The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Musical




Overview


Synopsis

An eclectic group of six-graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee; Bold and hyperallergic speller William Barfee uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her gay dads. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition. With an engaging, tuneful score by William Finn and a sweet, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee causes audiences to fall in love, both with the show itself and its “perspicacious,” “jocular,” and “effervescent” spellers.


Characters

Male

Lead

Tenor

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano

Female

Supporting

Mezzo-Soprano



Show Information

Music:
Lyrics:
Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
1 Act
First Produced:
2005
Genres
Comedy
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
a middle school gymnasium, putnam county, ny, present
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Small
Dancing
Musical Staging
Ideal For
schools, high schools, community theatre, small groups, ensemble cast
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult characters

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