VI Department of Theatre will present the delightful musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” conceived by Rebecca Feldman, music & lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheikin with additional material by Jay Reiss.
Performances are April 10, 11, 12 at 7:30 pm and April 13 at 2:30 pm in Trayer Theatre in the Ann Worrell Fine Arts Center.
The story line: Six overachieving but charming adolescent outcasts compete for a coveted championship but learn that winning isn’t everything and losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.
Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Book, this show presents a unique twist: volunteers are invited from the audience to participate in each performance ensuring a fresh and surprising comedy each time.
The production is directed by Bonny Gable, Associate Professor of Theatre at VI, with musical direction by Schery Collins, technical direction by Will Hankins, VI Convocation Director, and additional accompaniment by Diane Thomas and Carnell Cross. The cast includes VI theatre majors Mary Hannah Garber of Boones Mill, VA as Logainne and the show’s choreographer, Chris Hobbs of Bristol, VA as Mitch, Stephanie McIntyre of Stuart, VA as Olive, Will Duff of Roanoke, VA as Chip. The cast is rounded out by VI students Morgan Rich of Fayetteville, NC as Coneybear, Brey Warren of Wilmington, NC as Marcy, VI Alums Ryan Gray as Barfee and Tascha Carlucci as Rona, and Becca Litton of Abingdon, VA as Panch. Stage management is provided by VI theatre major Salonia Thorn of Ellenboro, NC with VI students Shelby Gage, Stephanie Nix and Avian Schmigiel on technical crew.
General Admission tickets, on sale at the door, are $12 for Adults, $10 for Senior Citizens and $5 for Students. “Spelling Bee” contains some adult content and is recommended for audiences ages 13 and over. For more information contact Bonny Gable at 276-466-7973 or firstname.lastname@example.org.