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Posted on March 30, 2017

A performer sits at a table with his hands stretched in front of him.

The Department of Music and Theatre continues its spring season with the award-winning musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. March 30-31, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 1 in the Blaney Theater in Steele Hall.

The tale of six quirky adolescents finding joy, heartache and purpose in competing at the regional spelling bee features a touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a vibrant score by William Finn. 

Directing the play is Dr. Michele Pagen, co-chair of the Department of Music and Theatre. Spelling Bee is the ideal musical for a small cast and the 150-seat “black box” venue, she said.

“Taking time to laugh is vital. This show’s humor is sometimes naughty, sometimes sharp, but never offensive.”

Junior Alexis Hawk is the production’s stage manager. Assistant stage manager is Betty Kline, a future Cal U student who is a senior at Waynesburg High School.

Two Cal U sophomores are handling backstage duties: Eddie Kuntz is the sound designer and Ayana Sicheri is designing costumes.

See the show

Ticket price is $12 for patrons of all ages. Cal U students with valid CalCards pay 50 cents, plus a $5 deposit that is refunded at the show.

For ticket information, or to charge tickets by phone, call the Steele Hall Box Office at 724-938-5943.

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