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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee GraphicThe Tony Award-Winning Musical
The 25th Annual Putnam County SPELLING BEE

Music/Lyrics: William Finn, Book: Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss

MAY 19 – JUNE 5, 2016

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Studio Theatre


Howard Community College’s Arts Collective proudly wraps up its 21st Season with a three weekend run of the Tony award-winning musical, THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, directed by Anthony Scimonelli, with musical direction by Mayumi Baker Griffie and choreography by Jess Beach! ‘Spelling Bee’s cast features the outstanding work of HCC students, alumni and guest artists, as well as a stellar creative & production team! (See the entire cast and creatives list below!)

Cheer on everyone’s favorite six kids in the middle of puberty as they compete for the spelling bee championship of a lifetime!  Allergies, crushes, magic feet, neat freaks, musicians, linguists, little league, growing pains and dictionaries. This bee promises an unforgettable, wild ride where the spellers learn that winning isn't everything (at least you get a juice box).  Winner of the TONY and Drama Desk award for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences everywhere with its comic genius… complete with audience participation!

Special Event - Post-Show Chat with the Creatives & Cast: Sunday, June 5: Join us for this lively post-show chat!
Parental Guidance Suggested (PG): Recommended for ages 12 and up.

TICKETS, Driving Directions and Parking Info Below!

The CAST of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee...
BEE-GROUP-webGabrielle Amaro – Olive
Jordan Colea – Marcy
Diego Esmolo – Chip/Carl Dad
Warren Harris – Barfee
Daniel Johnston – Panch/Dan Dad/Jesus
Katy Krull  Schwarzy
Brandon Love – Mitch
Cole Watts – Leaf/Olive’s Dad
Lauren Blake Williams – Rona/Olive’s Mom
(Photo credit: St. Johnn Blondell)

Directed by: Anthony Scimonelli

Music Director: Mayumi Baker Griffie
Choreographer: Jess Beach

Set and Props Design: Mollie Singer
Light Design: Andrew Haag, Jr.
Costume Design: Robert Croghan
Stage Management: Ally Cribbs
ASM: Chania Hudson
Backstage Manager: Linwood Milan
Light Board Operator: CJ Cameron

Piano:Mayumi Baker Griffie
Reeds: Chris Stagnolo and Ken Reed
Drums: Aaron Johnson
Cello: Meagan Frame

------ DC Metro Theater Arts by Ilene Chalmers:
“5 STARS - Arts Collective@HCC's production of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' is hilariously F-U-N-N-Y (enjoyment, amusement or lighthearted pleasure) and delightfully Q-U-I-R-K-Y (characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits) night of theatre... Put this show on your must see list!" Read More:
------ OUTspoken by Steve Charing:
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a joy to experience. Andrew Haag’s spot-on lighting design and the costumes by Robert Croghan cap off an expertly directed
production performed by a wonderful cast and should not be missed." Read More:
------ TheatreBloom by Mandy Gunther:
5 STARS – “S-E-N-S-A-T-I-O-N-A-L!! … The Arts Collective at [HCC] is currently in possession of a most felicific production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, where a splendid time can be guaranteed for all. … this all-inclusive, heartwarmingly inviting, and enticingly entertaining production has all the feels, talent, and words that any connoisseur of the theatergoing world could hope for.” Read More:


-Driving Directions: HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044
-Building Map, Finding Horowitz Center Studio Theatre
-Parking: West Garage is recommended.

Tickets Options
General Admission: $20
Seniors (60+) / Military: $15
Students with ID: $10
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Group Pricing (6+): $15Buy Tickets

Performance Dates/Times

    May 19 @8PMMay 20 @8PMMay 21 @8PM
May 22 @3PM   May 26 @8PMMay 27 @8PMMay 28 @8PM
May 29 @3PM   June 2 @8PMJune 3 @8PMJune 4 @8PM
June 5 @3PM      
Meet the Director, Musical Director and Choreographer:

About the Director: Anthony Scimonelli
Mr. Scimonelli co-directed Howard Community College’s Arts Collective (AC) production of It’s A Wonderful Life last season with Gareth Kelly and directed AC’s production of Nobody In Particular. He performed in many AC productions from 1994-2015. Most recent AC on-stage appearances include Coffee House Under the Stars as co-emcee, What Improv Group’s (W.I.G.’s) Hallow Scream Improv Show, and Eat the Runt. Currently, he is an artistic associate and company member with Pumpkin Theatre in Baltimore where he has performed in many productions, such as Snow WhiteAladdinPeter Pan, and Jack & The Beanstalk. He has worked as a designer, musician and actor with “Spotlight UB” at the University of Baltimore from 2008-2014 and is the resident videographer at Spotlighters Theater.

About the Music Director: Mayumi Baker Griffie
Ms. Griffie has studied music for over 20 years and music directed shows for over 10 years and loves every minute of it.  Music director credits include: Ragtime with Howard Community College’s Arts Collective; Shrek with Ovations Theatre; Les Miserable with KAT JR.; A Year with Frog and Toad, Wizard of Ozwith KAT 2nd Stage; Rocky Horror Show, Jekyll & Hyde (nominated for Outstanding Musical Direction), and Ragtime (won WATCH award for Outstanding Musical Direction) with Kensington Art Theatre. Performance credits: Rent with Kensington Arts Theatre (ensemble) and with Laurel Mill Playhouse (ensemble/Joann understudy performed), Into the woods (Florinda) and Hairspray (Cindy Watkins/Dynamite) with Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. Director credits: Footloose with Academy of the Holy Cross Summer Stock Productions, Annie with KAT 2nd Stage.

About the Choreographer: Jess Beach
Ms. Beach has been training for over 25 years in all styles of dance in New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and up and down the east and west coast under noted dancers and choreographers, such as Nicolas Petrov (founder of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre) and Ilya Gaft (principal dancer for the Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre). She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA with a B.A. in Dance, followed by 6 years of working steadily for Stiletto Entertainment, where she worked with various noted choreographers, such as Broadway’s Patti Colombo, director, producer, and associate choreographer John Charron, and Carla Kama. Currently, Jess is an Artist in Residence and Instructor for the Dance Departments at Howard Community College and Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

About HCC’s Arts Collective

Howard Community College’s critically-acclaimed Arts Collective (AC) is a force to be reckoned with! AC is entirely committed to offering diverse, innovative, awe-inspiring works across all genres from the classics to the cutting edge, pushing the artistic boundaries inside theatre, original works, musical theatre and more!  Established in 1994, AC is known for being one of area’s most outstanding and creatively alive artistic organizations. AC continues its commitment to performers and audiences by offering stellar experiences inside the theatre. AC supports, nurtures, and fuses collaborative relationships between all artists with and without experience, from students to guest artists, on and off the stage.

Celebrate AC's artistic bravery and unique learning environment, where anything and everything is possible!
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