Do you have an upcoming audition for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, by character.
Since The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there are lots of character/comedic song choices included below in order to match the style of the show.
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Step 1: Read your audition details
Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something uptempo, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:
Step 2: Get to know the show
In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to listen to the 25th Annual Putnam County cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.
Step 3: Pick an audition song
Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.
There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.
And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (and not a specific character), there’s always a chance you might get chosen for a leading/supporting role!
To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.
Charlito “Chip” Tolentino
“Sheldon Potts’ Halftime Show” – Junie B. Jones
“Top of the World” – Tuck Everlasting
“Women and Sandwiches” – Freaky Friday
“Beautiful” – Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical
“Look at the Sky” – Urinetown
“Purpose” – Avenue Q
Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere (Schwartzy)
“Abigail” – Dear Edwina
“Notice Me, Horton” – Seussical
“Watch What Happens” – Newsies
“My Grand Plan” – The Lighting Thief
“Top Secret Personal Beeswax” – Junie B. Jones
“Don’t Let Me Go” – Shrek
“The Pants Song” – Be More Chill
“Vows” – Freaky Friday
“Everlasting” – Tuck Everlasting
“Good Girl Winnie Foster” – Tuck Everlasting
“Naughty” – Matilda
Rona Lisa Peretti
“Better” – Little Women
“I Am Playing Me” – Title of Show
“Pathetic” – Matilda
William Morris Barfée
“How Lucky You Are” – Seussical
“In Summer” – Frozen
“Never Ever Getting Rid of Me” – Waitress
“I Love Play Rehearsal” – Be More Chill
“Live Out Loud” – A Little Princess
“Lost in the Brass” – Band Geeks
“A Little More Homework” – 13
“Loser Geek Whatever” – Be More Chill
“Michael in the Bathroom” – Be More Chill
“Havin’ a Hunch” – Seussical
“I’m Allergic to Cats” – The Theory of Relativity
“Stupid Things I Won’t Do” – The Royal Family of Broadway
“It’s Not About Me” – The Prom
“Kick Me” – Now. Here. This.
“Thank God She’s Blind” – The Toxic Avenger
Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!
“My Party Dress” – Henry & Mudge
“Now I See” – Junie B. Jones
“What It Means to Be a Friend” – 13
“Here at Horace Green” – School of Rock
“Morning Person” – Shrek
“Sticks & Stones” – Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical
“Enjoy the Trip” – Bring It On
“Here I Come” – 13
“Seventeen” – Tuck Everlasting
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The 25th Annual … Spelling Bee:
• “English Language” in The Acting Coach Approach: 48 Monologues for Kids➝
• “I’ll Never” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝
• “Seven, Eight, Nine” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝
• “The Drama Department” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “Trouble in History Class” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝
Final Step: Prepare for your audition
After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!
Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Song List
Here are the musical numbers in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee along with which characters sing in them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended for character research purposes.
* That said, if you’ve specifically been asked to sing a song from the show, you can find the sheet music for the best possible audition songs below.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” – Rona, Chip, Schwartzy, Leaf, Barfée, Marcy, Olive
“The Spelling Rules” / “My Favorite Moment of the Bee” – Panch, Rona, Ensemble
“My Friend, the Dictionary” – Olive, Chip, Leaf, Schwarzy, Rona, Ensemble
“The First Goodbye” – Panch, Ensemble
“Pandemonium” – Panch, Chip, Olive, Schwarzy, Leaf, Barfée, Marcy, Mitch
“I’m Not That Smart” – Leaf, Panch, Ensemble
“The Second Goodbye” – Panch, Ensemble
“Magic Foot” – Barfée, Ensemble
“Pandemonium (Reprise)” – Mitch, Chip, Rona, Ensemble
“Why We Like Spelling” – Ensemble
“Prayer of the Comfort Counselor” – Mitch, Ensemble
“Woe is Me” – Schwarzy, Carl, Dan, Ensemble
“I’m Not That Smart (Reprise)” – Leaf
“I Speak Six Languages” – Marcy, Ensemble
“The I Love You Song” – Olive, Olive’s Mom, Olive’s Dad
“Woe is Me (Reprise)” – Schwarzy, Mitch
“My Favorite Moment of the Bee 3/Second” – Rona, Ensemble
“Finale” – Company
“The Last Goodbye” – Company
Which of these audition songs for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee did you choose?
And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.
Need extra help? Just go through this free audition prep checklist!
Author: Stacy Karyn
Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.