Theatre Eastern to close out season with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” musical


WILBURTON (April 13, 2015) – Theatre Eastern will close out this year’s theatre season with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Performances for the musical comedy are set for April 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. and April 26 at 2 p.m. in Mitchell Auditorium in Wilburton.

Based on the touching book by Rachel Sheinkin, “The 25th Annual Putnam City Spelling Bee” charms audiences with its fast-paced wit and humor. The vibrant score by William Finn will provide an unforgettable experience.

Director Sarah Klocke said this one-act play features an eclectic group of six middle school students competing for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of potentially made up words.

“Of all the shows we’ve presented in my last three years at Eastern, I’ve come to love these characters most of all,” Klocke said. “They are endearing, sweet and uproariously funny.”

The cast list includes Josh Few of Stigler as Chip Tolentino; Hannah Truitt of Wilburton as Logainne Schwartzangrubennier; Jordan Allen of Indianola as Leaf Coneybear; Clay Humphreys of Kiowa as William Barfee; Brekke Gammon of Vilonia, Ark. as Marcy Park; Camille Collins of McAlester as Olive Ostrovsky; Jesseca Shipman of Kiowa as Rona List Perretti; Kaylinn Dawson of Haileyville as Vice Principal Panch; Reanna Morgan of Antlers as Trish Mahoney; and Ariel Coleman of Jonesboro, Ark. and Madeline Kraft of McAlester as the Hall Monitors.

Klocke said the play contains mild language and mature themes that may not be suitable for young children and described it as similar to a PG rating by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Admission is $5 for adults and is free for EOSC students with a valid student ID.

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