April 17, 2013

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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“Can you spell H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S?”

Spelling Bee - Photo with titleGet out your dictionaries! Newington Mainstage is thrilled to be presenting the Tony Award winning musical comedy, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE – one of Broadway’s most buzzed about hits – for one weekend only, April 26-28, 2013!

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hip musical comedy which follows six young people in the throes of puberty, who are overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, as they learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. At each performance, four audience volunteers are selected and invited on stage to participate in the Bee, making each performance unique. The show’s Broadway run received critical praise, and was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical!

Join the hilarity, as we meet last year’s returning champion, Chip Tolentino (Ian Lynch-Passarelli), the young and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre (Emely Larson), the over-achieving Catholic School transfer Marcy Park (Katie Keough), the spastic, wide-eyed offspring of hippie parents, Leaf Coneybear (Ian Galligan), the enormously shy new comer Olive Ostrovsky (Rosanne Gowdy) and the allergy-plagued finalist from last year, William Barfee (Eric Michael Gray). PutnamCounty’s number-one realtor, and a former Spelling Bee Champion herself, Rona Lisa Perretti (Cindy Lesser) and the frustrated and neurotic Vice Principal Douglas Panch (Michael Cartwright) moderate the Bee, along with Mitch Mahoney (Garth West), an ex-convict doing his community service.

The show is directed by Kelly Boucher, with Music Direction by Mike Gowdy.

Newington Mainstage will present THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE April 26-28 (Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm) at the Newington Town Hall Auditorium (131 Cedar Street, Newington). Please note that parking & the auditorium entrance are located on Mazzaccoli Way/Mill Street with no direct access from Cedar Street – please visit our website for more information & detailed directions.

Tickets are $22.00 for general admission and $18.00 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting, by phone by calling toll-free 1-800-838-3006, or in person at The Jewelry WearHouse (2434 Berlin Turnpike, Newington). Please note that due to some adult language and content, neither of which is excessive, this performance is recommended for theatergoers age 12 and over.

Newington Mainstage: It’s Good Times. Seriously.

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