The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
A Studio Theatre Production
Music and lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional material by Jay Reiss
Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James L. Nederland, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre

April 9–12, 2013 Tuesday–Friday @ 8 p.m.

April 13, 2013 Saturday @ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Studio Theatre


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical set in the Putnam Valley Middle School, and features six pubescent contestants and three (un) qualified adults that proctor them. All of the contestants compete for the title, but only one proud winner can be left standing at the final curtain. Coming from all walks of life and social backgrounds, these six charmingly awkward contestants learn what friendship really means and that victory has more than just one definition. Contains adult language and themes.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212–541–4684 Fax: 212–397–4684 www.MTIShows.com

The Studio Theatre
The JMU School of Theatre and Dance provides students with pre–professional training opportunities as directors, playwrights, designers, actors, technicians and managers. In the Studio Theatre at the Forbes Center, student–produced works comprise the Experimental Theatre Series. In contrast to the faculty and guest–directed shows in the Forbes Center’s larger Mainstage Theatre, the Studio Theatre offers students a flexible, state–of–the–art theatre “laboratory” in which to develop their own work. In these student directed, designed, and acted performances, students explore the possibilities of staging and, occasionally, non–traditional approaches and scripts. Audiences are invited to come and experience the new and often thought–provoking work of tomorrow’s theatre professionals.

Ticket prices: $8. General Admission. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and 1½ hours prior to performance) or at the Studio Theatre Box Office 1 hour prior to each performance. Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.

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