The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

“Can you spell I-R-R-E-S-I-S-T-I-B-L-E? Spelling Bee is riotously funny and entirely adorable.” – New York Times

“A WINNER! Smart and delightfully quirky, it’s the musical gift of the season!” - The Star-Ledger

“An utterly charming look at one of the screwier manifestations of the American Dream.” - TIME magazine

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 (played by adult actors) 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! A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.  PG-13 (see audience advisory at for more information about the rating)

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Carlsbad Village Theatre 2822 State Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008