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Spelling Bee poster

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music and lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

November 10-13 and 17-20 at the Norway Grange

directed by Kristen Searles

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; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

Cast of Spelling Bee

Front: Gabrielle Beaudoin, Janelle Raven, Zack Balkcom. Middle: Kristen Searles Brackett, Scott Parsons, Rachel Potter. Back: Camden Colby, Karianna Merrill, Aaron Skolfield.

Chip TolentinoCamden Colby
Logainne SchwartzandgrubenierreGabrielle Beaudoin
Leaf ConeybearAaron Skolfield
William BarfeeZack Balkcom
Marcy ParkKarianna Merrill
Olive OstrovskyJanelle Raven
Rona Lisa PerettiKristen Searles Brackett
Vice Principal Douglas PanchScott Parsons
Michele 'Mitch' MahoneyRachel Potter

Director, WoodwindsJoshua Witham
PianoDanielle Tran
DrumsRick McAlister
CelloNatalie Veilleux

ProducersConnie Allen, Stephenie Michaud, Sarah Porter, Jon Potter, Shelly Shibles
DirectorKristen Searles Brackett
Music DirectorJoshua Witham
Stage ManagerMary Ellen Cafiso
StagehandBrandon Therriault
ChoreographyMaren Pinkham
Rehearsal pianistDanielle Tran
Lights/SoundJeremy Smith
Set designKristen Searles Brackett
Set constructionNorman Hutchins, Aaron Skolfield, Shelly Shibles, Kristen Searles Brackett
Set decoratingShelly Shibles, Claire Sessions
CostumerJudi Foster
House ManagerStephenie Michaud
Graphic designJenny Adams
Program advertising coordinatorsTerry Cole, Mary Louque
PhotographyEthan McNerney, Aaron Skolfield
The Spellers
The adults watch Olive spell

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