March 27, 2022
Spring Mainstage: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Director Amy Budd said, "This wild comedy is all about the impossible human quest to find order in a chaotic world. Most kids will lose the bee, but perhaps they'll win the sense of growth, purpose, and joy they really need. We hope our audiences leave feeling delighted and refreshed."
Content Advisory: Music Theater International rates this musical PG-13 for a few profanities and a song in which a boy worries that the onset of puberty, a new crush, and an embarrassing anatomical dilemma is wrecking his ability to concentrate.
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 fast-paced, funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a vibrant score by William Finn, the bee is one unforgettable experience.
An eclectic group of six 3rd through 7th graders 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 "ding" of the bell that signals a mistake. Six spellers enter; one leaves! 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 comedy, some of it improvised anew at each performance!
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Materials by Jay Reiss
Licensed by MTI
Contact: Amy Budd, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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