The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn't everything.
Directed by Phil Stepanski
Music Direction by Gwen Ter Haar
Friday, September 15, 2023, 7:30pm
Saturday, September 16, 2023, 7:30pm
Sunday, September 17, 2023, 2:00pm
Thursday, September 21, 2023, 7:30pm
Friday, September 22, 2023, 7:30pm
Saturday, September 23, 2023, 7:30pm
Sunday, September 24, 2023, 2:00pm
Thurday, September 28, 2023, 7:30pm
Friday, September 29, 2023, 7:30pm
Saturday, September 30, 2023, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 1, 2023, 2:00pm
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 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 a champion! At least the losers get a juice box.
A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for high schools or community theatres. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.