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Music & Lyrics by William Finn Book By Rachel Sheinkin Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

 Additional Material by Jay Reiss Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine Originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre  Based upon C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original play by The Farm. ‘The Barrington Stage Company workshop of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE was originally co-directed by Michael Barakiva and Rebecca Feldman.


Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. 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.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents 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. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for high schools or community theatres. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2019) Performances

  • Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 @ 2 pm & 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 14, 2019 @ 2 pm

Janice B. Streeter Theatre
14 Court Street
Nashua NH


Spelling Bee Cast

Cast list is here

Production Staff

  • Director/Choreographer  Mathew Zielonko
  • Music Director/Choreographer – Judy Hayward
  • Producer – Charles Emmons
  • Technical Director – Craig Brennan
  • Stage Manager – Kae Ryenne
  • Assistant Stage Manager – Sam Campanella
  • Lighting Design – Madeline Burke, Mentor Ricky Brooks
  • Sound Design – Gretchen and Ken Gray
  • Set Design  – Angelica Rosenthal, Mathew Zielonko, Craig Brennan
  • Set Construction/Painting – Maddy Kenny, Tammy Lane,Matt Smith, Janine Leffler, Danielle Poirier
  • Stage Crew –  Colin Malette, Sam Campanella, Mackenzie Goodwin
  • Costume Design – Robbie Chubbuck
  • Properties – Mackenzie Goodwin
  • Hair & Makeup – Kae Ryenne, Cast
  • Publicity – Logan Higgins, Richell O’Hearn, Matthew Zielonko, Mackenzie Goodwin
  • Lobby Display – MacKenzie Goodwin
  • Photography –  Mathew Zielonko
  • House Manager – Howie Levine
  • Program Ads Coordinator  Charles Emmons
  • Sponsorship Coordinator – Charles Emmons
  • Tickets – Dave Miller
  • Program Set-up – Maddy Kenny
  • Graphic Design – MacKenzie Goodwin
  • Transportation – Alyse Savage
  • After Glow – Courtney Gillis, Alyse Savage
  • Audition Board – Chuck Emmons (Chair), Matt Zielonko, Jesse Drake, Angelica Rosenthal, Tim Jones, Jo-Ann Zall, Pam Bruckman
  • Audition Helpers – Sarah Desaulniers, Chris Wenrich, Sarah Wenrich,  Alleah Rosatano


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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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