FEBRUARY 7 - 23, 2014
THE 25TH ANNUAL
PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Directed by Matt Giles
Music Direction by Justin Beal
Follow six young
people on their hilarious journey to realize their dream—to
become a spelling bee champion! Fraught with the woes of
puberty, these youngsters struggle to become the best, but
ultimately learn that winning isn't everything and that losing
doesn't necessarily make you a loser. Winner of the Tony Award
for Best Book of a Musical and nominated for many others, The
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will leave a smile on
everyone’s face as this quirky yet charming cast of outsiders
demonstrate how they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
the overwhelming tone and feeling of "Spelling Bee" is innocent
and playful, the musical does include several words and some
references that parents may find inappropriate for children.
Therefore, the producers are giving it a PG-13 rating.
$40 - DIAMOND | $35 - GOLD | $30 - SILVER
MEET THE CAST!
Larson (Rona) is ticketed to be playing a bucket
list role in this show! 2013 credits include Jerry
Springer: The Opera, ThanksKilling: The Musical, and Les
Mis at Balagan, It's a Good Day For Peggy Lee with
Purple Phoenix Productions, and It Happened At The
World's Fair with 5th Avenue's AMT. She also had the
opportunity to make her directorial debut with Floyd
Collins at STAGEright! Thanks to my unconditionally
supportive family and all who worked to make this show
Morgan (Panch) is delighted to be back on SMT's
stage in this 2014 musical sandwich! Spelling Bee and
Young Frankenstein are the bread, these tremendous casts
are the delectable filling, and you, delicious audience,
are bringing all the fixings! We hope you enjoy!
Woltz (Barfee) is delighted to be part of 25th
Annual…Spelling Bee and to be performing with Seattle
Musical Theatre for the first time! You may have also
seen him recently in Balagan Theatre’s productions of
Jerry Springer the Opera; or Thankskilling the Musical!
Also Spring Awakening; Dr. Horrible; or The Full Monty.
Other shows include Unexpected Productions’ Nietzsche
the Musical; The Yellow Wood, Razia’s Shadow and A New
Brain with Contemporary Classics; Gutenburg! The
Musical! and Bat Boy at ArtsWest. Special thanks to Mom,
Dad, and Erin for their unyielding love and support…
even when it means shaking a magical appendage at
strangers. Twice on Sundays.
Hull (Olive Ostrovsky) is thrilled to be making her
Seattle Musical Theatre debut, and Seattle area theater
debut, in one of her favorite shows. She graduated from
the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in musical
theater in 2012 and this past summer was seen in all
three of the Leavenworth Summer Theater shows. Kelsey
can't explain how happy it makes her to have a life so
opposite of the character which she portrays. She's been
blessed with the most supportive parents a person could
ask for and this show is dedicated to them for never
leaving her to wonder, "Who will be my chaperone?" Enjoy
the show everyone!
LeValley (Marcy Park) Since landing in the PNW by
bus from Ohio a year ago this fall she has happily been
working and playing as an Actor/Teaching Artist/Director
all across the city of Seattle. Currently she is
performing with 5th Ave's AMT production of Northwest
Bookshelf and teaching at Village Theater in Everett and
at Seattle Children's Theater as an Apprentice. Next up,
Arcadia at SPT. Elon University BFA Music Theater '11.
Fleming (Marcy Park) is very excited to be making
her debut at SMT! She has performed at Village Theatre,
Harlequin Productions, Florida Studio Theatre, Norwegian
Cruise Lines, and Celebrity Cruises. She is now a
full-time voice and piano teacher and also a vocal
instructor for Village Theatre’s KIDStage and Institute
program. Special thanks to Matt & Justin for giving me
the chance to relive my childhood all over again!
(Leaf) This is Nik Hagen's first show with Seattle
Musical Theatre. He graduated from Whitman College in
May where he studied Theatre and Psychology. Nik grew up
doing theater in Rochester, MN and transplanted to
Seattle in September. He is enjoying all that this
beautiful city has to offer!
Walker (Chip Tolentino) Seattle born and raised,
Brad couldn’t be happier to return to SMT to compete in
The Bee! An alumnus of the University of Washington;
some recent shows: The Matchmaker (Barnaby Tucker), The
Clockwork Professor (Prof. Pemberton), The Rocky Horror
Show (Brad Majors), and 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Frank
Pontipee). Brad is also a comedy writer, event
entertainer, and real life Eagle Scout. "This one’s for
Ma and Pa – thanks for all the juice boxes!"
Parker (Mitch) is honored to be making his debut at
Seattle Musical Theatre thanks to the amazing people at
SecondStory Repertory. This has truly been an amazing
experience with such an amazing cast and crew. Previous
shows: Carrie (Balagan Theatre), Hairspray in Concert
(5th Ave), Dreamgirls (DASH for the Arts), plus many
more. Thanks to God, Linda, Eve, VJ, Mel and Mj, cast
and crew plus many many more.
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