Winter 2019 Production
The 25th Annual
Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and Lyrics by WILLIAM FINN
Book by RACHEL SHEINKIN
Conceived by REBECCA FELDMAN
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.
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Adults: $28 Students/Seniors (62+): $24
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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 – Syracuse.com 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