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EK Bailey Construction
Neon Lighting & Display, Messerly Dry Wall, Mike Adams Painting, Adams Interiors

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Show Information

Beverly's Terrace Plaza Playhouse's Production of


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee


Music & Lyrics By: William Finn

Book By: Rachel Sheinkin

Conceived By: Rebecca Feldman

Additional Material By: Jay Reiss

Originally Directed on Broadway By: James Lapine

Originally Produced on Broadway By: David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theater

Based on 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 Putnman County Spelling Bee was originally co-directed by Michael Barakiva and Rebecca Feldman

Directed By: Leslie Richards

Music Direction By: Terresa Shreve

Choreography By: Ginny Spencer

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.

The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

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Production Team

In loving memory of Blaine and Beverly Olsen

Producer: Jacci Olsen Florence

Director: Leslie Richards 

Music Director: Terresa Shreve

Choreographer: Ginny Spencer 

Assistant to the Producer: Tara Payne

Assistant to the Director: Olyvia Winter

Technical Directors: Miland Palmer & Mark Ellis

Sound Designer: Miland Palmer 

Lighting Designer: Mark Ellis

Sound Operators: Nathan Fawcett, Steve Peterson, Emma Palmer

Light Operators: Ivy Combe, Becky Montgomery, Mia Palmer

Costume Design: Tami Richardson

Set Construction: Brent Taft 

Set Artist: Corie Deaun

Box Office: Lisa Stratton, Tara Payne, Linda Palmer, Chad & Tani Lynch, Angie Winter, Brenda Smith, Maddi Barlow

Concessions: Jim Stratton

House Manager: Olyvia Winter

Marketing/Sponsorship: Brady Stratton

Playbill: Brady Stratton

Playhouse Photographer: Cassie Gallegos

Producer's Note

What a year 2020 turned out to be – for all of us! The great thing is, we were able to take having to close our doors for the safety of our actors, staff and patrons and find the silver lining in putting the down time to the very best possible use. The desperately needed remodel to the façade of our beloved Playhouse was able to actually happen. We have for a very long time designed, planned and down right hoped we could actually remodel the front of our theatre. There are many many people to THANK, but let us start with those who actually contributed to physically making this a reality:

  • Washington Terrace City

  • EK Bailey Construction

  • Neon Lighting & Display

  • Messerly Dry Wall

  • Mike Adams Painting

  • Adams Interiors

  • Moss Industrial

There are not enough words to THANK the Playhouse Family that came when called to put hours and hours of muscle into cleaning, hauling, repairing, etc etc etc!! Whenever we called, our Playhouse family came almost running to contribute and help with whatever the task to help with Playhouse projects. THANK YOU, friends. We love you and are so grateful for your support! Beverly’s Terrace Plaza Playhouse is truly your community theatre and we look forward to many seasons of theatre enjoyment with you!

-Kim & Jacci Florence

Director's Note

I am excited to bring Spelling Bee to life again and with mostly the exact same cast!! We had so much fun the first time and had such a terrific outpouring of love from the audiences- we just had to do it again! Rehearsals have been like the best family reunion ever- this cast really loves each other. It is a very funny show with such a sweet message of acceptance and worth.

I had a dear sweet friend who really loved this show. She was tragically taken from us too early. She was looking forward to seeing this show again, so I’d like to dedicate this show to Jana Taylor Wangsgard. I’m sure she will be watching, and laughing, from her seat on the front row in heaven. We miss you, Jana.

And now, sit back and come with all of us to the Bee!!!!


Leslie Richards - Director

The Farm

The Farm was founded in 2000 by Rebecca Feldman, Artistic Director.  It is a collective of writers and performers, including Jay Reiss, Dan Fogler, and Sarah Saltzberg.  The Farm’s interest is in the role of improvisation in creating new work for the theatre.  The Farm initially designates a two-week intensive period in which to discover, develop, and rehearse a play from the impulses borne mainly out of the pressure of a deadline.  Previous projects include “Super” (at Atlantic Theatre Studios), “Why I Hate Florida” (workshop at White Wave in DUMBO) and “C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E” (at the Present Company Theatorium in October 2002), on which “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is based.  The character and original dialogue of “Beth Marguiles,” “Vice President Douglas Panch,” “Mr. Barfee,” and “Logan Schwarzengrubenierre” were created by Rebecca Feldman, Jay Reiss, Dan Fogler, and Sarah Saltzberg, respectively.


Scene / Song List

Act One


  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

  • The Rules

  • My Friend the Dictionary

  • Goodbye #1

  • Pandemonium 

  • I'm Not That Smart

  • Magic Foot

  • Pandemonium Reprise

  • Chip Goodbye

  • Rona Moment #2

  • Prayer of the Comfort Counselor 


Act Two

  • My Unfortunate Distraction 

  • Woe is Me

  • I'm Not That Smart Reprise

  • I Speak Six Languages

  • The I Love You Song

  • Woe is Me Reprise

  • Rona Moment #3

  • Second, Part One

  • Finale




Cast List

Rona Lisa Perretti | Whitney Cahoon

Vice Principal Douglas Panch | Tyler O'Bagy

Chip Tolentino | Zackery George

Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere | Emily Richards

Leaf Coneybear | Ethan Montgomery

William Barfee | John Richards

Marcy Park | Morgan Richards

Olive Ostrovsky | Matraca Mercedes Mera

Madge Mahoney | Carla Zarate

Mortimer Tubbs | Tyler Bell

Winona Burns | Haille Van Patten


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