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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – EXTENDED!

August 11 - 27, 2022

RLT’s Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre (General Admission)

**The August 19 performance of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was canceled due to rain. Two additional performances have been added on Friday, August 26, and Saturday, August 27! Ticket holders for the August 19 performance were sent an email with further instructions on how to receive an exchange or refund. If you did not receive that email, please contact our box office.**


An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie 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, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

Directed by Nancy Rich

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. www.mtishows.com

Click here to access the Spelling Bee program!

Please plan to follow RLT’s current COVID safety guidelines at the time of the performance.

Beat the heat at the Bee!

We are happy to have local vendors present at all performances of Spelling Bee to offer refreshing frozen treats for sale! Please see the current schedule below:

Schedule is subject to change.

You are welcome to bring your own picnic and non-alcoholic drinks as well. Please note our concession stand will be closed. See the detailed rules below regarding what can be brought in.


Thanks to our show sponsor, North State Bank.

Additional thanks to our Media Sponsor, The News & Observer.

Attending a performance in the Amphitheatre

Since the amphitheatre is part of a City of Raleigh park, please adhere to the following rules:

  • You are welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages
  • The theatre reserves the right to check coolers for outside alcohol
  • No open flames or candles (including citronella candles)
  • No glass bottles allowed
  • Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash and be well-behaved

Bringing blankets or chairs makes seating more comfortable. Lawn chairs or folding chairs work well. There is grass between the concrete benches, and chairs fit well in that space.

Indoor restroom facilities, which are wheelchair accessible, are available at the Main Stage lobby entrance. Porta-johns, which are also wheelchair accessible, are located to the left of the stage near the ramp.

The RLT parking lot will only be open to vehicles with disability parking placards as well as limited parking in the front half of the lot for anyone. The RLT staff parking lot is only for drop off of patrons with wheelchairs or mobility issues – no parking. You may park on the street where signposted.

In the event of a weather cancellation, all ticket holders will be notified via email with as much notice as possible. We will do our best to reschedule all ticket holders into future performances, subject to ticket availability. Anyone affected by a weather cancellation also has the option to receive a full refund or donate their ticket cost to RLT.

Ticket Information

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Runtime is approximately 100 minutes with no intermission. This show contains adult language and situations and is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Show Times:

  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00pm

Single ticket prices, excluding tax and fees:

  • Adult: $27
  • Senior/Student: $23

Seniors are age 62 and up. Students are through college.

Please plan to follow RLT’s current COVID safety guidelines at the time of the performance.

Cast List

Chip Tolentino
Ryan Vasconcellos
Leaf Coneybear
Jared Scott
William Barfee
Nicholas Davis
Olive Ostrovsky
Callie Colvard
Marcy Park
Maya Noor Saib
Logainne (Schwarzy)
Sydney Kain
Rona Lisa Perretti
Jess Hill
VP Douglas Panch
Steve Pysnik
Mitch Mahoney
Ben Muller

Accessibility Information

  • All performances are wheelchair accessible. Drop off for patrons in wheelchairs is in the staff lot adjacent to the Rose Garden, which is accessible from the intersection of Pogue & Everett Streets.

  • Audio description for those with visual disabilities. The Saturday, August 20, performance at 8:00pm will be described.