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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 3:00 pm | Updated: 3:15 pm, Thu Jun 13, 2013.

BIDDEFORD – City Theater in Biddeford is adding a bonus show to its schedule – the Tony-award winning, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

This highly acclaimed show won two Tony Awards in 2005. The hit musical comedy is about six adolescents vying for the spelling bee championship of a lifetime. The show is made even more unpredictable by audience participation. Before each performance four audience members are recruited to participate onstage as guest spellers.

The show opens on Friday, Aug. 23, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 1. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved online at http://citytheater.org or by calling the box office at 282-0849.

Auditions for the show will be held on Tuesday, June 25, and Thursday, June 27 at 6 p.m. at the theater. The director is Megan Cross, with musical direction by Sara Sturdivant and Bethany Ferland.

The show features four women and five men. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing something in the style of the show and be prepared to dance, as well.

The male roles are Panch, 35 or older, which is a non-singing role that requires strong improvisation skills; Barfee, a baritone-tenor, 17-25; Leaf/Carl’s dad, a baritone-tenor, in his 20s; Chip/Jesus, a tenor, 17-25; and Mitch/Dan’s dad/Olive’s dad, a high tenor, 25-40.

The female roles are Rona/Olive’s Mom, a mezzo-soprano, in her 30s; Swartzy, a strong mezzo singer, 17-25; Olive, a strong soprano, 17-25; and Marcy, a strong soprano, 17-25.

Also, tickets are available for “9 to 5: The Musical,” which opens on Friday, July 19, and runs through, Sunday, Aug. 4.

This show tells the story of three female co-workers pushed to the boiling point by their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical boss. They conspire to take control of the company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do – even in a man’s world. Based on the 1980 hit movie, the play features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton.

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