25th annual putnam county spelling bee
March 15–18, 2018
Casa del Prado Theatre

Music and Lyrics by William Finn.
Book by Rachel Sheinkin.
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman.
Additional Material by Jay Reiss.
Based on C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original play by The Farm.


Junior Theatre’s 70th Season, 2017-2018

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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.

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Music and Lyrics by William Finn. Book by Rachel Sheinkin. Conceived by Rebecca Feldman. Additional Material Jay Reiss. Based upon C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original play by The Farm. 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. The Barrington Stage Company workshop of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was originally co-directed by Michael Barakiva and Rebecca Feldman. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684. Fax: 212-397-4684. www.MTISHows.com. Production sponsored in part by the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and the County of San Diego.