Players of Utica present ‘The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

Mary Dziekowicz, Zack Balkcom, James McNeil, Kayla McGallian (on the floor), Bob Mortis, Shane Archer Reed (above), Shinae Garceau (below), Andrew T Frank

Players of Utica opens its 105th season with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Nick Abounader directs this highly entertaining, and very amusing musical by Rachel Skeinkin and William Finn, with musical direction by Bonnie Hibbard. This is the first of three musicals scheduled for the 2017-18 season, a departure from the usual genre mix for a Players season. Subscriptions and single tickets are available for purchase online anytime or at the box office during performances.

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; only one speller leaves a winner! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant audience favorite.

SHOW DATES/TIMES:

  • Sept. 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 24 at 2 p.m.

PURCHASE TICKETS:

TICKET COSTS:

  • $20 regular admission
  • $17 senior admission
  • $10 student admission (valid ID required)
  • ($2 from each ticket sale goes directly to the Capital Fund)

CAST:

Rona Lisa Perreti………………………….Caitland Martin

Vice Principle Douglas Panch………..Bob Mortis

Mitch Mahoney…………………………….Zach Balkcom

Oliva Ostrovsky……………………………Kayla McGallian

Marcy Park………………………………….Shinae Garceau

William Morris Barfee……………………Shane Archer Reed

Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre…Mary Dziekowicz

Leaf Coneybear…………………………….Andrew T Frank

Charlito “Chip” Tolentino……………….James McNeil

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