The Emanon Players of Absegami High School are T-H-R-I-L-L-E-D to present the heartwarming production of the two-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Audiences will enjoy the fun Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd at 7:00 PM and on Sunday, November 24th at 3:00 PM in the Absegami High School Performing Arts Center in Galloway Township.
Featuring witty and endearing music and lyrics by William Finn and a delightful book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a tuneful, clever and uproarious tale that follows the story of six over-achieving and quirky adolescents vying for a spelling championship, overseen by equally colorful adults. Through the ups and downs of the bee they’re forced to learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. The comical bar is raised exponentially as four volunteer audience members get the opportunity to become part of the action as an on-stage bee contestant.
Featured in the play as the six spellers are junior Colleen Garrison, sophomore Michael Moore, junior Isabelle Brown, senior Joshua Wescoat, junior Nicholas Hathaway and sophomore Abby Cohen. Playing the adults are senior Gabrielle Hughes, junior Nathan Moore and senior Frankie Chisholm. Rounding out the cast are Malia Monk, Brady Bock, Aaron Sartorio, Brandon Castillo, Saverio Turrano, Jess Schrading, Samantha Hickman, C. J. Coyle, Lexi Patterson, Kyri Saint-Germain, Ashley Fox and Rachel Cohen. The production is under the direction of Absegami drama teacher Chip Garrison, with musical direction by GTMS music/drama teacher Brian Conover and choreography by Absegami school psychologist Katie Taylor and student Ashley Fox.
Created through a workshop process, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opened Off-Broadway where it became an instant success thanks to universal rave reviews and incredible buzz. The show eventually moved to Broadway where it ran for 3 years. Nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, it won two Tony’s, including Best Book of a Musical. The New York Times raved asking, “Can you spell i-r-r-e-s-i-s-t-i-b-l-e? Spelling Bee is riotously funny and remarkably ingenious. Gold stars all around.” The Wall Street Journal called the production “…perfect in every possible way – that rarity of rarities, a super-smart musical that is also a bona fide crowd-pleaser. An ingenious blend of simplicity and sophistication, it’s not merely funny, it’s wise.”
General admission tickets for the production are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and will be old on the dates of the production. For information, call (609) 404-2073 x3502 or visit the Absegami website at www.absegami.net. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee does feature adult themes; parental guidance is suggested.