The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee


DC Theater Arts "A Must-See"
Theatre Bloom "Charming"
Maryland Theatre Guide "Delightful and Moving"

Directed and Choreographed by Tommy Malek

Music Directed by Rachel Sandler

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 its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six 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 the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves a champion! At least the losers get a juice box.

March 15, 2023 - April 28, 2024
Friday and Saturday nights at 8PM
Saturdays and Sundays at 2PM

At Maryland Hall
801 Chase St. Third Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401


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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.  

Music and Lyrics by William Finn

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

Additional Materials by Jay Reiss

Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine

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Directions Maryland Hall
801 Chase Street, Third Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401