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Competition Is Fierce in Theatre Raleigh’s “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” April 24-May 5

Theatre Raleigh will stage "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on April 24-28 and May 1-5 in the Kennedy Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

Theatre Raleigh will stage “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on April 24-28 and May 1-5 in the Kennedy Theater in Raleigh (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

Theatre Raleigh will kick off Hot Summer Nights’ 2013 season with a gala production of the 2005 Off-Broadway and Broadway hit musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, on April 24-28 and May 1-5 in the Sara Lynn and K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh

According to Theatre Raleigh:

“… The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee [is] an original improvisational musical about a middle school spelling bee….

“‘We are so excited to kick off our season with this irreverent musical that has been cast completely from the rich pool of talent we have here in North Carolina!’ says director Lauren Kennedy. ‘We believe so strongly in cultivating the amazing actors, musicians, and designers we have in this area.’

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst, chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show’s Tony Award©-winning creative team has created 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.

“Under the guidance of Broadway veterans Lauren Kennedy (director/artistic director) and Alan Campbell (executive director) and Richard Roland (sssociate artistic director), the ensemble cast includes Adam Poole (Chip Tolentino), Sterling Hurst (Douglas Panch), Jesse R. Gephart (Leaf Coneybear), Morgan Parpan (Logainne Schwartzy), Katie Lynch (Marcy Park), Jade Arnold (Mitch Mahoney), Cameron Caudill (Olive Ostrovsky), Heather Hamby Maggs (Rona Lisa Peretti), and Jeff Vizcaino (William Barfee).

“The show’s creative team includes Chris Bernier (set and lighting designer), Eric Collins (sound designer), Eric Fotre Leach (music director), Liz Ray (production stage manager), LeGrande Smith (costume designer), Richard Roland (associate artistic director), Edie Weichert (prop master), and Michele Weathers (general manager)….”

Hot Summer Nights | Theatre Raleigh presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at 8 p.m. April 25 and 26, 2 and 8 p.m. April 27, 3 and 8 p.m. April 28, 8 p.m. May 1-3, 2 and 8 p.m. May 4, 3 and 8 p.m. May 5 in the Sara Lynn and K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.

TICKETS: $22-$30.

BOX OFFICE: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/27655.

GROUP RATES/GENERAL INFORMATION: 919-480-5166.

SHOW/PRESENTER: http://www.theatreraleigh.com/.

VENUE: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/venue/kennedy-theatre.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/directions.

PARKING: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/parking.

OTHER LINKS:

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee< (play): http://www.spellingbeethemusical.com/ (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_25th_Annual_Putnam_County_Spelling_Bee (Wikipedia).

William Finn (composer and lyricist): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Finn (Wikipedia).

Rachel Sheinkin (playwright): http://drama.yale.edu/facstaff/rachel-sheinkin (Yale School of Drama bio).

Lauren Kennedy (director): http://www.laurenkennedy.com/ (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauren_Kennedy (Wikipedia).

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