The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Central Park Players is pleased to present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as the final show of our 65th season.

Performance Dates

  • May 10, 11, 17, & 18 @ 7:30 PM
  • May 19 @ 2:30 PM

Production Staff

  • Director: Darcie Beekman
  • ADSM: Diane Reeths
  • Producer: Joy Lamphere
  • Music Director: Karen Frederiksen
  • Choreographer: Katie Ponce


CharacterPerformer Name
Charlito “Chip” TolentinoAaron Ponce
Logainne “Schwartzy” SchwartzandgrubeniereBecky Anderson
Leaf ConeybearJordan Smaka
William BarféeMatthew Wiederholt
Marcy ParkShannon Barnard
Olive OstrovskySophia Anderson
Rona Lisa PerettiEm James
Vice Principal Douglas PanchLen “Buck” Bokuniewicz
Mitch MahoneyAdrian Garcia
Carl GrubenierreEvan Bolla
Dan SchwartzKyle Penland
Jesus ChristKyle Penland
Leaf’s MomJessi Bradham
Leaf’s DadKyle Penland
Olive’s DadEvan Bolla
Olive’s MomAnna Bremmer
Brook ConeybearFaith Fancher
Raisin ConeybearMelissa Bush
Marigold ConeybearAnna Bremmer
Pinecone ConeybearMaggie Holmberg
Landscape ConeybearAndrew Uthe
Paul ConeybearEvan Bolla

About The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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 a champion! 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. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for high schools or community theatres. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

  • Music & Lyrics by William Finn
  • Book by Rachel Sheinkin
  • Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
  • Additional Material by JAy Reiss
  • Originally Directed on Broadway on James Lapine
  • Originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James L Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre
  • Based upon C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original play by The Farm.
  • The Barrington Stage Company workshop of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE was originally co-directed by Michael Barakiva and Rebecca Feldman.