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Preview: AUG 1 - AUG 3, 2023
Opening: AUG 4, 2023
Closing: AUG 26, 2023
ASL Performance: AUG 15, 2023

$25 Preview Performances
$45 Performances

Estimated run time: Approximately 100 minutes, no intermission

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
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

A quirky musical comedy about competition & coming of age.

Six spellers enter; one speller leaves a champion! At least the losers get a juice box and a hug from the comfort counselor.

In this quirky musical comedy, an eclectic group of pre-teens compete for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the contestants spell their way through hopes, dreams, and angst.

This Tony Award winning musical has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. A riotous ride, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.

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.


adult content advisory
advisory scale 2 of 6
sexual advisory
advisory scale 1 of 6
language advisory
advisory scale 2 of 6
Loud Noises advisory
advisory scale 1 of 6

Trigger Warning:
Olive's Dad is a no-show. Leaf's family makes fun of him: calls him dumb and not smart. Flashback to an allergic reaction to peanuts. Panch and Rona mispronounce Barfee's name a lot. Schwarzy's dad hates losers, made fun of for having 2 dads. Schwarzy has never met her mother. Barfee reveals that he has a real mother and a fake mother. Marcy reveals she hides in the bathroom cabinet, and she is not allowed to cry.
advisory scale 2 of 6 Adult Content: Schwarzy sings that Olive is pro-choice but is still a virgin. Mitch wants to beat the spellers up a bit, but it would violate parole. Marcy asks Jesus if he would be disappointed in her if she loses. Schwarzy makes a political speech. Olive sings about how her dad takes things out on her because her mom is not there. Schwarzy sings about how America hates losers. Panch cusses out a student. Rona takes out a restraining order on Panch.

advisory scale 1 of 6 Sexual Content: Chip sings about his erection.

advisory scale 2 of 6 Language: Language tally (approximate): Goddamn 2x. Retarded 1x. Damn 4x. Shut up 2x. Shit 1x. Jesus 1x. Hell 1x. Dumb 3x. Penis 1x. Idiots 1x. Moronic 1x.

advisory scale 2 of 6 Loud Noises: Bell and buzzer will ring loudly throughout the show

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