Grandstreet Theatre

Spelling Bee: Press Release


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Can you spell “F – U – N”?

Grandstreet Theatre kicks off a full summer of shows with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, one of the first theatres in the country to produce this Tony-winning musical!

July 10 – 19, 2009
Thursday thru Saturday at 8:00 pm
Sunday matinees at 2:00 (July 12 & 19)

Grandstreet Theatre is located at 325 N. Park Ave. in downtown Helena

Call Grandstreet’s Box Office for reservations: (406) 447-1574
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$16 for tickets, $14 for students, seniors and military

It wasn’t that long ago, in 2005, that THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE soared from its small beginnings to the top of Broadway, and was honored with two Tony Awards. On Friday, July 10, GRANDSTREET THEATRE presents the Montana premiere of the hilarious musical, one of the first theatres in the country to produce “The Bee.”

Ever wonder what’s going through the adolescent minds of those endearing, quirky Spelling Bee champs? Spelling Bee exposes their outrageous stories, with hilarious music by William Finn. Even audience members are invited to challenge the 6 competitors!

This is Grandstreet’s 2nd annual Faculty show. Like last year’s  captivating musical Songs for a New World, The 25th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee brings professional singers & actors from across the nation to one stage, for a limited run. Helena theatre-goers will recognize LYSA FOX (Songs for a New World), MICHAEL CURTIN (The Secret Garden), JOSIE ADAMS (Grease, Annie), MARY MIDDAGH (Footloose), and every one’s favorite Spelling Bee judge, TOM CORDINGLEY (Big, Urinetown). MARIANNE ADAMS directs the show, designed by JEFF DOWNING.

With a shorter running time than most musicals (under 2 hours), Spelling Bee makes the perfect ending to a great Montana summer day. Spelling Bee does contain mature themes and language.

Grandstreet Theatre welcomes the press to follow the opening and run of The 25th Annual Spelling Bee. Please contact Stephen Alexander: 442.4270, or [email protected]