University theatre

An encore performance of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" will run at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7.

Can you spell E-N-T-E-R-T-A-I-N-I-N-G?

The UWL Department of Theatre Arts will present its SummerStage production of the musical comedy, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Winner of the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, the show celebrates an eclectic group of six teenagers vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will run at 7:30 p.m. June 21-22 and June 28-29, with 2 o’clock Sunday matinees June 23 and 30. All performances are in Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts, 333 N. 16th St.

At the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, students file into the auditorium in hopes to be the next champion of the very prestigious spelling bee. Rona, the host and 3rd annual Putnam champion, introduces the students. William Barfee spells his words correctly with the help of his “magic” waggling foot. Olive, the new girl with the absent parents, has the drive to prove herself. Marcy, a very gifted young lady, struggles with an unfortunate lisp. Follow the tweens as they spell their way through a series of ridiculous words, hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. With each contestant eliminated the pressure rises, and the children learn what it means to really be a winner.

Tickets are on sale at www.uwlax.edu/theatre-arts. In person and phone ticket sales begin at 1 p.m. Monday, June 17. Box office hours are 1-4:30 p.m. weekdays and one hour before show times. Tickets are $12 for UWL students, $20 for senior citizens and other students, and $22 for others. For tickets, call 608.785.8522.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts

WHAT: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

WHERE: Toland Theatre, UW-La Crosse Center for the Arts located on 16th and Vine streets.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. June 21-22 and June 28-29. 2 p.m. June 23 and June 30

TICKETS: On sale at www.uwlax.edu/theatre-arts. In person and phone ticket sales begin at 1 p.m. Monday, June 17. Box office hours are 1-4:30 p.m. weekdays and one hour before show times. Tickets are $12 for UWL students, $20 for senior citizens and other students, and $22 for others. For tickets, call 608.785.8522.
CAST: Gabe Burdette, Lauren Hanson, Gabe Ross, Avery Gerstenberger, Delaney Scudella, Violet Englebert, Sarah Lambert, Alec Berchem, Grant Latus, and Maddie Stoffel

PRODUCTION TEAM: Mary Leonard (Director), Kathryn Moran (Musical Director), Laurie Kincman (Stage Manager), Joe Anderson (Costume Designer), Ben Golden (Scenic & Lighting Designer), Emily Ludewig (Sound Designer) and Delaney Scudella (Choreographer)