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Winter 2019 Production

The 25th Annual
Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music and Lyrics by WILLIAM FINN



Additional Material by Jay Reiss

Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine

Performances: 8pm Evening / 3pm Sunday Matinee

January 18, 19, 25, 26, 27 February 1, 2


The Presbyterian Education Center

64 Oswego Street

Baldwinsville, NY 13027

Directed/Music Directed by Colin Keating

Produced by Willow Eckel

Choreography by Brittany O'Reilly

Costumes by Jodi Wilson

Sound Design by Sean Connolly

Set Design by Henry Wilson


Starring: Christy Ashby, Josh Mele, Cameron Walker, Jennifer Pearson, Dan Williams, Ceara Windhausen, Natasia White, Kilian Crowley, and Ryan Sparkes.

Based upon the Rachel Sheinkin book, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn. The 2005 Broadway production, directed by James Lapine and produced by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company and Second Stage Theater, was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book.

Audience members are captivated as an eclectic group of sixth-graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee; bold and hyperallergic speller William Barfee uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her gay dads. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will have the audience falling in love, both with the show itself and its “perspicacious,” “jocular,” and “effervescent” spellers.

Celebrity Guest Spellers


Friday, January 18th


Ted Long- Host of Ted and Amy in the Morning on 93Q


Friday, January 25th

Glenn “Gomez” Adams - Host of Gomez and

Lisa in the Morning on TK99

Nick Pirro - Former Onondaga County Executive



Saturday, January 26th

Mark Baker - BTG Legend

Chris Baker – Reporter

Kris Denton – Baldwinsville Assistant Principal



Sunday, January 27th

Bob Brown – Theatre Stalwart and On Air Personality for

The Dinosaur 94.1/95.3/103.9 FM

Griffin Marriner – Post-Standard Spelling Bee Finalist



Friday, February 1st

Brandon Roth - CNYCentral Reporter

Sera Bullis - Local Musician, Songwriter and Performer



Saturday, February 2nd

Mary Tall - Distinguished BTG Performer

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