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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

By William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin

Directed by Cary Mitchell, Music Directed by Vera Allen

An eclectic group of six students 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.

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.

Performances: Thursday, March 3rd- 7:30 PM (Student night- $5.00 admission for students)
Friday, March 4th- 7:30 PM; Saturday, March 5th- 7:30 PM
Location:  High school or new middle school gym, TBA

 

COMPANY:

RONA LISA PERETTI-
Janira Skrbkova

DOUGLAS PANCH- Walter Donahue

CHIP TOLENTINO- Sev Mahdasian

LOGAINNE SCHWARZANDGRUNIERRE- Anna Frost

LEAF CONEYBEAR- Meeka Reese

WILLIAM BARFEE- Carter Black

MARCY PARK- Ella Richards

OLIVE OSTROVSKY- Julia Heren

MITCH MAHONEY- Alex Gallagher

SCHWARZY’S PARENTS- Maura Branum; Maria Sipes

 

ENSEMBLE- (Spellers/Parents/Siblings*, Understudies**)

Soren Larsen

Ali Hamm

Anna Smith

Silas Grey

Vivi Duckworth

Sophia Szabo-Ramsey

Ellie Turner

Alayna Lee

Mia Smith

Daria Shirazi

Nico Debelak

Lorelei Campbell

Ellie Butz

 

CO-CHOREOGRAPHER- Bella Olvera

 

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR- Maria Sipes

 

PRODUCER- Maura Branum

 

STAGE MANAGERS- Giavanna Cantelmo; Viessa Cantelmo

 

TECHNICAL DIRECTORS- Icarus Rodriguez; Griffin Rosinski

 

LIGHTS/SOUND- Felix Allen; Dylan Koprowski; Soren Larsen; Meeka Reese; Malik Shraim; Ayla Iisaka 

 

RUN CREW- Felix Allen; Dylan Koprowski; Malik Shraim

 

SCENIC/CONSTRUCTION- Walter Donahue; Soren Larsen; Icarus Rodriguez; Griffin Rosinski; 

Carter Black; Ella Richards; Ayla Iisaka; Ronan Hayes

 

ART DIRECTORS- Lorene Tingler; Lorelei Campbell

 

ART/DESIGN- Ellie Turner; Silas Grey; Maria Bova; Masha Efanova; Keelyn Stackhouse; Cami Akers; Daria Shirazi; Alayna Lee; Janira Skrbkova; Annabel Dimes

 

PROPS- Maura Branum; Alex Gallagher; Sev Mahdasian; Peyton Debelak; Daria Shirazi

 

COSTUMES- Nico Debelak; Peyton Debelak; Olivia Schweinhagen; Mia Smith; Anna Smith; Masha Efanova; Keelyn Stackhouse; Cami Akers; Filippo Ganesan; Alayna Lee

 

MAKEUP- Abbie Kahl; Anna Frost; Ali Hamm; Keelyn Stackhouse

 

OUTREACH/MEDIA- Ali Hamm; Vivi Duckworth; Julia Heren; Ellie Butz; Sophia Szabo-Ramsey

 

FRONT OF HOUSE- Annabel Dimes, Bella Olvera; Lorene Tingler; Filippo Ganesan; Maria Bova;

 

NOTES ON ENSEMBLE-

*Spellers/Parents/Siblings- every ensemble member will have a character.  Some are indicated in the script (Leaf’s family) and others will be assigned (various parents) and/or created (eliminated spellers) at early rehearsals.  Regardless of placement in ensemble, there will be a lot to sing for everyone and some full-company ensemble numbers.

**Understudies- we will assign understudies for every principal role.  Though not guaranteed a performance, understudies are especially necessary in these Covid times.  Understudies will not be required at every rehearsal and will be assigned at an early meeting pending availability/interest.  

 

PRODUCTION STAFF:

DIRECTOR:  Cary Mitchell

MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR:  Vera Allen  

COSTUME DESIGNER:   Emily Meister 
PROPS DESIGNER:  

SOUND/LIGHT DESIGNER:  Mitch Hyde

HAIR/MAKEUP: 
REHEARSAL ACCOMPANIST:  Aaron Dvorak

 

PIT COMBO:
Aaron Dvorak- keyboard
Dave Lehnus- woodwinds
TBA