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.
Directed by SRU Theatre Department Professor, David Skeele, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee runs Feb. 28-29, Mar. 3-5 at 7:30 pm and Mar. 1 at 2 pm in the University Union MPR, located on the SRU campus. Tickets are $12 for SRU students with ID and $15 general admission. Saturday, Feb. 29 is Community Night and all tickets are $12! Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the Robert M. Smith Student Center Information Desk or online at www.sru.edu/tickets (with a $1 convenience fee). An hour before each performance, tickets are only available at the University Union MPR Box Office. This production is recommended for mature audiences.