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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Book by: Rachel Sheinkin
Music and Lyrics: William Finn

Season 10-25 June 2011
Venue ANU Arts Centre


The competition is intense. The words are hilarious. Let the spelling begin! The show centers around a fictional spelling bee in Putnam County, New York. Six kids face off in the battle of their lives. Three adults help adjudicate the proceedings: a nostalgic former spelling bee winner, a mildly insane Vice Principal and The Official Comfort Counselor completing his community service to the state of New York.


Director Tim Sekuless
Musical Director Rose Shorney
Choreographer Jordan Kelly
Production Manager Gaby Schmid
Assistant Production Manager David Tricks
Stage Manager Samantha Pickering
Backstage crew Dennis Bittisnich
Set Design Ian Croker, Tim Sekuless
Set building and coordination Ian Croker, David Tricks, Gaby Schmid, Pam McManus, Mario Larocca
Set Artwork Ian Croker
Lighting Designer Chris Neal
Lighting Operator Johno Quinn
Followspot operator Cody Denham
Audio Operator Andrew Snell
Audio System Technician James McPherson
Radio Mic Technicians David Tricks, Alex Rogers
Costume Designer Judith Satrapa
Costume Assistants Gaby Schmid, Sean Ladlow, Annette Sharpe, Emma White
Publicity Team Pam McManus, Melita Caulfield, Gaby Schmid
Props Manager Jessica Cooke
Poster Design Graphic Ark
Program Design and Construction Graphic Ark, Melita Caulfield, Gaby Schmid
Photography Sandi Keynes, Melita Caulfield
Front of House Manager Graham Bauerle


Miss Rona Peretti Karla Conway
Vice Principal Douglas Panch Berin Denham
Mitch Mahoney Phil Marlan
Chip Tolentino Jeff Van de Zandt
Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre Rebecca Franks
Marcy Park Jenny Lu
Leaf Coneybear James Court
William Barfée Blake Appelqvist
Olive Ostrovsky Alison Noble

The Putnam Band

Bass Eric Dallas
Flute Bernadette Evans
Cello Lada Marcelja
Clarinet/sax Kirsten Nilsson
Clarinet/sax Bronwyn Paschalidis
Keyboard Ewan Putnam
Keyboard Catherine Rheinberger
Percussion Ron Tito