The 25th annual putnam county spelling bee
march 4-20, 2016
Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Conceived by Rebecca Feldman, Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn't everything.
Winner of the TONY and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 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 truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one 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 life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never 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.
A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is delightful den of comedic genius.
Directed By: Yvonne Anderson
Assistant Director: Beth Brody
Music Direction: Craig Johnson
Choreographer: Allison LaRue
Stage Manager: Elaine Petrone
Rona Lisa Peretti: Maribeth McCarthy
Vice Principal Doug Paunch: Dustin Britt
Mitch Mahoney: Nick Izzo
Olive Ostrovsky: Randi Winter
William Barfeé: Curtis Brown
Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre: Aubrey Comperatore
Marcy Park: Liz Anderson
Leaf Coneybear: Dan Hawkins
Chip Tolentino: Jay Dolan