March 2–11, 2018
Casa del Prado Theatre

Written by Cheryl L. West
Based on the Book by Doug Atchison


Junior Theatre’s 70th Season, 2017-2018

Akeelah and the Bee

Akeelah and the Bee tells the story of a spunky 11-year-old girl whose razor-sharp mind just might take her all the way from the Chicago projects to the finals of the National Spelling Bee. An inspiring story that celebrates diversity, friendship and the triumph of the human spirit.

Akeelah has a crazy passion for words: the more abstruse and labyrinthine, the better. But this gift is almost overwhelmed by the challenge of her daily life in a tough, Chicago neighborhood. Akeelah’s aptitude earns her a spot in the National Spelling Bee, which inspires the people in her neighborhood with her courage and tenacity.

A Junior Theatre Premiere!

For Ages 12 and olderRecommended for audiences 12 and older due to mature humor and themes.

Upcoming Performances

Presented through special arrangement with Plays for Young Audiences, a Partnership of Seattle Children’s Theatre and Children’s Theatre Company Minneapolis, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Akeelah and the Bee was first presented by The Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, for their 2015-2016 Season. Production sponsored in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department, and the County of San Diego.