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High school musicals 2019: Manlius Pebble Hill students present ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

Students of Manlius Pebble Hill School will perform “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” as their spring musical. The shows are 7:30 p.m. March 22, 23, 29 and 30, in the school’s Coville Theater, 5300 Jamesville Road, Syracuse NY 13214. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on March 24, 2019.

The following information was provided by the school:

Six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for high schools or community theaters. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a fast-paced crowd-pleaser and an instant theater patron favorite.

Tickets are $12 and are available at


Rona – Hannah Warren

Vice Principal Panch – Maya Heimes

Barfee – Ryan Hinshaw

Shwartzy – Sydney Spector

Chip – Arman Nizam

Comeybear – Agnes Coleman

Olive – Hannah Jin

Marcy Park – Lizzy Ouimette-Garcia

Mitch Mahoney – Camille Ouimette-Garcia


Kiru Morrissette

Lillian Stearns

Anna Abrams

Maya Huyge

Emma Winkler

Jack Sullivan

Grace Montas

Sarah Stowell

Angel Holligan