Eureka College Fine and Performing Arts to Present ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’
March 31, 2022
EUREKA – Eureka College Fine and Performing Arts will be presenting the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on April 8-9 at Pritchard Theatre.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling” is based on the experiences of Scripps National Spelling Bee participants. The show started out as a collection of improvisational skits about a group of socially-challenged kids aged 9-14 competing for national spelling glory and a chance to go to Washington, D.C.
Originally titled, “C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E,” “The Bee” morphed into a Broadway musical comedy that went on to win numerous awards, including two Tonys.
The cast includes Eureka College students Steven Bartkus (Seneca, Ill./Seneca), Sean Blair (Paris, Ill./Paris), Baylor Cluver (Watseka, Ill./Watseka), Janessa Cornell (El Paso, Ill./El Paso-Gridley), Mason DeFore (Mendota, Ill./Mendota), Madison Draughan (Cuba, Ill./Cuba/Spoon River), Molly Feinerman (Peoria, Ill./Richwoods), Abi Gasper (Delavan, Ill./Delavan), Hunter Grant (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs), Eugene Lutz (Pekin, Ill./Tremont), Sean Sandrock (Tampico, Ill./Prophetstown) and Mackenzie Thompson (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria).
Odessa Grove (Lewistown, Ill./Lewistown) is the stage manager, while Sandrock and Cluver are serving as vocal directors, and Cornell and Cluver are the choreographers.
Eureka Alum Peter Jackson is the musical director, and EC’s director of theater, Nick LoChirco, will be directing his second EC production, following the fall’s charming rendition of “Story Theatre.”
There will be four performances, with the first taking place on Friday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, April 9, the performances will take place at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Times are subject to change and more performances could be added.
Seating will be limited, so to secure tickets, contact email@example.com. Tickets are free, but donations are always appreciated. Please be advised that the production has some adult situations and language.
Located in Eureka, Illinois, and chartered in 1855, Eureka College cultivates excellence in learning, service and leadership while providing students uniquely personalized and custom educational opportunities.
Originally founded by abolitionist members of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Eureka College holds the unique distinction of being the first college in Illinois and only the third in the nation to admit men and women on an equal basis. The College, which is located on nearly 70 wooded acres in central Illinois, is the smallest of only 24 colleges and universities to ever award a bachelor’s degree to a future President of the United States.