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“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” opens September 9. Are you ready?


The cast is ready. The crew is ready. The costumes and props are in place. The musicians are in tune. We’re waiting for opening night Friday, September 9 for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” And you’ve got to be there.

Here’s why you need to get your tickets now. The show runs three weekends from September 9 through September 25.

For starters, this is one funny, uplifting show. A celebration of the high-stakes world of school spelling bees, this hit musical comedy centers on six overachieving wordsmiths bent on winning a hard-fought contest and sharing their pubescent awkwardness and angst along the way.

Hilarious songs capture early teenage troubles at their worst, from “Woe Is Me” to “My Unfortunate Erection (Chip’s Lament).” The original off-Broadway production won three Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Ensemble Performance, Outstanding Director of a Musical, and Outstanding Book of a Musical. The original Broadway production was nominated for six Tonys and took home two.

Need to know more? The AFD cast is irrepressibly wonderful. The energy on the stage is palpable. The talent runs into the aisle. The high energy will transmit to you and make you want to be a part of the show.

And in this show, you could be onstage. Part of the fun is that audience members are invited to compete in the onstage spelling bee.

You’ll get to see a celebrity speller at every performance. Opening night on September 9, Arlington Selectwoman Diane Mahon will take the stage.

One more hint: Get your tickets soon because we expect seats to go fast. Word’s gotten out about the celeb spellers and the set, which the tech crew built with salvaged pieces from the under-demolition Stratton School in Arlington.

You’re going to have a ton of fun at “Spelling Bee.” In the meantime, enjoy some photos and help us spread the word. Visit AFD on Facebook for daily updates.

See you at the show!





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