Grab a D-I-C-T-I-O-N-A-R-Y and welcome to the spelling bee. This heartfelt musical comedy follows an eclectic group of tweens who compete 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 “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Eight spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.
Congratulations to the cast of Summer @ Civic Academy’s production of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE.
Rona Lisa Peretti/Olive’s Mom: Nicole Ostlie
Vice Principal Douglas Panch: Ryan Wasson
Mitch Mahoney/Olive’s Dad/Schwartzy’s Dad (Carl): Tyson Fletcher
Olive Ostrovsky/Leaf Sibling: Siena Lotrario
William Morris Barfée/Leaf Sibling: Declan Sheehan
Logainne “Schwartzy” SchwartzandGrubenierre/Leaf’s Mom: Josephine Kahler
Marcy Park/Leaf Sibling: Mairead Kahler
Leaf Coneybear: Josh White
Charlito “Chip” Tolentino/Leaf Sibling: Danny Post
Jesus/Leaf’s Dad/Schwartzy Dad (Dan): Colin Sheehan
Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Music Directed by Tonya Ballman
August 11 – 19, 2023
Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre
Rated: PG-13 for language (small number of profanities and vulgarities) and themes (including one character’s puberty-related (embarrassing) anatomical dilemma). While largely a fantastically funny and heartfelt look at a group of elementary schoolers on the cusp of adolescence, some themes may be mature for some young patrons.
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