The 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE to Open at Footlighters Inc

FLI_Spelling Bee logoFootlighters will open The 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE on March 1st, 2018. This production directed by Nick Horton will take place at The Stained Glass theater, 802 York Street, Newport, Kentucky.

An eclectic group of six-graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee; bold and hyperallergic speller William Barfee uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrunenierre only wants to impress her gay dads. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition.

With an engaging, tuneful score by William Finn and a sweet, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE causes audiences to fall in love, both with the show itself and its “perspicacious,” “jocular,” and “effervescent” spellers

Performances: Thursday-Saturday, March 1- 3 at 8PM, Sunday, March 4 at 2PM, Thursday-Saturday, March 8-10 at 8PM, Sunday, March 11 at 2PM, Wednesday- Saturday, March 14-17 at 8PM.

Tickets: $23 are available at (859) 652-3849 or

Footlighters, Inc. has presented performances in the Greater Cincinnati area over the past 53 years. The group is noted for producing quality community theatre productions of primarily musical comedies and bought its own facility in 1987. The Stained Glass Theatre, a former church, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a Kentucky landmark.

Join us for our 2017-2018 Season that roots for the underdog.  Season includes Jekyll and Hyde, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, and Urinetown. Learn more at our website or become a friend on Facebook For more information please visit


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