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147 E. Pueblo St., Reno, NV 89502

Spelling Bee

Directed by: Stacey Spain

  • Evening show dates: July 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, August 4, 5, 6 @ 7:30pm
  • Matinee show dates: July 24, 31, August 7 @ 2pm
  • Pay What You Decide Performance: Saturday, July 23rd
  • Post-show talkback: Sunday, July 31st
    • Please note: The July 15th, 16th, & 17th performances have been canceled due to illness in the cast/crew. Ticket holders will be contacted with instructions on how to reschedule reservations or receive a refund. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to navigate producing live theater during Covid times.


  • Regular: $30 per person
  • Senior: $25 per person
  • Student: $15 per person

*Recommended for ages 13+ with parental guidance.* 


Tobie Barton as Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre
Cori Cooper as Rona Lisa Peretti
Ryan Costello as Leaf Coneybear
John Frederick as Douglas Panch
Bernadette Garcia as Marcy Park
Edison Garcia as Mitch Mahoney
Ryan Kelly as William Barfée
Georgia McKnight as Olive Ostrovksy
Jared Lively as Chip Tolentino

Synopsis: An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vies 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.

Themes: Coming of age, family, identity, pressure, expectations

Check out our program for the show!

Production Crew: 
Director: Stacey Spain
Vocal Director: Brittney May
Choreographer: John Paul Rivard
Stage Manager: Mona Young
Assistant Stage Manager: Nohemy Velasco
Intimacy Director: Adriano Cabral
Assistant Intimacy Director: Thomas Rao
Dramaturg: Megan Lee Aguas
Lighting, and Sound Design: Chad Sweet
Scenic Design: Logan Reagan
Accent Coach: Rosie Brownlow-Calkin
Technical Director: Oliver Bream

We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for this show: 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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