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Cast members (at top) of the Pottsgrove presentation of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

The Kind Of Show You’d Be Sorry You Missed

Golden voices, talented musicians and gifted actors all offer their best performances this Thursday through Saturday (March 30-31, and April 1) at 7 p.m. nightly in the auditorium of Pottsgrove High School on Kauffman Road, Lower Pottsgrove, as it stages the musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Tickets are available for sale now.

A winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” has charmed audiences across the country with what critics praise as its “effortless wit and humor.” It features “a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin, and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn,” they say, and call it “one unforgettable experience.”

Pottsgrove’s cast includes Emma Burrus as Olive Ostrovsky, Audra Estel as Schwarzy, Cierra Fekelman as Marcy Park (Co-Dance Captain), Trystian Hernandez as Douglas Panch, Joe Kelley as Chip Tolentino, Tyler Montgomery as Leaf Coneybear (Co-Dance Captain), Kathleen Moser as Rona Lisa Peretti (Student Co-Director), Jessica Samilenko as Mich Mahoney, Michael Thornton as William Barfee, and ensemble members Bryce Clemmer, Hailey Ellwanger, Summer Grier, Victoria Grier, Sarah Ounsworth, Michaela Sloan (Student Co-Director), Mackenzie Vanhorn, and Hannah Weghorst.

In the bee, an eclectic group of mid-pubescents vie 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, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of a bell that signals a spelling mistake. Losers get a juice box.

Supporting the cast is a production team consisting of Andrea Forrest as director, producer, and choreographer; Kelsey Hendler, vocal director; Anna Taylor, assistant director and stage manager; and William Einhorn, pit orchestra director.

General admission tickets cost $10, and the price drops to $8 for seniors and students. Buy them in advance by calling 610-326-5105, or at the door … if they’re available then. No promises!

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