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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

January 19 - February 11, 2018

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

Additional Material by Jay Reiss

Music and Lyrics by William Finn

Book by Rachel Sheinkin


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. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this 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.

Noises Off Stageworks Theatre

Venue: Garza Mainstage

10760 Grant Road

Houston, Texas 77070


Adults $31, Seniors $27, Student $19 -



The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Director - Sam Brown

Musical Director - Chelsea Lerner

Choreographer - Katherine Cunningham




Chip Tolentino - Nathan Crooks

Marcy Park - Elizabeth Curtin

Olive Ostrovsky - Emma Russell

Leaf Coney Bear - Kevyn Eddy

Vice Principal Douglas Panch - Patrick Barton

Rona Lisa Peretti  - Laura Renfroe

Mitch Mahoney - Cody House

William Barfee - Jeff Stallings

Logainne SchwartzandGrubenniere - Jenna Malisewski

Content Advisory 


Contains mature themes and mild adult language dealing with “pre-teen” angst and situations.  While playfully presented, some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents should be cautious and learn more about the show before bringing young children.

Smoking/Drinking/Drug Use:  None

For questions about specific content, staging or any artistic questions related to this show email us directly.

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