Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens 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.
CHIP TOLENTINO (JESUS, OLIVE’S DAD in fantasy)-Steve Goedken
LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUBENNIERE- Allie Klinksy
LEAF CONEYBEAR (CARL DAD)- Joseph Alan Smith
WILLIAM BARFEE -Conner Lewis
MARCY PARK- McKayla Sturtz
OLIVE OSTROVSKY- Emma Drtina
RONA LISA PERRETTI (OLIVE’S MOM in fantasy)-Maddie Paxton
VICE PRINCIPAL DOUGLAS PANCH - Brian Smith
MITCH MAHONEY (DAN DAD)- Miguel Davidson
We are beyond grateful this year, and so glad to be together with our family- and extended families that we see on the weekends. This is a little different message though... We could use your support. Our first 4 years in business, we have relied almost entirely on ticket and concessions sales to keep our doors open, and prices consistent. Making theater could be cheap, but we have made the choice to produce really good shows in a really good location, which honestly makes the expenses add up fast.
We are hoping to keep Giving Tree focused on our mission: GREAT STORIES, BIG HEART. We don't have large corporate sponsorships, or rent-free space, and we are looking to people like you to be our champions. To keep our doors open, our lights on, and our focus on giving back to the community.
Since learning about Giving Tree Theater, many of you have asked us how you can help us make your cozy little Uptown theater a longterm success that will be around for a long time. We've been hesitant and measured about asking for help, but this is one way you can help us out.
We have new "high tech" fancy gift cards coming in soon, and would love to be thought of as one of the best gifts you can give your loved ones. We also have a limited remaining number of CSA (Community Supported Arts) Memberships that make a fantastic easy-to-use gift. Sign up online, and then you, or your loved one will simply see shows whenever they would like. It really is that simple!
We hope you'll give our gift cards, see our shows, and donate if you can - consider helping us so that we can continue to make some of the best theater in the region, in the most unique theater in the region, with the goofiest business model of just about any theater anywhere. Thank you.
We are (and have been since we opened, but didn't say much about it) a "Sponsored Project" of the national arts organization Fractured Atlas. They reviewed our mission and project plan, and then their board approved us to be a worthy project for their sponsorship program. This means donations made to Fractured Atlas in Giving Tree's name can be fully tax deductible.