Carroll College Theatre Presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Friday, November 4, 2016

Carroll College Theatre is producing an uproarious musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn. This theatre-opening production will run November 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, and 20, in the newly converted black box-style theatre in the lower level of the Carroll College Campus Center.

The show features an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents 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! 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. It is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.

Because of mild language and an adult situation, this show carries a parental advisory for every performance, but the late night versions of the show (10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 and 18) carry a strong parental warning as the actors have prepared a racier rated R version of the show for adult audiences.

Other items of interest:

  • The FLEX theatre has a capacity of 120 seats, booking tickets online in advance is recommended.
  • Twenty tickets will be reserved for door sales only beginning one hour before curtain.
  • The musical ran on Broadway from 2005-2008 and was nominated for six Tony Awards.

Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. on Nov 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19, at 2:30 on Nov 20, and two special rated R versions will be held at 10 p.m. on Nov 11 and 18. Parking is free in the Campus Center lot off of Lyndale for all performances. The theatre is fully ADA accessible through the east entrance of the Campus Center. Tickets are available at the door or online at the Carroll Theatre Online Ticket Storefront. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and $2 with a current Carroll College ID.

For more information contact:

Kimberly Shire
Director of Theatrical Production
Carroll College