Theater Program Presents Award-Winning Broadway Musical Comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Rutgers University–Camden theater program concludes its 2018-19 season with the award-winning Broadway musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The production – directed by Ellie Mooney, a part-time lecturer of theater at Rutgers–Camden – will run from Wednesday, April 10, to Saturday, April 14, in the Walter K. Gordon Theater.

Evening performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. A special high school matinee performance will be held at 10 a.m. Friday and a 2 p.m. matinee performance will be held on Sunday.

The story tracks an eclectic group of six student competitors who, with the help of audience participation, vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime while candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives.

The show, which earned Rachel Sheinkin the 2005 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical and features a fresh and vibrant score composed by Broadway veteran William Finn, promises a mixture of heartfelt emotions along with laugh-out-loud comedy.

“Mr. Finn’s more wistful songs provide a nice sprinkling of sugar to complement the sass in Rachel Sheinkin’s zinger-filled book,” wrote The New York Times.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee production cast consists of student-actors Matt Giacomelli of Vineland, John Patouhas of Voorhees, Rachel Aspen of Deptford, Sarah D’Agastino of Haddon Township, and Cory Yhap of Franklin Township, as well as Chelsea Fields of Philadelphia, Shaheera Hussein of Princeton, Sonñet Holley of Mount Holly, and Noel Gomez of Vineland.

Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for faculty, staff, and alumni; and $8 for students. They can be purchased one hour prior to show times at the Walter K. Gordon Theater, or in advance at the Impact Booth in the Campus Center or by phone at (856) 225-6211.

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