Atlantis Productions' recent hit musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will return for a limited repeat run from July 3 to 12 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati.
“Spelling Bee” has a Tony Award-winning book by Rachel Sheinkin and music and lyrics by Tony Award winner William Finn. It centers on a fictional spelling bee in Putnam County, New York, where six kids in the throes of puberty face off in the battle of their lives. They compete against each other as well as members of the audience. 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.
No two “Spelling Bee” shows are ever alike, as it features “starring roles” each night for two volunteer audience members and two surprise celebrity guest spellers. Celebrity guest spellers during the recent sold-out run included Lea Salonga, Jett Pangan, Pinky Marquez, Cheska Ortega, Leo Rialp, Jon Santos, Cherie Gil, Sen. Chiz Escudero, Noel Trinidad, Gabe Mercado, Sitti, Miguel Mendoza, Gina Alajar, Christian Bautista, Isabella Gonzales, Franco and Ayen Laurel, Geneva Cruz, Wency Cornejo, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Rajo Laurel, Nyoy Volante, Teresa Herrera, Aiza Seguerra and Eula Valdez.
Director Bobby Garcia says, “It is a rare occasion when a musical really finds an audience that keeps coming back to the show wanting more. So it is a great thrill for us that audiences have embraced 'Spelling Bee.' It was such a joy for us to rehearse and stage this show, and we are really excited to be able to repeat the show for a very limited two-week run in July.”
“Spelling Bee” is directed by Bobby Garcia, with choreography by Chari Arespacochaga, set design by Tuxqs Rutaquio, lighting design by Johnsy Reyes, costume design by Twinkle Zamora, vocal coaching by ManMan Angsico and musical direction by Jojo Malferari. The show is made possible through a special licensing arrangement with Music Theatre International.
For tickets, call 8927078 or 8401187.