The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

By Rachel Sheinkin Directed by Tracy Bersley

Music & lyrics by William Finn

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

How do you spell F-U-N?!

This heartfelt musical comedy follows an eclectic group of six teens who compete for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Eight spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.


“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a hilarious look at a group of elementary schools on the cusp of adolescence. While largely a fantastically funny and heartfelt musical, there are some themes that may be mature for some of our younger patrons. We recommend the show for audiences ages 8 and older.

Summer Youth Conservatory

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is the culmination of PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory, a six-week practicum for high school students—both on stage and behind the scenes—combining top-notch teaching with unparalleled practical experience. Students work with professional directors, choreographers, musical directors, and theatre technicians to mount a professional quality production for all to enjoy.

“utterly hilarious, surprisingly warm, and almost criminally entertaining.”



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Chapel Hill Magazine

October 26, 2022

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