Jun 02

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

LOCATION - The Centre
DATE: 2nd to 3rd Jun 2017 - TIME: 19:30 til 22:00
Theatre & Stage
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Still Stage Struck Theatre Company Penzance are delighted to be staging the hilarious Tony Award-winning musical ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ at The Centre, Newlyn on June 2nd and 3rd at 7.30pm with a matinee on the 3rd at 2.00pm This Cornish Premiere is brought to you by the same team who staged the hugely successful Avenue Q last spring. Still Stage Struck are constantly attempting new and exciting ventures and an unusual aspect of this show is that four audience members are invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six young competitors.

An eclectic group of six-graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet, shy and lonely Olive (Jodie Roberts), neglected by her busy parents (Pete Matthew and Maria Roberts) yet desperate for them to notice her, brings herself to the Bee; Bold and hyperallergic speller William Barfee (Anton Saunders) uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; former Bee champion Chip (Chris Blewett) is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted and accident prone Leaf (Tim Williams) is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy (Katy Roberts) is disappointed by her easy and consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre (Chloe Way) only really wants to impress her two dads (Chris Blewett and Adrian Chivers). In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition guided by former National Spelling Bee Champion Miss Rhona Peretti (Emma Stewart), reluctant spellmaster Vice Principal Panch (Pete Matthew) and the Comfort Counsellor on Community Service, Michele Mahoney (Marie Foster).

With an engaging, tuneful score by William Finn and a sweet, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin, this show is guaranteed to have audiences laughing from beginning to end. ‘It certainly cured my jet lag…twice’ said director Judith Nicholls ‘And it remains one of my very favourite musicals. I’m delighted to have the talented cast needed to stage this deceptively challenging show and very proud of what we have on offer. It’s a show not to be missed – a great night out!’

Tickets priced at £7 for adults (Matinee £6 ) and £5 for young people aged 16 and under (Matinee £4) (the show is not recommended for children aged 7 or under) can be pre booked with Annette on 01736 368953 or purchased on the door. Group rates are available.

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