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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Friday,January 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Friday and Saturday, repeating until Saturday,February 2,
One event on Sunday,January 27, at 3:00pm
Directed/Music Directed by Colin Keating
Produced by Willow Eckel
Choreography by Brittany O’Reilly
Costumes by Jodi Wilson
Sound Design by Sean Connolly
Set Design by Henry Wilson
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Directed and Music Directed by BTG’s Artistic Director, Colin Keating. Starring Christy Ashby, Josh Mele, Cameron Walker, Jennifer Pearson, Dan Williams, Ceara Windhausen, Natasia White, Kilian Crowley, and Ryan Sparks.
Based upon the Rachel Sheinkin book, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn. The 2005 Broadway production, directed by James Lapine and produced by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company and Second Stage Theater, was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book.
Audience members are captivated as an eclectic group of sixth-graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee; bold and hyperallergic speller William Barfee uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her gay dads. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will have the audience falling in love, both with the show itself and its “perspicacious,” “jocular,” and “effervescent” spellers.