More About 'Spelling Bee'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    October 16, 2018

CONTACT: Randall Hartzog, Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications     901.682.8601


Musical ‘Bee’ Stings with Humor and Insight

Memphis, TN – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a fast-paced and witty musical, literally litters the stage with letters during its run at Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, November 2 – 17, 2018.  Mid-pubescents (played by adults) vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime and learn that winning (and losing) isn't everything. Hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake, they candidly disclose hilarious and touching stories from their home lives. A truly fresh and vibrant score makes this musical ‘Bee’ unforgettable.

Cecelia Wingate, director, loves Spelling Bee so much that this is her second time to direct it. “It is not only STOOPID fun,” Wingate deliberately misspells in her response, “… but it is so incredibly heart-warming,” she is quick to point out.  Adults play children as young as 7 or 8 and the children’s lives, passions, and foibles are discovered along the way.  Some audience members get involved as guest spellers for some spontaneous fun, and as Wingate points out, “It's the perfect combination of hilarity and poignancy set to a wonderful musical score that points to those years of awkward adolescence.”

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a long way to say F-U-N,” Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch connotes. “The music and choreography add to the charm of the show,” Litch continues, “… and the show can be quite touching. We try our level best to offer our community a variety of entertainment on our stages and this show is a variety show unto itself. It will put a ‘spell’ on you!”


TITLE: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee


BOOK BY: Rachel Sheinkin with additional material by Jay Reiss

DIRECTOR: Cecelia Wingate

MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Jason Eschhofen      CHOREOGRAPHER: Jared Johnson

VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117

RUN DATES: November 2 - 17, 2018

TIMES OF SHOWS: Wednesdays 11/7 and 11/14 and Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays

TICKETS: $35 adults, $15 student; $30 Military and 62 and older

BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323     WEB:

SPONSORED BY: Dr. Thomas Ratliff

MEDIA SPONSORS: WKNO 91.1 FM, The Memphis Flyer, Germantown News

Promotional image attached.  Production photos available October 31, 2018.

Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.

Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from: First Tennessee Foundation/ArtsFirst, The Jeniam Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission.

Posted by Randall Hartzog at 3:39 PM
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