Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tony Award Winner Opens at Civic Theatre this Friday, Sept. 18!

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre: September 18 - October 4

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is proud to be the first community theatre in the country to bring the orthographic musical musings of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to the community stage. Our audience will witness six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.

But more than bearing witness, our audience will be asked to participate! During each Spelling Bee performance, four audience members are needed on stage to participate in the bee with the rest of the cast! If you think you have good spelling skills and want to test your vocabulary prowess, sign up in the Civic lobby prior to each performance. Selected audience members will compete with characters Olive Ostrovsky, Leaf Coneybear, Chip Tolentino, Marcy Park, William Barfee, and Logainne Schwarzandgrubenierre as Vice Principal Panch gives you words to spell and Rona Lisa Peretti, Realtor and former bee champion, serves as commentator. "it adds an element of surprise to the show. Every night is different," added Director Penelope Notter.

Whether you play the role of audience member or choose to participate as a Spelling Bee contestant, you'll love this hilarious tale of overachievers' angst. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.

Join us for this musical comedy that chronicles experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

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