If you’ve wondered what competing in a spelling bee is like, you’ll have a chance to channel that experience when Cazenovia College presents their musical later this month.
The musical comedy, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” is being presented April 21—24 at the Catherine Cummings Theatre on the College campus. The show depicts a fictional spelling bee set in a middle school, where six quirky adolescents compete in a spelling contest that’s being run by four equally quirky grown-ups. The lively show features the unusual aspect that four audience members are invited on stage to compete in the bee—alongside the six student actors—during each of the performances. The 2005 Broadway production of the play was nominated for six Tony Awards and won two, including Best Book.
Performance dates and times are: 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21; Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23; and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 24. Tickets to the event are now on sale via CNY Tix. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students ages 12 and under. The ticket cost for Cazenovia College students is $3.
The play is performed by Cazenovia College students. Members of the cast include:
- Mackenzie Mahony as Rona Lisa Peretti
- Abigail Decker as Vice Principal Doris Panch
- Christopher DiToro as Mitch Mahoney
- Noël Paul-Lyman as Shelly Winters
- Carrie Farmer as Olive Ostrovsky
- Eddie Addams as William Morris Barfee
- Morganne Tighe as Logaine “Schwartzy” Schwartz and Grubenierre
- Emma Malnoske as Marcy Park
- Daniel Hunt as Leaf Coneybear
- Samuel Gomula as Charley “Chip” Tolentino
- And as Ensemble Spellers, Madison Clere, Alaya Rivera, Emily Ward, and Ntaconayigize Emelancia.
The play’s scenic artist is Zharia Miller and tech crew members are Miranda Hamilton, Erin Olmstead, Rock Near, and Laurel Milana. Musical director is Dan Williams, and the tech director is Eric Feola.
The play is directed by David Lowenstein, Artist in Residence and a faculty member at Cazenovia College.