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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Performances – April 4-7, 2024
(in Theatre School Studio Space)

April 4th: 10:00AM & 5:30PM
April 5th: 10:00AM & 5:30PM
April 6th: 2:00PM & 5:30PM
April 7th: 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.

Time period: Now
Settings of play: Putnam County
Run-time: 100 Minutes, No Intermission
Type of Play: Musical Comedy
Suggested rating: PG-13 – recommended for grades 6th & up, but all audiences may enjoy.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com. And with support from our very special Theatre School donors!

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