The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
August 6 - 29, 2010
RLT Sutton Main Stage Theatre (Reserved Seating)
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Materials by Jay Reiss
Originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo
Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre
Read the review by Susie Potter.
Read the preview by Robert McDowell.
See the photos from the show in our Photo Archive.
Today’s lesson: winning isn’t everything and losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. The word for this show, direct from Broadway, is W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L. Six young people in the throes of puberty compete for the title of Spelling Champion of Putnam County Middle School: the painfully shy Olive Ostrovsky, whose mother has abandoned her to join an ashram in India; William Barfée, the sinus-challenged former finalist with a most unusual spelling technique; Logainne Schwarzandgrubenierre, a politically aware speller with two gay dads and a lisp; Leaf Coneybear, the second runner up to the bee who is constantly told by his family that he is “not that smart;” Chip Tolentino, a boy scout at the mercy of his unfortunately timed hormones; and Marcy Park, a classic Type-A personality who learns that it is ok not to be the best at everything. For each performance four audience volunteers will be recruited to participate on-stage as guest spellers. Winner of two 2005 Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical.
Suitable for teen and adult audiences.
Director: Rod Rich
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the RLT Box Office at 919-821-3111.
First Sunday: $12 for all
Note: Students are up to and including college. Seniors are age 62 and up.
Dates and Times:
Aug 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28 at 8:00pm
Aug 8, 15, 22 & 29 at 3:00pm
For more information, please contact the RLT Box Office on 919-821-3111.
In order of appearance:
- Rona Lisa Perretti: Carly Prentis Jones
- Chip Tolentino: Jon Karnofsky
- Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere: Adrienne Morton
- Leaf Coneybear: Jon Todd
- William Barfée: Jeffrey Vizcaino
- Marcy Park: Aurelia Belfield
- Olive Ostrovsky: Mary Reilly
- Douglas Panch: Jason Matthews
- Mitch Mahoney: David Adams
All performances are wheelchair accessible.
Assistive listening devices are available for all performances.
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. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com
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