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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – May 2009

Music and lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Directed by Kimberley Shaw

Described by the New York Times as “i-r-r-e-s-i-s-t-i-b-l-e” and “o-u-t-r-a-g-e-o-u-s-l-y funny”,
this Tony-award winning musical follows the fortunes of six adolescents (played by adults) competing in the final stages of the Putnam County spelling competition. As these socially-awkward over-achievers learn about winning and losing, they are supported (or not) by equally idiosyncratic grown-ups.

All the archetypes are here, from overly-tutored and hot-housed children to pushy and overly ambitious parents. When it opened on Broadway on 2005, the show earned rave reviews and won two Tony awards, including Best Book of a Musical.
Rona Lisa Peretti Vicki Kirkman
Vice Principal Douglas Panch Chris Gerrish
Mitch Mahoney Manuao TeAotonga
Olive Ostrovsky Tammy Woolrych
William Barfée Lauchlan Bain
Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre Breeahn Jones
Marcy Park Jeanette Teh
Leaf Coneybear Tyler Jones
Chip Tolentino Joshua Brant