- $15 for one ticket to see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (up to $28 value)
- Where: Springfield Little Theatre
- Seating: best-available assigned upon purchase
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Friday, January 23, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, January 24, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, January 25, at 2:30 p.m.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
A one-act musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee centers on six adolescent overachievers, each mired in their own unique form of pubescent angst as they embark on a comic quest to win a spelling competition. The affable outcasts battle batty judges, frustrating pronouncers, and unhelpful usage-in-a-sentence examples—but the trials and travails of the bee pale in comparison to the struggles with divorce, deep-seated fears, and other real-life struggles. During each performance, four volunteer audience members hop on stage to compete in the bee along with the characters, creating the most fun crowd-participation opportunity since Laurence Olivier’s infamous stage dives.
Writer Rachel Sheinkin won a Tony for her story of Chip Tolentino, Leaf Coneybear, William Barfee, Marcy Park, Olive Ostrovsky, and the unfairly advantaged Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere. Composer William Finn’s quirky, wistful score won a Tony of its own.
Springfield Little Theatre
When the Landers burned in 1920, it could have been the end of the theatre's 10-year run as one of Springfield's top vaudeville stages. Instead firefighters from four stations, an asbestos curtain, and a fire-retardant buildup of applause on the wood ensured that the show went on—despite soon switching to the silver screen. Then, in 1970, the historic building began yet another history-making chapter when it became home to the Springfield Little Theatre, which switched the venue's focus from "talkies" to plays. Today, audiences passing through its lovingly restored Baroque halls take their seats to watch one of the eight productions the SLT puts on every year.