Winner of the TONY and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences with its effortless wit and humour. 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 life, the tweens spell their way through a series of potentially made-up words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.
“The fun comes from the ridiculous nature of the words the kids have to spell, their unique styles of approaching the spelling, their inner turmoil and especially the interactions—mostly hostile—among them. It’s always fun to try to guess who’s going to win. Four audience members are also chosen to participate, and that wild card can be the most fun of all.” —Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Sun
“… some days you just need a good laugh. There is currently no better antidote for your … anxiety than the Fighting Chance Productions presentation of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” —Mark Robins, VancouverPresents.com
Fighting Chance Productions arrived on the Vancouver stages in January 2007. Founded by Artistic Director Ryan Mooney, Fighting Chance started as an opportunity for young theatre artists to present their skills on a stage where their age or experience did not limit them, but ultimately helped them gain on-the-job experience. Since that time, Fighting Chance Productions has grown to be one of the leaders among young independent theatre companies in Vancouver
FIGHTING CHANCE PRODUCTIONS SOCIETY | DIRECTED BY RYAN MOONEY WRITTEN BY WILLIAM FINN, RACHEL SHEINKIN, REBECCA FELDMAN, AND JAY REISS MUSIC DIRECTOR: ANDREW COHEN | CHOREOGRAPHER: ERIN MICHELL PERFORMED BY IAN CROWE, CHARLIE DEAGNON, ASHLEE KIM, THOMAS KING, RYAN LINO, MARY LITTLEJOHN, JAMES MELCHER, KELLI OGMUNDSON, AND JENNIFER SURATOS
RATED: PG | LENGTH: 105 MINUTES (INCLUDES INTERMISSION)