The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Click here for an article about the show by Neil Zolot of the Saugus Advertiser on Wicked Local, with photos by Sabrina Ornae.

Click here for an extensive album of photos taken at dress rehearsal, by Sabrina Ornae.

This show is SOLD OUT for the second weekend.

Click here for an album of rehearsal photos, taken by Sabrina Ornae.

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.  Conceived by Rebecca Feldman and 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.

May 5 will be Adult Night at the Bee.  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. This performance is specially priced and includes: Pre-Show Reception — 8PM and Performance — 9PM.

Tickets will be on sale in March 2018 and can be purchased through out Tickets page.

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.

Each performance will also have a Special Guest Speller and we are excited to share the schedule of Special Guests. Come see how far your favorite gets in the Bee. They might have to spell words as easy as “bee” or as complicated as “antidisestablishmentarianism” (though probably not something that difficult…).

Friday, April 27 — 8PM — ALI MAHON

  • Drama teacher at Belmonte Middle School in Saugus and youth theatre director at Marblehead Little Theater

Saturday, April 28 — 8PM — “BIG LEAGUE BRIAN”

  • Brian Dwyer, stilt walker for the Boston Red Sox

Sunday, April 29 — 2PM — MIKE BROWN

  • Member of the Blue Man Group

Friday, May 4 — 8PM — STEVE BOCCELLI

  • Property Manager of Central Storage in Saugus and Saugus Chamber of Commerce Member

Saturday, May 5 — 8PM * — DAVID PALEN

  • Special education teacher at Winthrop High School and lead singer of the rock band  Somerset

Sunday, May 6 — 2PM — MISS BOSTON 2018

  • Madison Trimbey Cota, won the 2018 Miss Boston pageant and competed in the 2017 Miss USA pageant as Miss Vermont

* May 5 is Adult Night at the Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee also contains additional material by Jay Reiss, was originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine, and was originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company, and Second Stage Theatre.

This production is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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