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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music & Lyrics:  William Finn
Book: Rachel Sheinkin

Conceived by: Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by: Jay Reiss

Dates: June 22 – July 2
Times:  7:30 – Sat. 2:30, Sun 3

“…Hilariously F-U-N-N-Y (enjoyment, amusement or lighthearted pleasure)
and delightfully Q-U-I-R-K-Y (characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits) night of theatre.”
Ilene Chalmers – DC Metro Theater Arts

About the show:

Nominated for six Tony Awards, and winner of two, 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. NOTE: contains ridiculously childish adult material. May not be suitable for all audiences.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee features an eclectic group of sixth graders (played by adult actors in uproariously comical caricatures), who arrive at a fictional spelling bee set in the geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School to vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime; the Bee is run by three equally quirky grown-ups. 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! of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller 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 comedic genius.

Musical Direction:  Anneliesa Tretheway; Stage Manager: Sean Smyth.
Cast: Robyn Eli Brenner as William Barfee, Mary Grace Tesoriero as Olive Ostrovsky, Greg Halmos as Leaf Coneybear,Rosseroni Parris as Chip Tolentino, Rachel Ihasz as Marcy Park, Amanda Ruggiero as Logan Schwartzandgrubenierre,Lissen Ellington as Rona Lisa Peretti, David W. Lamphier as Douglas Panch, James White III as Mitch Mahoney, Megan Cires as Olive’s Mom and Others, and Patrick Kolta as Carl-Dad and Others.

All performances will take place at  The PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard,  Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

The PGA Arts Center is located off RCA Blvd: on PGA Blvd, heading east, take the first right after passing I-95, at the Shell gas station, and then take the 3rd driveway on the right, into the shopping center.