2013 – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee


In February 2013, ARC produced the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Spelling Bee is a one act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups. The original Broadway production ran for a grand total of 1136 performances between 2005 and 2008. It won 2 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical.

Performance Season

The performance season ran over two weeks and included 5 performances:

  • Friday 8th February: 8pm (Gala-Cocktail Attire Event) Saturday 9th February: 8pm Thursday 14th February: 8pm Friday 15th February: 8pm Saturday 16th February: 8pm
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was performed at the Banyule Theatre, Heidelberg


Chip Tolentino  Josh Gavin
William Barfee Nathan Slevin
Olive Ostrovsky Eleanor Horsburgh
Leaf Coneybear Jason Vikse
Loginne SchwartzandGrubenierre Ashleigh Psaila
Marcy Park Chelsea Tsaparis
Mitch Mahoney Dom Hennequin
Rona Lisa Peretti Jaclyn DeVincentis
Vice Principal Douglas Panch Nicholas Durbridge

Producers (ARC Committee)

President Louise Parsons
Vice President Nathan Slevin
Treasurer Louise Parsons
Secretary Leighton Irwin
General Representatives Sasha Hennequin
Matthew Wheatland

Artistic Team

Director Carl Whiteside
Musical Director James Mustafa
Assistant Director Evan Mulholland
Cast Choreographer Ashleigh Psaila

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