25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

September 19 – October 15, 2017 Music and Lyrics by William Finn • Book by Rachel Sheinkin • Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

Dust off your dictionary as six awkward adolescents face off in the battle of their lives. Let the spelling (and the singing) begin! The competition is intense. The words are outrageous.  The songs are hilarious. These six quirky youngsters tell tales from their home lives while spelling their hearts out hoping to never hear the crushing “ding” of the bell that signals a mistake. Both tender and sarcastic, this joyful Tony Award-winning musical of overachievers’ angst brings you inside a spelling championship you’ll never forget.

“Can you spell I-R-R-E-S-I-S-T-I-B-L-E? Spelling Bee is riotously funny and entirely adorable.” –The New York Times Directed by Amy Kaissar

Sneak peek of Spelling Bee!

Life is pandemonium!

It’s official. Audiences L-O-V-E Spelling Bee

Can you spell these words? They’re laborious

Behind-the-Curtain of Spelling Bee

Meet the Spellers of Spelling Bee

Can you spell PUTNAM?

Meet the Cast

Will Carlyon (Chip Tolentino) is so excited to be making his Bristol Riverside Theatre debut in …Spelling Bee! Since …Spelling Bee‘s original Broadway production, the show has been a favorite of Will’s (he was even lucky enough to see the original production once or twice or fifteen times, but who’s counting). Favorite credits include: Cabaret (2014 Broadway Revival), All Shook Up (Chad), Henry V (Henry), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Hero), A Midsummer Nights Dream, and Godspell. Training: Northwestern University, LAMDA. Go ‘Cats!



Andrew Coleman (Mitch Mahoney) is honored to be making his BRT debut playing one of his dream roles! He recently graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a BFA in Acting, and was most recently seen as Seaweed in Crane River Theatre’s production of Hairspray. He is also a proud alum of the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford Program. Other notable credits include Sister Act (Lt. Eddie Souther), Memphis, A Raisin in the Sun (Joseph Asagai), The Little Mermaid (Sebastian), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), Jitney  (Turnbo),  Black Nativity (Joseph), and The Amen Corner (Luke). He’d like to thank God and his family and friends for their constant love and support. Grab a juice box and enjoy the show! @drewboigenius


Leigha Kato (Marcy Park) is making her Bristol Riverside Theatre debut! Regional: Mouse, et in A Year with Frog and Toad, Myrrah & Others in Metamorphoses (Arden Theatre Company), Katttin in Mother Courage, Joan in Saint Joan, Evil Angel and other in Doctor Faustus (Quintessence Theatre Co.), Little Red in Into the Woods (Theatre Horizon), Amanda in 4000 Miles (Philadelphia Theatre Co.) Tribe in HAIR (Chance Theatre Co). Training: The University of the Arts. Thanks to Amy, Nate, Stephen, the Bristol staff and this fantastic cast. Up next: Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at Quintessence Theatre Group and Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher at Theatre Horizon. Endless love to my fam and my dear. Cultivate Enthusiasm. Leighakato.com


Kathryn McCreary (Rona Lisa Perretti) is elated to be making her debut performance at BRT in this eudaenomic production!  Kathryn was most recently featured in The New Yorkers at Encores! National tours: The Phantom of the Opera and Avenue Q. Regional favorites: Caroline, or Change (PCPA); The Women of Brewster Place (Unicorn Theatre); Spring Awakening (Olney Theatre Center); and Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Allenberry Playhouse).  Many, many thanks to Dave at the Hoff Agency, loving husband John, Mom in heaven, Dad, Jessie, and Zac and a big welcome to new son, Dewey!  www.KathrynMcCreary.com


Joshua Morgan (William Barfee) BROADWAY: Les Miserables. REGIONAL: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co., Arena Stage, TUTS, Folger Theatre, Triad Stage, Olney Theatre Center, amongst many others. BFA: UNCSA. @jmorganarts






Robert Smythe (Vice Principal Douglas Panch) is a natural choice for Spelling Bee: his name has been misspelled his entire life. An actor and voiceover artist who’s won seven Barrymore awards, he is best known in Philadelphia as the founder and Artistic Director of Mum Puppettheatre. An accomplished playwright, director, choreographer, and educator, he has directed and created work for the Goodspeed Opera House, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Arden Theater, the Wilma Theater, and the Minneapolis Children’s Theater, and others. He holds fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Charitable Trusts. Bristol Riverside Theatre has held two readings of his play, Quicksilver, and he was in Bristol’s The Little Prince during its Broadway run. He’s also appeared at BRT in Man of La Mancha and The Spitfire Grill and is relieved to finally get to speak on stage.


Phebe Taylor (Olive Ostrovsky) frequently appears on the stage of the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, where favorite shows include Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Boston Marriage, End Days, and as Little Sally in Urinetown. She was also Peter in Peter Pan at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre and is a member of the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company. A graduate of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, she often performs with Pushcart Players, a nationally touring theatre for young audiences based in New Jersey.  Phebe lives in Queens and collects vintage toys and games


TJ Wagner (Leaf Coneybear) is feeling super-sonic about making his Bristol Riverside Theatre debut in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. A Philly native based out of NYC, T.J. was recently seen Off-Broadway in Measure for Measure (Bryant Park), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Access Theatre), On Your Mark (47th Street Theatre), and Far From Canterbury (Soho Playhouse). Regional Credits include …Spelling Bee (Florida Repertory Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors, Red, Ragtime (Hangar Theatre), Othello (Ithaca Shakespeare), and …Spelling Bee (Hope Summer Repertory). T.J. is a recent graduate of Ithaca College and a proud AEA member. A big thank you to T.J.’s family for their unwavering support. @tjwagner


Brooke Wetterhahn (Logainne Schwartzandgrubennier) is thrilled to be making her Bristol Riverside Theatre deubt with such an inspiring and dynamic team of artists! Recent graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama under the New Studio on Broadway. Regional: Broadway’s Rising Stars (Town Hall). Other theatre: Seussical (Cat in the Hat), Taming of the Shrew (Gremio), Godspell (“Bless the Lord”), Jerry’s Girls (Soloist). Workshops: Buccaneers: Embark, All the Kids are Doing It. She thanks her family & friends for their endless support and XOXO’s! www.brookewetterhahn.com


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