“Can I have a definition please?”
The swirl of vocabulary words. The thumping of the heart. The glare of the audience. And at stake…the chance of a lifetime. A group of adolescent kids vie for the title of spelling bee Champion in a hilarious, heart-warming snapshot of the terrors and pleasures of growing up. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves. At least the losers get a juice box.
In this exciting new collaboration, Swarthmore Departments of Theatre and Music & Dance come together to produce the Broadway musical hit THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, with Music & Lyrics by William Finn and Book by Rachel Sheinkin.
Directed by Alex Torra with Set Design by Matt Saunders, Costume Design by Laila Swanson, Lighting Design by James P. Murphy, and Sound Design by Liz Atkinson. Musical Direction by Shira Samuels-Shragg, Choreography by Dan Dunn, and Vocal Coaching by Rachel Camp.
Originally conceived by Rebecca Feldman with additional material by Jay Reiss and originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine. Originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo at Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre. Licensing courtesy of Music Theatre International.