The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Student-Directed Theater Production
BEVERLY, MA – Get ready for the competition of a lifetime! The Endicott College Drama Club presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn (music and lyrics) and Rebecca Sheinkin (book). This hit musical took Broadway by storm in 2005 and is now one of the most popular musicals of our time.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee takes place at Tia's Theater, Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly on Thursday, November 3 at 7:30 pm; Friday, November 4 at 7:30 pm; and Saturday, November 5 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. General Admission is $5.
In this raucous and hilarious musical, set in the "middle school gymnasium," audiences will delight in watching six young students compete for the chance to be champion of the spelling bee: Chip, the bee's defending champion; William Barfee, last year's disaster; Leaf Coneybear, the free spirit who didn't actually get to the finals by winning; Olive Ostrovsky, the soft-spoken brainiac; Marcy Park, the brilliant competitor who can do just about anything; and Logainne Shwartzandgrubenniere, the bee's youngest competitor. Helping these children through the trials and tribulations of competitive spelling are the bee's directors Rona Lisa Peretti, Vice Principal Panch, and the "comfort counselor," Mitch Mahoney.
But audiences shouldn't expect to watch idly as these kids compete to be the best. Each performance, four lucky audience volunteers are invited on stage to compete to win the prize. So come to Endicott College with your spelling caps on and get ready to win!
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is directed by Endicott College Junior Katie Clarke of Edgartown, MA, and Sophomore Felicia Frank of Weymouth, MA. Musical direction by Sarah Evans. Joining them as the cast are Endicott College students Susan Bradford, Haley DesJardins, Devin Lee, Patrick Likely, Grant McCarthy, Sarah Pavalec, and Amy Zylberman. Joining the talented students are local actors Steve Atwater (Endicott College graduate from Manchester, MA) and Bobby Imperato (of Saugus, MA).
Tickets for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee can be purchased at www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts , or by calling the Box Office at (978) 998-7700. $5 general admission and free for Endicott College GullCard holders. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is not recommended for very young audiences due to some adult content. For more information about the performances or the Center for the Arts, please contact Becca Kenneally, Chair of the Endicott College Performing Arts Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (978) 232-2397; or you can visit the Endicott College Center for the Arts webpage at www.endicott.edu/centerfortheart
Top Row: Patrick Likely, Amy Zylberman, Devin Lee, Steven Atwater, Bobby Imperato, Grant McCarthy
Bottom Row: Sarah Pavalec Haley DesJardins, Susan Bradford