Not to “Bee” missed musical

Oct 12, 2018
Marsh River Theater is closing its 2018 season on a crowd-pleasing note.

Brooks — Marsh River Theater will close its 21st season with the musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," opening Friday night, Oct. 19, for a two weekend run at the downtown venue.

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Marsh River Theater, 24 Monroe Highway/Route 139.

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. At least the losers get a juice box.

The Marsh River Theater production is directed by Mike Switzer and stars Amanda Stover, Elena Donovan, Bryan Spalding, Melissa McDonald, Larry Wyman, Sean Cash, Monica Nelson and Ethan Suderley. Tickets are $12, $10 for senior citizens and students; call the box office at 722-4110 to reserve tickets.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

The musical comedy stars Cathy Butler, Nancy Quimby, Larry Wyman, Melissa McDonald, Sean Cash, Bryan Spalding, Amanda Stover, Mike Switzer, Elena Donovan, Theo Van Deventer, Monica Nelson and Ethan Suderley.
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