Spelling Bee is a wildly hilarious take on adolescence, parenting, teachers, and the P-A-N-D-E-M-O-N-I-U-M of the world of competitive spelling bees. We step into the Putnam County school hall, where the air crackles with anticipation and nerves are on edge. As the bright lights shine down on our contestants, the stage comes alive with the unique and comical stories of six quirky, yet relatable, mid-pubescent teens on a quest for glory in the ultimate spelling showdown. But which speller will avoid the soul-crushing ‘ding’ of the bell that signals the end of their time in the competition?
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, Spelling Bee is a riotous ride that combines the raw excitement of a competition with a heartfelt exploration of identity, friendship, and the triumph of the human spirit. With its fast-paced wit and vibrant score, this is an unforgettable and unexpectedly heart-warming experience not to be missed.
Not seen on a professional Australian stage since the 2006 Melbourne and Sydney productions that saw stage superstars such as Magda Szubanski and David Campbell bring this hilarious show to life, it’s time to relive the magic in an entirely new way.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is presented by September Remedy Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co
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Director: Dash Kruck
Musical Director: Abi McCunn
Choreographer: Vi Lam
Resident Director: Kira Leiva
Set Designer: Monique Langford
Costume Designer: Adrienne Andrews
Lighting Designer: Lucia Haddad
Sound Designer: Sam Cheng
Production Manager: Rebecca Kellahan
Stage Manager: Grace Sackman
Assistant Stage Manager: Hana Barn
Production Assistant: Jude Keane
Producers: Kayla French and Sarah Isaacs
Music and Lyrics by: William Finn
Book by: Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by: Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by: Jay Reiss
Starring: Axel Duffy, James Haxby, Adeline Hunter, Jessica Kok, Nathaniel Laga’aia, Rebecca Ordíz, Matthew Predny, Daniel Raso, Katrina Retallick, Cypriana Singh and Tyran Stig
September 8th, 2023
October 1st, 2023
Hayes Theatre Co
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