Faust Theatre has announced the cast and design team for the company’s first show of the season, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE with a book by Rachel Sheinkin, and music & lyrics by William Finn.
Directed by Seth Golay (making his directorial debut), the production features Kipp Simmons (Douglas Panch), Connor Branson (Chip Tolentino), Darcie Hingula (Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre), Tyler Rowe (Leaf Coneybear), Julia Masterson (Marcy Park), Zach Faust (William Barfee), Max Brown (Mitch Mahoney), with Margo Mikkelson (Rona Lisa Peretti) and Madison Dodd (Olive Ostrovsky) both making their Kansas City debuts.
The production team includes Adee Dancy (Music Director), Matthew Koehler (Stage Manager), Randall Jackson (Assistant Stage Manager), Zoey Davis (Lighting Designer), and Mandy Morris-Newman (Choreographer).
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.
“I’m excited to collaborate with Faust Theatre on an iconic show, and we look forward to bringing Kansas City audiences an honest and fresh interpretation of it,” says Golay. “The Bee is a complex lesson in childhood self-discovery wrapped into an 80-minute musical. How we develop, learn skills and faults, and how to use them responsibly. Adulthood is a competitive place: We are thwarted into situations and forced to compete with those we’ve bested. How to win and miss gracefully, and how to help your colleges and friends through their defeat is the heart of this magical show.”
The 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE runs October 18th – October 27th at the Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9thStreet, Kansas City, MO 64106. Industry night is Monday, October 22nd with discounted tickets for artists at the door. For more information visit fausttheatre.com.