“Spelling Bee,” with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, is a musical comedy that tells the story of an eclectic group of six quirky youngsters (overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves) who vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime at the fictional Putnam County Spelling Bee. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.
The VTC cast includes as the spellers: Krista Coughlin-Galbraith, Rachel Durante, Liam Johnson, Amelia Graff, Cassie Dunn, and Ian Epstein; and, as the adults: Jackie Cosse, Eli Coughlin-Galbraith, and Katy Peterson. The production is being co-directed by Bob Kramsky (stage) and Ryan Buck (music), stage managed by Brenda Seitz, and choreographed by Cassie Dunn. It is sponsored by the Brattleboro Savings and Loan. Performances will be May 5,6,7,12,13, and 14. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm, and Sunday performances are matinees at 3. This production may not be suitable for children under 13 as it contains some adult themes and language.
All seats are $16 and reservations may be made by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the VTC reservation line at (802) 258-1344.
For more information visit www.vermonttheatrecompany.org.