TWU Drama presents 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'

The Texas Woman’s University School of the Arts and Department of Music and Drama present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin and conceived by Rebecca Feldman. The production runs April 13-15 and 20-23, 2017.

Performance times are:

  • 8 p.m., Thursday, April 13;
  • 8 p.m., Friday April 14;
  • 8 p.m., Saturday, April 15;
  • 4 p.m., Thursday. April 20;
  • 8 p.m., Friday, April 21;
  • 8 p.m., Saturday, April 22; and
  • 2 p.m., Sunday, April 23.

All performances will take place in the Redbud Theater Complex, located on the north side of Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Admission to the 4 p.m. performance on Thursday, April 20 will have a pay-what-you-can option. To reserve tickets online or for more information, visit or call the TWU box office at (940) 898-2020.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is the story of an eclectic group of six mid-pubescent students vying 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! The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was the winner of the Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Book, written by Rachel Sheinkin and featuring a vibrant score by William Finn.

The cast for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee consists of Alandra Baptiste, Terrence Benard, Jake Defoore, Michelle Douglas, Long Ho, Piper Johnson, Kathryn McGinness, Blair Mitchell, Riley Jo Payne and Jade Terrell. The pit band members include TWU music students Katie McNaughton on cello, Sara May on clarinet, Annie Noga on woodwinds and Jonathan Dancer playing percussion. Assistant professor of music Kelley Poché-Rodriguez, Ph.D., will serve as pianist and musical director, and graduate student Misty Dawn Clark will provide the costume design. Associate professor Rhonda Gorman will provide the set design and Laura Mahon will provide the lighting design. Undergraduate students Elenor Tito and Patrick Bohmier will serve as the properties designer and sound designer, respectively. Amanda Hackleman will serve as the stage manager and Sydney Sandburg will serve as the assistant stage manager.

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