The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Slated at RVCC

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.

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