THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

An updated take on the bee, set inside the gym at Speyer Hall

Music & lyrics by William Finn

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

 

WHEN & WHERE:

 

March 22 – 31, 2018

 

5th Floor Theatre, New York City

CAST: 

 

William Barfée – Jordan Westfall*

 

Olive Ostrovsky – Jessica Banengas*

 

Rona Lisa Piretti – Danielle Amendola*

 

Leaf Coneybear/Carl – Todd Ritch**

 

Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre –
Felicia Wilkins*

 

Marcy Park – Kelsey Martin*

 

Chip Tolentino/Dan – Joe Marx*

 

Mitch Mahoney – Alyssa Smith* 


Vice Principal Panch – Ryan Hunt*

* Innovative Theatre Award nomination

** Innovative Theatre Award winner

PRODUCTION TEAM:

 

Director – Joey Nelan

 

Exec. Producer  – Michael Gioia

 

Music Director – Nathaniel Beliveau

 

Scenic Designer/TD – Brian Pacelli
 

Lighting Designer – Andrew Garvis
 

Costume Designer – Rachel Aberman
 

Sound Designer – Christine Farrell

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

 

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! At least the losers get a juice box.

[via Music Theatre International]

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