Raritan Valley Community College's Visual and Performing Arts Department will present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, March 31 through April 4. All performances are set for 8 p.m. in the Welpe Theatre at the College’s Branchburg Campus.
The Tony Award-winning musical comedy features music and lyrics by William Finn, and book by Rachel Sheinkin. It was conceived by Rebecca Feldman. The RVCC production is being directed by Adjunct Assistant Professor John Gorscak. Other production staff includes RVCC alum Hillary Stein (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), David Seamon (Musical Director), and RVCC alum Mariella Klinger (Choreographer).
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee focuses on six young people in the throes of puberty, who are overseen by grown-ups who have barely managed to escape childhood themselves. The young people learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. With its enormously appealing cast of lovable misfits, nerds, neurotics (and no jocks), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee hilariously captures the angst, exhilaration, and heartache that make growing up so painful and so wonderful.
Due to the depiction of certain characters’ coming-of-age struggles, as well as strong language, the musical is rated PG-13. The show runs approximately two hours with a 20-minute intermission included.
General admission tickets cost $12 each, $8 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the RVCC Theatre Box Office (908-725-3420), Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For additional information, contact the Visual and Performing Arts Department, 908-218-8876.
The 14-plus characters, youngsters and adults, are played by a cast of 12 with many playing multiple roles. The following cast includes RVCC students as well as members of the community:
Carly A. Bauer, Somerset
Koppany Pusztai, High Bridge
Morgan Tarrant, Flemington
Nathaniel Marlor Pickens, Bloomsburg
Hayley Pellis, High Bridge
Bryna Parker, Califon
Allison Lessig, Milford
Zachary Pflugh, Washington
Tom Golterman, Stockton
Maxwell Lemon, Belle Mead
Jack Leichter, Bedminster
Anissa Centeno, Middlesex
Additional technical crew members include Tim Higgins, Jimmy Duprey, Hannah Steinberg, Aljernon Leverett, Vaughn Anderson, and Cassy Kalley.