The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Department of Theatre, Dance and Film kicks off its 2017-2018 season with this comedic, heart-filled musical. Do you remember middle school? Know the derivation of “syzygy”? Then you are all …

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The Department of Theatre, Dance and Film kicks off its 2017-2018 season with this comedic, heart-filled musical. Do you remember middle school? Know the derivation of “syzygy”? Then you are all set to enjoy this show with its cast of zany characters and infectious songs, as the fictional Putnam Valley holds its annual spelling bee. These quirky characters confront life's lessons with vulnerability, dignity and wit. But anything can happen, especially when celebrity spellers from the audience drop in to take on the cast.

Music & lyrics by William Finn; book by Rachel Sheinkin; conceived by Rebecca Feldman; additional material by Jay Reiss. This show will be directed by Jimmy Calitri (The Addams Family, Into the Woods) with music direction by Lila Kane (The Addams Family, Into the Woods), choreography by DC metro area based Jennifer Hopkins, and assistant directed by Rhode Island based Talia Triangolo. They will be joined by scenic designer Josh Christoffersen (The Laramie Project), costume designer Amanda Carney Downing (Playhouse Creatures, Lysistrata), and lighting designer Steven Mclellan, who has worked at many professional theatres all over Rhode Island. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opens in the Angell Blackfriars Theatre on Friday 20 October for one weekend, and returns the following weekend 27-29 October.

For this production, ticket prices range from $5 to $15 and seating is reserved. Tickets for events sponsored by the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film may be purchased online at www.providence.edu/theatre or at the Box Office at the Smith Center, located in the main lobby of the building. The Box Office opens for walk-up sales on September 27, with hours of Monday through Friday, 1:30 to 5:00 PM and 1 hour prior to performances. Tickets may also be purchased over the telephone from the Box Office with a credit card by calling 401-865-2218. Please note that the Box Office will be closed on October 9 in observance of Columbus Day.

For more information concerning the Department of Theatre, Dance and Film season, please call 401-865-2218 or visit our website at www.providence.edu/theatre.

What: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Where: Angell Blackfriars Theatre, Smith Center for the Arts, Providence College

When: Friday 20 October at 7:30 PM Friday 27 October at 7:30 PM

Saturday 21 October at 7:30 PM Saturday 28 October at 7:30 PM

Sunday 22 October at 2 PM Sunday 29 October at 2 PM

Tickets: Student $5, Senior $10, Adult $15

Ticket Sales: www.providence.edu/theatre. 401-865-2218

Box Office, Smith Center for the Arts