first directing venture for Jessie and her husband Bryce Pingry. The couple has been involved with OnStage Woodward for several years. They performed in plays during high school in Woodward.

"We are very excited. We can't wait to get our feet wet," Pingry said.

She said performers need to be 16 years old and on up.

"It has a small cast with about 10 people at the most. It is an evenly mixed cast of both male and female parts. We have a couple of parts for older people, the teacher and the spelling bee director," Pingry said.

"The play is mostly adult oriented," she added.  "It is a comedy about what kids go through in their adolescence. Each kid’s issue is highlighted as they go through the spelling bee. You get to learn their backstory. One character is a perfectionist and is worried about disappointing herself and her parents by failing. From the adult view looking back it is funny but not for the adolescent."

Pingry said anyone interested in working behind the scenes is also welcome.

"We need all the volunteers we can get. There are all types of activities back stage," she said. "We need help with building, painting, sound equipment, and preparing costumes. We also need help on the stage crew and technical crew."

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" will be presented Sept. 18-20 at the Woodward Arts Theater.

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