The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss

January 17–19, 2020

First Church of Christ
366 Main Street
Old Saybrook CT 06475

WISP Performances proudly presents, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the world premiere of their original one-act musical To Bee or Not To Bee.

Spelling Bee, the six-time nominated Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of five eccentric kids vying for first prize, bragging rights, and most importantly, a trip to the National Spelling Bee Competition. With music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, this show is known for its humor, originality, and poignancy. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is funny, suspenseful, heartwarming and filled with memorable songs and unpredictable audience participation.

“We wanted to take the show a step further,” said Director Karen Wagner Iovanna, “by writing and developing a prequel to Spelling Bee, called To Bee or Not To Bee, which takes place 22 years prior at the 3rd annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The audience will get to know the main characters and their parents as children. It’s hysterical and carries right into main show. There’s no break. It’s an extension with funny dialogue and ridiculously hilarious songs.”

Improvisation and audience volunteers are key to the success of the show, which means every performance is different. The minute the audience enters the performance space they become part of the show. The experience is enhanced by cabaret-style seating and BYOB.

The amazingly talented cast is comprised of both amateur and professional young actors from throughout the state who will literally have you rolling in the aisles. Broadway Cabaret Style is coming to Old Saybrook. Bring your dinner, a bottle of wine and join in the fun!

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