Genre: Musical
Directed by Will Lacker and Taryn Turney

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical about six young people fighting puberty, nerves, and competition to win the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Three adults who barely managed to escape childhood themselves oversee them. This hilarious show makes a hero out of every speller and they all learn that winning doesn’t mean everything and that losing doesn’t make you a loser. Each performance, four audience volunteers will be brought on stage to be a guest speller, which guarantees every show to be unique and full of unexpected experiences.

The Secret Theatre’s production is Co-Directed by Will Lacker and Taryn Turney.  The musical direction is by Steven McCasland and choreography by Jessica McCuiston.

The cast is composed of Richard Altmanshofer as Chip Tolentino, Ali Axelrad as Olive Ostrovsky, Keith Collins* as Vice Principal Douglas Panch, Brandon Hightower as Mitch Mahoney, Helen Kim as Marcy Park, Megan Kip as Rona Lisa Peretti, Michael Mendez* as William Barfee, Taryn Turney as Logainne Schwartzandgrubienerre, and Max Wolkowitz as Leaf Coneybear. (* Denotes Actor appears as a courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association).

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical based upon C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original play by The Farm. David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company, and Second Stage Theatre originally produced it on Broadway.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee features music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin. It was originally conceived by Rebecca Feldman with Additional Material by Jay Reiss.

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Open:   07/29/10
Close:   08/07/10

July 29, 30, & 31st at 8PM
August 1, 4, 5, 6, & 7th at 8PM
4PM matinee on August 7th
Theater:   Secret Theatre
Address:   4402 23rd Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
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