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Tony Award-Winner Kenny Howard Directs Hilarious Musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Garden Theatre
First Published Musical Produced by Beth Marshall Presents
WINTER GARDEN (January 9, 2017) – The Garden Theatre (160 W Plant St.) is proud to present Beth Marshall Presents’ production of the riotous musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, showing February 3 – 26, 2017. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is sponsored by Outdoor Living Products and Toole’s Ace Hardware.
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences with its wit and humor. In this riotous ride of a musical that includes audience participation, six young people in the throes of puberty candidly disclose hilarious and touching stories from their home life. Played by adults, the “tweens” spell their way through a series of challenging and off-the-wall words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. At least the losers get a juice box.
Kenny Howard will direct this musical, Beth Marshall Presents (BMP) will produce, and the show will be under the musical direction of Julian Bond. In addition to his extensive and notable directorial work in the Orlando area, Kenny Howard is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer for Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess and has produced seven other Broadway shows. Julian Bond is an award winning and internationally known composer, pianist, producer, recording artist and musical director. Bond was last seen and heard on the Garden Theatre stage as the pianist and musical director for BMP’s 33 Variations.
Beth Marshall Presents has brought thought-provoking and new, original works to the Garden Theatre stage in the past, including L’Ange Avec Les Fleurs (2008), Our Town (2009), Crimes of the Heart (2009), Driving Miss Daisy (2010), A Christmas Carol (2010), The Diviners (2011), Biloxi Blues (2013), Children of a Lesser God (2013), Alice Lost in Wonderland (now Shattered Alice, 2013), 33 Variations (2014), Doubt, A Parable (2015), The Whale (2016), and The Glass Menagerie earlier this season.
“BMP is thrilled to be producing our first published musical ever in the company’s nine and a half year history as our 14th partnership show on the Garden Theatre stage,” said producer Beth Marshall. “Much of what drew BMP to this musical is the fit of a small town spelling bee in our lovely quaint town of Winter Garden, married with the focus on lively and fun children characters (played by adults).”
“It’s not a drama. It’s not a play,” said Marshall. “It is branching out into new artistic territories this time to entertain our audience and make them laugh – a lot.”
The nine-person professional cast of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee includes Rebecca Fisher* as Rona, Jeff Lindberg as Vice Principal Panch, Anachebe Asomugha as Mitch, Kit Cleto as William (previous Garden Theatre roles: Jesus Pena in TheatreWorks Florida’s Hands on a Hardbody, Preacher in Garden Theatre’s Bonnie & Clyde), Kayla Alvarez as Olive, Ricky Cona as Chip, Savannah Simerly as Logainne, Eric Desnoyers as Leaf (previous Garden Theatre role: Jonas Fogg in TheatreWorks Florida’s Sweeney Todd) and Melina Kay as Marcy. *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers, appearing under a special agreement with Actors’ Equity Association.
Tickets are $33 for adults and $29 for seniors and students, with special pricing of $29 for adults and $25 for seniors and students for opening night and Thursday performances. Show times are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. There will be one Industry Night performance on Monday, February 13 at 8pm with $15 tickets. In addition, there will be two “Adults Only” performances, February 18 and 25 at 11pm (must be 18 or older to enter).
For tickets, visit gardentheatre.org or contact the Box Office at 407-877-GRDN (4736). Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discou
nts of up to 25% by contacting group sales manager Jana Goupil at 407-877-4736 x208.
This show contains mature subject matter and strong language which may not be suitable for all audiences.
Photos for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee are available to download here: http://bit.ly/2jaYqKz.
About the Garden Theatre
Located in the heart of historic downtown Winter Garden on Plant Street, the Garden Theatre is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching, engaging and entertaining through creative experiences. The 299-seat theatre, which re-opened in 2008, is a historic, atmospheric, professional performing arts venue in a Mediterranean Revival style. The Garden Theatre hosts live plays, concerts, movies and more to the residents of and visitors to the city of Winter Garden. For tickets or additional information, contact the Garden Theatre Box Office at 407-877-GRDN (4736) or visit gardentheatre.org.
Producing Artistic Director – Beth Marshall
Director – Kenny Howard
Musical Director – Julian Bond
Choreography – Dion Leonhard
Assistant Director – Chris Yakubchik
Stage Manager – Paige Gober
Assistant Stage Manager – Blue Estrella
Set Design – Daniel Cooksley, Kenny Howard, Beth Marshall
Light Design – Amy Hadley
Sound Design/Mixer/Tech Coordinator – Joshua Seyna
Costume Design – Kyla Swanberg
Lead Carpenter – Daniel Cooksley
Vocal Coach – Priscilla Bagley
Crew – Alexia Correa, Clark Levi, Nakary Hurtado
Photographer – Patty Wolfe
Garden Theatre Production Coordinator – Anastasia Kurtiak
Play-In-A-Day 2016 Results:
What an amazing opening of our 9th season and Play-In-A-Day Event! Thank you to all artists, staff, patrons, sponsors, volunteers, donors and community that supported this event in any way.
This year our theme was PULSE. The proceeds from the event benefitted both the BMP District 3 Scholarship Fund and One Pulse Foundation. We had over 100 artists working to create plays in the course of 24 hrs. Our panel of judges (Margret Nolan/Kangagirl Productions/AFTER ORLANDO, Seth Kubersky/Orlando Weekly/Empty Spaces, George Wallace Orlando Fringe/The Center) chose who will represent Play-In-A-Day at AFTER ORLANDO on Oct.17th at Orlando Shakes as well as gave awards to the following categories–all winners will be guaranteed slots in PIAD 2017:
Winners from PIAD 2016:
AFTER ORLANDO winner: Billy’s Story
By Billy Manes
Directed by Beth Marshall
Stage Manager: Michelle Sobrino
Actor- Michael Osowski
Best Overall Production:
By Ken Preuss
Directed by Lauren O’Quinn
Stage Manager: Blue Estrella
Actors: Robert Cunha, Amanda Grace, Zach Lane
Best Playwright: Rose Helsinger
(Whiskey and Rye)
Best Director: Richard Width
(Between The Pulses by Andy Haynes)
Best Actor (Female)
(Tonight We Dance Forever by John DiDonna
Director- Beth Marshall)
Best Actor (Male)
(Billy’s Story by Billy Manes/Director-Beth Marshall)
Here’s to another successful PIAD!