The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

11.17 – 12.10.23

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

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

There is no show on Thanksgiving. We have added a Saturday matinee performance on 11/25.

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
Leaf Coneybear (evening shows)Peter Bromann
Leaf Coneybear (matinee shows)Jake Teeling
William Morris BarféeJackson Nielsen
Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre/Dance CaptainMary Grace Martens
Marcy Park/Rona understudyEmily Durham
Charlito TolentinoCody Bratcher
Understudy/GuardCaroline Derango
Creative Team
directed byAnthony Berg
musical directorAaron Zimmerman
choreographerBecky Messerschmidt
assistant directorMeg McGarry
stage managerKarin Kramer
production managerRebecca Poole
set designerDonald Dumper
master carpenterDonald Dumper
costumerCindy Bold
prop masterAnnie Walker Bright
lighting designerJim Van De Velde
sound designerDavid Tillman, Elyse Willis, Andy Kanturek, Tom French, Meg McGarry
AV specialistAndy Kanturek
house managerEileen Gilligan, Rebecca Poole

Photos by Ken Beach