Summer 2021 – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

We are so excited to return to IN PERSON productions!  Please join us for our production of 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Original Broadway Version (2005)

Six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything.

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for high schools or community theatres. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.

space is limited

Rehearsal will be held at the South Bay Grange.  All rehearsal attendees will be masked and socially distanced per the most current Thurston County Department of Health guidelines.

Rehearsal: July 5th to August 6th, 10am to 1pm

Performance: August 6th at 7pm, August 7th at 2pm & 7pm, August 8th at 2pm

Ages: Students ages 8 – 18 (2021 graduates welcome!)

Cost: $500


July 26th – August 8th

1:30 – 3:30 pm


Students will perform a showcase of their skills before our Spelling Bee live performances August 6, 7 & 8

This camp will give students the opportunity to stretch their creative muscles on stage! Over a two week period, students will learn improvisational skills through theatre games and activities. Students will be guided in honing their quick thinking and imaginative skills through unscripted acting exercises. They will learn the importance of listening and trusting scene partners, and how to work with others to tell a cohesive story. This camp will be taught by Katelyn May.