The Monmouth Community Players will hold auditions for its upcoming spring show, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

The production has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a vibrant score by William Finn, this spelling bee is an unforgettable experience.

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.

Auditions will start at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, and Monday, Feb. 5. Rehearsals will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, and run every Monday, Wednesday and Sunday through April. Performances are scheduled for April 20-29. The production team for the show includes Director Josie French, Musical Director Steve Barter, Assistant Director Tim MacLeod and Producer Cindy Dunham.

There are roles for six actors that play the adolescent spellers, including three men and three women. There are roles for three actors playing the adults, including two men and one woman. There also are multiple minor roles for both men and women throughout the production. All roles are open to actors age 14 and older. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a 16-bar selection. If the selection is not from the show, provide sheet music for audition. All singing auditions will be closed, and will be followed by group readings.

For more information, visit monmouthcommunityplayers.org, email [email protected] or call 370-9566.