Nov. 11-19, 2011
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical that centers on that most competitive of all intellectual pursuits- the chance to advance to the National Spelling Bee finals in Washington DC. The slightly eccentric cast of over- (and under-) achievers face their fears, dreams and hopes as they spell their way to glorious success, or abject failure. This musical will not only delight audiences, it gives them a chance to participate. Four audience members will be selected each night to get up on stage and test their spelling ability.
Director and UTC Theatre faculty member Gaye Jeffers says, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a great new musical that explores the ups and downs of a group of kids and a trio of adult. The beauty of the musical is that through song and movement we catch glimpses into how each character defines ‘winning’. It’s a great combination of hilariously uplifting songs and surprisingly sincere revelations. It is a truly wonderful night of musical theatre.”
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee features the talents of UTC students Savannah Daigle, Michael Haggarty, Stephanie Hirsh, Alex Whittle, Megan Cobb, Brandon McCravy, Nicole Pavol, Maggie McNulty and Blake Harris. Tim Hinck provided musical direction and will conduct the orchestra. UTC Theatre faculty member Steve Ray designed the set and props. Award-winning UTC costume designer Sydney Roberts fashioned the costumes, and UTC Theatre faculty member John R. Burgess designed the lighting and led the technical direction. Guest scenic artist Dottie Mae Youell painted the set and resident Technical Specialist Larry Brick supervised construction.