Seasoned actors can convey subtle emotions to the back row, even through their two-man horse costume. Watch pros at work with this GrouponLive deal to see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, presented by Theatre VCU at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. For $12, you get one ticket for general-admission seating (up to a $25 value). Doors for each show open 15 minutes before the curtain. Choose from the following shows:
- Friday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m.
- Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m.<p>
The drama enthusiasts at Theatre VCU assemble professional-quality productions of thought-provoking shows, passionately acted and staged by VCU students. To wrap up its 2012 Mainstage Season, Theater VCU lures locally beloved veteran director Gary C. Hopper out of retirement to stage the Tony Award–winning Off Broadway hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The clever, one-act musical 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 play’s hilarity endures while the affable outcasts battle batty judges, frustrating pronouncers, and unhelpful usage-in-a-sentence examples. During each performance, four volunteer audience members hop on stage to compete in the bee along with the characters, creating the most fun interaction between actor and audience since Laurence Olivier’s infamous stage dives.
Though Theatre VCU offers discounts for students and seniors, this Groupon still offers the best deal available for most customers.
Theatre VCU has worked toward two goals: to help create a new generation of theater artists, and to ensure the tanks on their applause-powered generators stay full. Young performers along with costume, scenic, and lighting designers, and stage managers hone their crafts and nurture their talents. And, they manage to create some pretty terrific art that has become a great community resource for entertainment.