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Summer Place Theatre
Naperville Central High School, 440 Aurora Ave, Naperville, Illinois 60567
Summer Place Theatre, Naperville's community theatre since 1966, is proud to open our 51st season with «The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee» from June 16-25, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, with music & lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, and additional material by Jay Reiss. Performances are at Naperville Central High School.
This 2005 Tony award-winning musical invites lucky audience members on stage to participate in the hallowed middle school tradition of spelling complicated words while trying to suppress thoughts of cute classmates, family drama, and self-doubt.
The story follows spellers Olive, Logainne, Leaf, Marcy, Barfee, and Chip, who show varying levels of skill and interest in participating. For example, Leaf is certain he doesn’t know any of the words given to him, but a strange trance overtakes him each time it’s his turn at the microphone, causing him to advance against all odds. Barfee is a champion with an unusual technique that makes him unstoppable. Marcy doesn’t envision a world where she isn’t the best, and Logainne’s dads feel the same way about their daughter. Chip would be a great contestant if there weren’t a hot girl in the front row.
Meanwhile, the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is moderated by a nostalgic former champion, Rona Lisa Peretti; a surly word pronouncer named Panch who has little patience for the young contestants; and comfort counselor Mitch Mahoney, whose presence is required by his community service mandate.
Director: Jake Ganzer
Vocal Director: Eric Downs
Music Director: Emma Gingold
Producers: Jeff Sand, Steve Zeidler
Technical Director: Tina Goings
Alexandra Alontaga — Marcy Park
Jonathan Booth — Vice Principal Panch / Olive's Dad
Abi Bradshaw — Swing
Christina Duris — Olive Ostrovsky
Mitchell Kinn — William Barfée / Carl Dad
Sam Martin — Leaf Coneybear / Dan Dad
Eliseo Martinez- Chip Tolentino / Jesus
Meg McGarry — Rona Lisa Peretti / Olive's Mom
Emrose Seidenberg — Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre
Markos Smith — Swing
Zenia Walker — Mitch Mahoney
For more information, check out our website: tinyurl.com/SPT25SB
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. MTIShows.com