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Auditions at the White Theatre


The Sarah Play Open Auditions

Calling all Actresses!

The In[heir]itance Project is seeking two versatile actresses to create a new devised theater piece as part of The Genesis Plays, a series of plays inspired by the book of Genesis and created with communities around the country.

In Kansas City, the play focuses on the stories of Sarah and Hagar and is created from conversations with local Jewish and Muslim communities over their shared traditional narratives.

The play will be devised by the company, from the stories, themes, and ideas collected through open rehearsals and community dialogues. People of all races and religions encouraged to audition. This is a paid gig.

Role Descriptions:

Role 1: Capable, grounded and experienced. She is used to being the lead actress, and not comfortable sharing the spotlight. She works hard to maintain command and control over everything around her. 

Role 2:  Young, talented, with resolve. She plays the effervescent ingenue, possibly reluctantly. She is conflicted about her role in the show and in life. She may be perceived as a threat.

Dates (must be available)

Auditions/Callbacks: September 9th/10th (day)
Rehearsals: September 11th - 15th (evenings), September 16th (day and evening),

 November 26 - December 1st (days and/or evenings).

 Performances: December 2nd and 3rd.


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Auditions

The White Theatre at The J will be holding auditions for our 2017/2018 Winter Musical:
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Directed by Steven Eubank.  Music Directed by Pam Williamson  

The White Theatre is looking for Male and Female Individuals Ages 16 to Adult to audition for roles in the production. 

Audition Location:

The White Theatre at The J
5801 West 115th Street, Overland Park, KS 66211


February 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 2018 @ 7:30pm
February 4, 11, 18, 2018 @ 2pm

Possible private performances will be mixed in between February 3, 2018, and February 18, 2018.  A complete production schedule will be sent in the email confirmation back to those requesting audition times. 


To begin January 2, 2018, typically running Sunday thru Thursday 6 pm to 10 pm.  A tentative rehearsal schedule will be sent in the email confirmation back to those requesting audition times. All rehearsals are held at the White Theatre at The J, 5801 West 115th Street, Overland Park, KS 66211.

Audition Time:  Saturday, September 16, 3 pm to 7 pm

3 pm to 7 pm: Vocal Auditions for Adult Principal Roles; by Appointment Only.  See information below on scheduling appointment.   

Call Backs (By Invitation Only)

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Audition Information:

Appointments Times for those wishing to audition will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.   The appointments will be in 5-minute increments between 3 pm and 7 pm on Saturday, September 16th, 2017.    

No Dance Audition will be held on the initial audition date.  A dance audition will be held during the invitation call back on Sunday, September 17, 2017.    

We ask those wishing to audition to prepare 16-32 bars of TWO DIFFERENT contemporary musical theatre songs.  An accompanist will be provided, no A-Cappella or CD Accompanist singing, please.  

To Sign up for an Audition Time:

Email Production Manager Jayson Chandley ([email protected]) to schedule an audition time.  Please include the following information in your Email request:

1) Your Full Name (as you’d want it listed in the program)

2) A telephone Number you can be reached at. 

Once the email is received and processed, you’ll be assigned an audition time in the order it was received and sent additional audition information for the audition date.   

Please allow up 48 hours for processing of requests via email.  Requests for audition times will be handled in a first come, first serve basis.  All those who request a time will receive an email back with an audition time or additional information should times be filled. 

No phone calls or Social Media requests for audition times. 

Character Role Breakdown

Chip Tolentino
An athletic, social, boy scout and champion of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, he returns to defend his title, but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment.

Logainne Schwartzandgrunenierre (schwartzy)
Logainne is the youngest and most politically aware speller, often making comments about current political figures. She is driven by internal and external pressure, but above all by a desire to win to make her two fathers proud. She is somewhat of a neat freak, speaks with a lisp, and will be back next year.

Leaf Coneybear
The second runner-up in his district, Leaf gets into the competition on a lark and finds everything about the bee incredibly amusing. He is home-schooled and comes from a large family of former hippies. He has severe Attention Deficit Disorder and spells words correctly while in a trance.

William Barfee
A Putnam County Spelling Bee finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts and is back for vindication. His famous "Magic Foot" method of spelling has boosted him to spelling glory, even though he only has one working nostril and a touchy, bullying personality. He develops a crush on Olive.

Marcy Park
A recent transfer from Virginia, Marcy placed ninth in last year's nationals. She speaks six languages, is a member of all-American hockey, a championship rugby player, plays Chopin and Mozart on multiple instruments, sleeps only three hours a night, hides in the bathroom cabinet, and is getting very tired of always winning. She is the poster child for the Over-Achieving Asian, and attends a Catholic school called "Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows." She is also not allowed to cry.

Olive Ostrovsky
A young newcomer to competitive spelling. Her mother is in an ashram in India, and her father is working late, as usual, but he is trying to come sometime during the bee. Having found comfort in its words and vastness, Olive made friends with her dictionary at a very young age, helping her to make it to the competition. She starts enormously shy, and shyly blossoms.

Rona Lisa Peretti
The number-one realtor in Putnam County, a former Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion herself, and the returning moderator. She is a sweet woman who loves children, but she can be very stern when it comes to dealing with Vice Principal Panch and his feelings for her. Her interest in the competition is unflagging and drives it forward.

Douglas Panch
The Vice Principle. Frustrated with his life, he finds the drive of the young spellers alien to him. After five years' absence from the Bee, Panch returns as judge. There was an "incident" at the Twentieth Annual Bee, but he claims to be in "a better place" now, thanks to a high-fiber diet and Jungian analysis. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but she does not return his affections.

Mitch Mahoney
The Official Comfort Counselor. An ex-convict, Mitch is performing his community service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to losing students. He has no idea how to offer comfort but does find himself wishing he could find a way to make the kids feel better.

About the Director:

Steven Eubank is best known for directing musicals and has worked with numerous theatre companies in the Kansas City area.  Steven is delighted to be returning to White Theatre at the J where he previously directed Spamalot and Little Shop of Horrors and last summer’s production of Beauty and the Beast.  Steven has also directed and/or choreographed at Johnson County Community, Musical Theater Heritage, Leawood Stage Co, Theatre for Young America. UMKC and Late Night Theatre.  Steven Eubank is also the Artistic Director of Egads! Theatre Company.  In addition, Steven can also be found singing and dancing onstage with local theatre companies.  Steven is currently performing as Garfield in the Coterie Theatre production of Garfield: A Musical with Cattitude.  He has appeared in shows at Theatre for Young America, Musical Theater Heritage, Spinning Tree Theatre KC Fringe Festival, The Living Room, and Worlds of Fun Live Entertainment.

About the Music Director:

Pamela Williamson is the Choral Music Director at Olathe Northwest High School and will begin her twenty-sixth year as a music educator in the public schools in Kansas. She has been the Choral Director and Performing Arts Department Chair since 2006 at Olathe Northwest. Pam also serves as the Olathe District High School Choral Facilitator. Pam is on the music staff at Grace United Methodist Church in Olathe, Kansas. She has earned Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in Music Education from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. Pam is in her twenty-sixth season of singing with the Grammy award winning Kansas City Chorale and is a featured soloist on several of their recordings. Pam sang in the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in performances at Carnegie Hall, and has been an active music director and accompanist for many community musical theater events in the Kansas City area, most recently last summer as conductor/accompanist for last seasons “Beauty and the Beast” at the White Theatre and Theatre in the Park, as well as 2015’s Theatre in the Park production of “The Drowsy Chaperone”. Pam was named the Outstanding High School Music Educator in 2011-2012 by the Kansas Music Educators Association. She served as the State Choral Chair for KMEA from 2015-2017. Pam was a semi-finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year in the Olathe School District in 2014-15. Pam is happy to be a part of this production of “Beauty and the Beast”! Pam enjoys spending time with husband Brett, and their three sons.


Disney's Newsies Auditions

A Co-production with The Coterie

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE A NEWSIE (ages 11 to young-looking adults)

Audition Date/Time: 
Sunday, December 17, 2017, at 2:00pm. 
No appointment. Check in between 1:00-1:30 p.m.

Audition Location: 
The White Theatre / Jewish Community Center of Greater KC, 5801 W. 115th Street, Overland Park, KS 66211

Open call for males & females, ages 11 up to young-looking adults.

Have 16 bars prepared (print the music selection, PDF HERE).  For the dialogue selection, use a dialect (PDF HERE, memorized optional).  Then be prepared for an extended dance call (bring tap shoes if you have them).  

You may be asked to a callback on Monday, December 18, 2017.

~please, no phone calls or emails~

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