The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

11.17 – 12.10.23

7:30pm Thurs/Fri/Sat evening | 2pm Sun

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

music by William Finn
lyrics by William Finn
book by Rachel Sheinkin

Love lets your spirits depart!

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, 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 with fun for the whole family. Come try your hand at spelling and see if YOU can be a champion!

Two performances of The 25th Avenue Putnam County Spelling Bee will be ASL (American Sign Language) interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing:

  • Sunday 11/26
  • Friday 12/1

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.

Cast of Characters
Rona Lisa PerettiChristine Pfenninger
Vice Principal Douglas PanchTom Walker
Mitch MahoneyKevin Loeper
Olive OstrovskyAlissa Kanturek
William Morris BarféeAustin Hendricks
Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierreMary Grace Martens
Marcy ParkEmily Durham
Leaf ConeybearRamsey Hendricks
Charlito TolentinoCody Bratcher
Creative Team
directed byAnthony Berg
musical directorKitty Karn
choreographerBecky Messerschmidt
production managerRebecca Poole

Photos by Ken Beach