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‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

Musical comedy to open soon at ProArts Playhouse in Kihei.

November 28, 2013
Maui Weekly

ProArts is proud to present "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" as the second show of its 2013-14 season. This Tony Award-winning musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin was conceived by Rebecca Feldman.

"Can you spell irresistible? Spelling Bee is 'A Chorus Line' with pimples," raved the New York Times. "It is that rarity of rarities; a super-smart musical that is also a bona-fide crowd pleaser," cheered the Wall Street Journal. The Associated Press put it simply: "How do you spell h-i-t?"

Six adolescent outsiders overseen by grownups--who barely managed to escape childhood themselves--learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser, even when they're vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County SPELLING BEE

The show's creative team has produced the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes--a quirky, yet charming, cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.

Audience members will be recruited to try their hand at spelling against the "experts."

Everyone wins in this heartwarming, funny, and very musical hit!

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" features the best of Maui's talent, including Kisha L. Milling, Gary Shin-Leavitt, Scott Smith, Justin House, Christina Sutrov, Jeff Brackett, Lily Marceau, Ashlyn-Jade Aniban and Isaac Rauch.

The show is produced and directed by Jonathan Lehman, with musical direction by Kim Vetterli. The costumes are designed by Linda Ewing, scenery created by Caro Walker and lighting provided by Bonnie Prucha.

Opening night is Friday, Dec. 13. The show will run two weekends until Sunday, Dec. 22, and then return for two more weekends next year, Jan. 3 through 12.

Bee plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. (there will be no show on Saturday, Dec. 14).

ProArts offers reserved seats at $25. Kama'aina nights, with discounts for Hawai'i residents (with identification) are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, and Thursday, Dec. 19 and Jan. 9.

Call 463-6550 for tickets or more information.



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