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Inspirational Drama

Akeelah and the Bee

February 7 - 23, 2025

Cantey V. Sutton Theatre (Reserved Seating)

Akeelah has a crazy passion for words: the more abstruse and labyrinthine, the better. But this gift is almost overwhelmed by the challenge of her daily life in a tough, Chicago neighborhood. Akeelah’s aptitude earns her a spot in the National Spelling Bee, which inspires the people in her neighborhood with her courage and tenacity.

Adapted for the stage by Cheryl L. West
Based on the original screenplay by Doug Atchison

Produced by special arrangements with Plays for New Audiences

Sensory-Friendly Performance | February 15 at 2:00 p.m.

Sensory-friendly performances are designed especially for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities, or other disabilities. Sensory-friendly seating is general admission allowing individuals extra space if needed. To provide a supportive and welcoming environment for children and families, sensory-friendly performances include:

  • Reduction of loud or jarring sounds
  • Reductions in flashing or strobe lights
  • Modification of the house lights during the performance
  • Accommodated house rules: audience members are free to talk or move during the show
  • Extra staff and volunteer support
  • Designated “Take a Break Space”

Prepare for your visit!

Ticket Information

Tickets on sale July 1 @ noon

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Runtime is approximately 2 hours, including one intermission.

Show Times:

  • Fridays at 7:30pm
  • Saturdays at 2:00pm & 5:30pm
  • Sundays at 2:00pm

Single ticket prices, excluding tax and fees:

  • Adult: $20
  • Children (12 and under): $16

A ticket is required for all patrons, regardless of age.

Accessibility Information

  • All performances are wheelchair accessible.

  • Assistive listening devices are available for all performances.

  • Audio description for those with visual disabilities. Audio described performance date TBA soon.