January 19, 2016
Susan Goes, Executive Director, 541-942-8001
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opens January 29
Cottage Grove, OR — Cottage Theatre kicks off its 2016 season with a hilarious musical romp through middle school. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, winner of the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, features music & lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, and was conceived by Rebecca Feldman. A riotous ride complete with audience participation, each performance will give a few lucky audience members the chance to compete alongside cast members for the coveted spelling trophy. Cottage Theatre's production opens January 29 and runs for three weekends through February 14.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has captivated audiences across the country with its unforgettable humor. An eclectic group of six awkward adolescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens (portrayed by adult actors) spell their way through a series of words hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Oh well, at least the losers get a juice box!
Cottage Theatre's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is directed by Mark VanBeever. Choregraphy is by Alex Holmes, set design by Janet Whitlow, lighting design by Amanda Ferguson, and costume design by Rhonda Turnquist. The production features Mark Allen, Madison Baker, Kyle Carrillo-Enders, Maeve Dahlen, Brittany Dreier, Ward Fairbairn, Joel Ibanez, Bil Morrill, Traci Knight, Tracy Nygard, and Donovan Seitzinger — as well as four audience spelling contestants at each performance. (Interested guest spellers are invited to make their interest known at the Box Office before each show.)
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee runs for eleven performances at Cottage Theatre from January 29 - February 14. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm. Parental discretion is advised as the show contains a frank (but very funny) puberty moment.
Tickets are available online at www.cottagetheatre.org, by phone at 541-942-8001, or in person at the Cottage Theatre Box Office, 700 Village Drive, Cottage Grove. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for youth (age 6 to 18). Box Office hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, and one hour before performances. Advance purchase is recommended.