Cast explains why you should see ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ this weekend

Members of the Charles City High School Drama Department want you to see their presentation of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” this weekend.

Actor Sincere Collins says you should go to see the musical comedy because “it is not only a vibrant production with new LED multi-colored lights but a magnificent collection of enthusiastic and heart-wrenching musical numbers with a cast of thespians dedicated to make this show one of a kind.”

Actor Christian Howe, who plays a lactose-intolerant vice principal who doesn’t like kids, was more concise.

“You’re guaranteed to laugh,” he said.

The first showing is 7 p.m. Friday, April 2. Then there is a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3, in the North Grand Auditorium (500 North Grand Avenue)

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is based on the book by Rachel Sheinkin with a score by William Finn. An eclectic group of tweens compete for the spelling championship of a lifetime, while candidly disclosing stories from their home lives. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves. At least the losers get a juice box.

“We have an incredibly talented cast, amazing music, and it’s a hilarious story,” said director Derek Sturtevent.

“I love how interactive with the audience it is,” said actress Sophia Jensen. “Also everyone is very talented.”

Actress Rosie Baldus said it’s like a “fanny pack in the face.”

Actress Sydney Otto describes it as a “little kid gone punk rock.”

Stage Manager Jackie Rutheford said, “There are some really talented teenagers who worked hard to show their love of theatre.” 

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For assistance contact 641-257-6500
Tickets will also be available at the door (if available).Social distancing and masks will be enforced.