The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Friday 5 November 2010 to Saturday 13 November 2010
8:00pm - 10:00pm

Location: Foster Arts Centre | Category:

The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee

FAMDA's production of this Tony Award winning musical runs from November 5-13

Can you spell I-R-R-E-S-I-S-T-I-B-L-E?

Don your thinking cap and polish off the dictionary … Come and enjoy a riotously funny and entirely adorable new musical –

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which is is buzzing into Foster!

Join six quirky adolescents as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

This fresh musical comedy embraces the weird, welcomes the awkward and celebrates overachieving angst.

Composed by William Finn, author of Falsettos and A New Brain, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee includes a score chock full of infectious and playful songs.

Nominated for an incredible six 2005 Tony awards and winner of two, Spelling Bee will charm and delight with its frivolous spelling bee fun.

Often chaotic, always unique, this hilarious take on American pop culture is a true delight.

The show centres around a fictional spelling bee set in a school hall somewhere in the middle of USA.

The story concerns the pre-pubescent spelling contestants, all played by young adults, and the three troubled grown-up supervisors of the bee.

The three adults adjudicating the proceedings are a nostalgic former spelling bee winner, a mildly insane Vice Principal and the Official Comfort Counsellor completing his community service to the State of New York.

As the six kids face off in the battle of their lives, the competition is intense and the words outrageous.  Gradually the kids learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

Let the spelling (and the singing) begin!

FAMDA’s hilarious version of this bright new musical comedy that will warm your heart and bring side splitting entertainment to South Gippsland.

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Directing FAMDA’s production is Nathan Eva who made his stage debut as Oliver in FAMDA’s 2000 production of Oliver!.

John Laurie, director of Into the Woods for FAMDA in 2009, is the Musical Director


  • Rona: Nicole Cooper
  • Douglas Panch: Noel Stringer
  • Mitch Mahoney Paul Smith
  • Leaf Coneybear: Ivan Koetsveld
  • Marcy Park: Katelyn Ardley
  • William Barfée: Emmi Latham
  • Chip Tolentino: Josh Gardiner
  • Olive Ostrovsky: Gabrielle Vening
  • Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre: Jemma Eva

It’s the funniest thing in seven consonants!

Jubilant and touching, this Tony Award–winning musical comedy pits quirky prepubescent overachievers against one other in the spelling challenge of a lifetime.

Amid infectious songs such as “My Friend, the Dictionary,” “Woe Is Me, and “I Speak Six Languages,” the nerdy and wordy learn that winning isn’t everything.

See FAMDA bring it all to life in Foster 5 – 13 November for 7 Performances only at Foster War Memorial Arts Centre

  • Gala opening 8pm Friday 5 November
  • 8pm Saturday 6 November
  • 2pm Sunday 7 November
  • 8pm Thursday 11 November
  • 8pm Friday 12 November
  • 2pm & 8pm Saturday 13 November

Tickets: .. Gala opening 5 November all tickets: $35.00

6 – 13 November: Adults: $30.00

Concession / Group 10+: $25.00


Main Street Revelations at 31 Main Street, Foster.  Tel:  0400 867 872

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