Photo Flash: ProArts' THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Opens Tonight

ProArts will present "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" as the second show of their 2013/2014 season. This Tony Award Winning musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin was conceived by Rebecca Feldman. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Six adolescent outsiders, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser even when they're vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. Audience members are recruited to try their hand at spelling against the "experts." Everyone wins in this heartwarming, funny, and very musical hit!

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" features the best of Maui talent including Kisha L. Milling, Gary Shin-Leavitt, Scott Smith, Justin House, Christina Sutrov, Jeff Brackett, Lily Marceau, Ashlyn-Jade Aniban and Isaac Rauch.

The show is produced and directed by Jonathan Lehman, with musical direction by Kim Vetterli. The costumes will be designed by Linda Ewing, scenery created by Caro Walker and lighting provided by Bonnie Prucha.

Opening night is tonight, December 13. The show runs two weekends until December 22, and then returns after the New Year for two more weekends:January 3 through January 12. It plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm (no show on 12/14). ProArts offers reserved seats at $25.00. Kama'?ina nights, with discounts for Hawaii residents, are scheduled for Saturday, December 14, and Thursdays,December 19 and January 9.

The intimate ProArts Playhouse is located at the Azeka (Makai) Shopping Center, 1280 S. Kihei Rd. in Kihei, Maui. The Playhouse is air conditioned with 82 reserved seats. There is free parking, plenty of nearby restaurants, and an art gallery inside currently featuring the works of Linda Ewing and Caro Walker. Call 463-6550 for tickets or more information.

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Photo Flash: ProArts' THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Opens Tonight
Top, Ashlyn-Jade Aniban, Isaac Rauch, Kisha L. Milling, Gary Shin-Leavitt, Justin House, Scott Smith; Bottom, Christina Sutrov, Lily Marceau, Jeff Brackett

Photo Flash: ProArts' THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Opens Tonight
Top, Lily Marceau, Justin House, Ashlyn-Jade Aniban; Bottom, Isaac Rauch, Jeff Brackett, Christina Sutrov

Photo Flash: ProArts' THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Opens Tonight
Lily Marceau, Justin House, Christina Sutrov, Isaac Rauch, Jeff Brackett, Ashlyn-Jade Aniban

Photo Flash: ProArts' THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Opens Tonight
Kisha L. Milling, Scott Smith, Gary Shin-Leavitt

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