Theatre's "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" Opens Friday, March 1

Comedic musical at Kent State Stark is the second production of the 2018-19 academic year.

Kent State University at Stark Theatre will hold its second theatrical production of the 2018-19 season, “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, a musical comedy by playwrights William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin and Rebecca Feldman. 

The cast of “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will take to the campus’ stage for opening night at 7:30 p.m. tonight in The Mary J. Timken Theatre, which is located in the newly expanded and renovated Fine Arts Building, 6000 Frank Ave. NW.

Directed by Kent State Stark Theatre Director Jim Weaver, “Putnam County” is a musical about an eclectic group of six tweens vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the students 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.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The show also will take place at 7:30 p.m. March 8 and 9, and at 2 p.m. March 10.

Tickets for the show can be purchased online at, by phone at 330-244-3348 or in person at the box office in the Fine Arts lobby. Will call opens one hour prior to performances. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and non-KSU students. Tickets are free to all Kent State students with student IDs.   

POSTED: Friday, March 1, 2019 02:45 PM
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2022 06:49 AM
Melissa Griffy Seeton