The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman| Book by Rachael Sheinkin| Music & Lyrics by William Finn| Additional Material by Jay Reiss| Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine| Directed by Fiona Vail| By arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)
Monday, 17th September, 2018 – Saturday, 22nd September, 2018, 8.00pm
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences worldwide with its effortless wit and humour. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this Bee is one unforgettable experience.
Played by adults, an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents compete for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one winner leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.
Olive – Sallie-Anne Hurst
Marcy – Claire Sheehy
Schwarzy – Claire Goad
Rona – Fiona Vail
Mitch – Emma Berryman
Coneybear – Jessica Vautier
Chip – James Ward
William Barfee – Chris Raven
Vice Principal Panch – Richard Trantom
Additional Speller – Susannah Otley
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