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Texas State stages crowd-pleasing ‘Spelling Bee’ musical this month


Texas State University’s theatre and dance department is will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Feb. 16-21 in the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre at the university’s Performing Arts Center.

Life is a pandemonium according to the pubescent contestants of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Reminisce about the awkwardness from your adolescent years as Chip, Logainne, Leaf, William, Marcy and Olive spell their way through this comical and charming musical. This show is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

“The heart of ‘Spelling Bee’ is still improvisation. There is a script, of course, but it reads like a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book, and you’ll see plenty of moments that aren’t scripted at all. Which means they have never happened before. Which means the actor is making it up, and nobody else, cast, crew, musician, or audience member, knows exactly what is going to happen,” said director Neil Patrick Stewart.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and conception by Rebecca Feldman. It is directed by Stewart with musical direction by Ilana Atkins and choreography by Kiira Schmidt Carper.

The opening night for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be Tuesday, Feb. 16, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 21. Individual tickets start at $15 for adults and $8 for students, and may be purchased by phone at 512-245-6500 or online at Texas State’s box office website here.