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TheatreUSF Presents the musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

TheatreUSF Presents the Musical
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Nov 9 – 10 and 15 – 17 at 7:30pm
Nov 11, 18 at 3pm,  Theatre 1

Music and Lyrics by William Finn , Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Materials by Jay Reiss,
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Directed by Douglas S. Hall

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Welcome to The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the hilarious musical version of everyone's school nightmare.

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee won the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book.  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. At least the losers get a juice box.

Originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo; Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre. 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre international (MTI).

photo credit: Laura Lyon

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