SCRANTON — The University of Scranton Players will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” directed by Michael O’Steen with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman with additional material by Jay Reiss. The show runs April 20-22 and 27-29 in the Royal Theatre of the Joseph M. McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances begin at 2 p.m.
This production corresponds with the 25th anniversary of the McDade Center for the Literary and Performing Arts on the campus of The University of Scranton. The second weekend, the Players will host a get together of alumni to celebrate 25 years in the Royal Theatre.
“Putnam” is a musical comedy that tells the story of six middle school students competing in their county spelling bee while navigating the hardships of complicated family dynamics and puberty. It won two Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Featured Actor in a Musical, as well as three Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, and Outstanding Ensemble Performance.
The production features Nicolas Gangone as William Barfee, Emily DeMouth as Olive Ostrovsky, Jacob Feeney as Trip Barrington, Ali Basalyga as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre, Reilly Charles as Leaf Coneybear, Colleen Boyle as Marcy Park, Victoria Pennington as Rona Lisa Peretti, Conor Hurley as Vice Principal Douglas Panch and Zachary Richard as Mitch Mahoney. Basalyga is a graduate of West Scranton High School and Pennington is a graduate of Wyoming Area Secondary Center.
For tickets, contact the Players box office at 570-941-4318 or visit thescrantonplayers.com. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens, students, and University of Scranton faculty and staff. Second weekend is free for first-year students.