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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

May 5, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Friday 5 May: Evening 7.30pm
Saturday 6 May: Matinee 2.00pm and Evening 7.30pm 

Recommended for ages 13+ Includes some course language and mature themes
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ELTHAM College will open a new ‘bespoke production’ this May with The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee. 

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical that has charmed audiences across the world with its balance of humour and heart-warming moments. It is fast-paced and wildly funny, yet touching, with a vibrant score. 

An eclectic group of six kids enter the spelling championship – an opportunity of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing “ding” of the bell, that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves a champion. 

The musical explores social connections, puberty, family, love and isolation, through the innocent lens of youth; mirroring the realities of grown-up life.

What is a boutique production? 

Our boutique production, a new and internationally recognised approach introduced for 2023, allows the performers to play characters who are the same or similar in age, and to explore individual acting challenges. Student performers can extend their skills, through this more complex and difficult performance work. Students in Years 10 to 12 auditioned for the production in November 2022. With only a small cast, it meant not every student could be successful. This gives students an authentic learning experience, being similar to auditioning for external acting opportunities.  

Tickets are available, bookings via Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1016310

Key Details:
Harold Mitchell Performing Arts Centre, ELTHAM College 

1660 Main Rd, Research VIC 3095, Australia 

Friday 5 May: Evening 7.30pm
Saturday 6 May: Matinee 2.00pm and Evening 7.30pm 


May 5, 2023
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Harold Mitchell Performing Arts Centre, ELTHAM College
1660 Main Road
Research, Victoria 3095 Australia
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