Deb Roberts’ Performance Workshop, an advanced ensemble of young actors, ages 11-14, is presenting a kids adapted version of the very funny Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee This highly original piece of musical theater started Off Broadway in 1999, became an instant hit and moved on to Broadway to great acclaim. It is, as the title suggests, a spoof on a County spelling bee, full of funny young middle and high school characters of every imaginable type
The award-winning score by William Finn includes gorgeous songs and vignettes about the competitors lives and families. Leaf Coneybear is played by Ariel Abergel who has just appeared at Don’t Tell Mama’s, 46th St NYC, in a series of comedy sketches. He also just filmed a commercial and is up for several more! Wilma Barfee, is played by Gili Zaifman. The dreamy Olive Ostrowsky is played by Julia Ganbarg, Cindy Tolentino by Ariel Fromm, Logianne Schwartzandgrubiniere by Lisa AgranovMarcy Parks, by Olivia Wasser The County Council President is Steve Garcia, Mimi, the all- important Comfort Counsellor, by Quinn Martinelli, the Spelling Bee President is, Molly Thomas
The solos and group numbers have been adapted by Musical Director Ina Dzemidavits They include I’m Not That Smart, Pandemonium and My Friend the Dictionary. Alexander Dorf has assisted choreographed.
Come one, come all! This very funny show is a treat for all ages – don’t miss it!