Nine local students will sing, dance, act, and spell their way through the popular modern musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee from October 2nd through 4th. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, with matinees at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The show is a hilarious, Tony Award-winning musical that follows six over-achieving and awkward adolescents on their quest for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Overseen by adults still stuck in adolescence themselves, they sing their stories, utilize unique spelling techniques, and learn that losing doesnâ€™t necessarily make you a loser. At each performance, four audience volunteers are selected and invited on stage to participate in the bee, making each performance unique.
The Playhouseâ€™s production is directed by Education Director Timothy Lâ€™Ecuyer. It features Center Sandwichâ€™s Diana Reidy as spelling bee champion-turned realtor-turned spelling bee host Rona Lisa Perretti. Perretti, along with Vice Principal Panch (Gilfordâ€™s Claire Gardner), steer the six kids through the bee with the help of â€œcomfort counsellorâ€/parolee Mitch Mahoney (Laconiaâ€™s Shawn Zappala). The contestants are played by Dawson Ellis, Meredith Ellis, Jaydie Halperin, Jack Harding, Evan Lazdowski, and Kaylee Lemire. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee contains some language and references which may be inappropriate for some people. Ask at the box office for details. Tickets in the orchestra are $18 for adults and $14 for students through high school. Balcony seats are available for $12.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee calls for some audience participation! YOU could be a â€œGuest Speller!â€ Spellers will be called up by name at the beginning of the bee and will have a chance to compete alongside our cast members to be the spelling bee champ! Just remember: â€œthe best spellers donâ€™t always win!â€
For more details, OR to enter your name to be a guest speller, email Education Director Timothy Lâ€™Ecuyer at email@example.com with your name, age (if you are under 18), and which Spelling Bee performance you plan on attending.
Broadway Idol Winners! Twelve amazing contestants entertained us this past Saturday at our annual Broadway Idol competition. Congrats to the winners: audience prize (adult) Saphaedra Renee, judge's prize (teen) Sharleigh Thomson, audience prize (teen) Diana Reidy, judge's prize (adult) Jeremiah Morris.
Do you want to join The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's group at the NH Theatre Awards on Saturday, January 23rd at the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord? We are entering the group ticket lottery on October 8th. If you'd like to find out more information on joining us for the group rate of $32.50, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will be on sale to the public via the Capital Center box office after the group lottery.