Spelling Bee

The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is excited to announce the cast  for our upcoming spring show, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

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 Spelling 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.

At each performance, four audience members join the show as Guest Spellers.  They remain on stage until they misspell a word!

Performances are scheduled for April 27-28-29 and May 4-5-6, 2018.  Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 PM.

The location is the American Legion Post 210 / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, Massachusetts 01906.  See our Directions page.

One of the performances will be the Adult Night at the Bee.  At which naughty words are spelled or misspelled, so admission is only for ages 18 and older.  All other performances are appropriate for all ages including children.

Tickets will be on sale in March 2018.

The production team for Spelling Bee includes stage director Bobby Imperato, musical director Benjamin Tan, choreographer Kristin McGregor, and stage manager Jamie Trevino.

We are pleased to announce the cast:

  • Rona Lisa Peretti … Suzanne Mills
  • Vice Principal Douglas Panch … Nicholas Raponi
  • Mitch Mahoney … Lauren Amaru
  • Olive Ostrovsky … Tessa Berliner
  • William Morris Barfee … David Picariello
  • Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre … Amanda Raponi
  • Marcy Park … Daria Contino
  • Leaf Coneybear … Daniel Ehrenpreis
  • Chip Tolentino … Sean Perry

We welcome all the new talent to TCS:  Suzanne, Tessa, Daria, and Daniel.  And we welcome back Nicholas, Lauren, Amanda, and Sean, who have all appeared in TCS shows in the past few years.  And David, who was in a TCS show back in 2008.