The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
September 15th - 7pm
September 16th - 1pm and 7pm
September 17th - 1pm
September 22nd - 7pm
September 23rd - 1pm and 7pm
September 24th - 1pm
Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Conceived by Rebecca Feldman, Additional material by Jay Reiss, Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine.
In a high school gym, long time hostess Rona Lisa Peretti welcomes the contestants of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She is aided by Vice Principal Douglas Panch, a last-minute substitute word pronouncer and Mitch Mahoney, a menacing ex-con who is serving as "Comfort Counselor" as a part of his community service sentence.
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Among the contestants are last year's champ, Chip (a boy scout), Schwarzy (the youngest and most politically aware contestant), Coneybear (the somewhat wide-eyed offspring of hippie parents), Barfee (an allergy-plagued student), Marcy (an over-achiever) and Olive (a tentative newcomer). 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! At least the losers get a juice box.
Doors will open 45 minutes before the show begins