The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

A hilarious musical tale of overachievers’ angst chronicled by the experience of six adolescents vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. This Tony Award winning musical is about the unlikeliest of heroes. A quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.


Photography by Steve Irish


Rona Lisa Peretti – Michelle Bestul

Chip Tolentino – Connor Giles

Logan Schwartzandgrubenniere – Sarah Klauck

Leaf Coneybear – Blake Henderson

William Barfee – Kirt Graves

Marcy Park – Ashley Turnquist

Olive Ostrovsky – Particia Lutze

Vice Principal Douglas Panch – Mitch Birkey

Mitch Mahoney – Neiko Boyd

Production Staff

Director/ Choreographer: Jason Summers

Musical Director: Ray Rhoads

Stage Manager: Katy Ries

Production Manager: Dustin L.Uhl

Set Design: Dustin L. Uhl

Costume Design: Ben Gartmann

Light Design: Pat Henderson

Sound Design: Daniel Schielke

Properties: Karen Held

Make-Up Design: Cathy Perronne

Spelling Bee Recruiters: Mike Roehl, Kyle Schwanke


Piano/Conductor: Ray Rhoads

Percussion: Michael Janke

Reed: Rich Tengowski