The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee

Spring 2016

7:30pm - April 27 & 28  (Friday & Saturday)

2:30pm - April 29  (Sunday)

7:30pm - May 4 & 5  (Friday & Saturday)

2:30pm - May 6  (Sunday)

7:30pm - May 11 & 12  (Friday & Saturday)

2:30pm - May 13  (Sunday)


Directed by: Tommy Hurdle & Bobby Hoggard

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

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 lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to 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.

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for high schools or community theatres. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.


Ticket Prices

$15 -- Adults
$13 -- Seniors (62+)
$11 -- Students

A great historical theater that has carried on the traditions of entertaining, educating, and enriching the community for 50 years. The people here are some of the most talented and professional found in any venue.
- Tony Jenkins

Gallery Theatre projects are supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.