Photo Coverage Exclusive: Nutley Little Theatre¬'s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

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Who would have thought that Nutley Little Theatre (NLT), a community theater group, could hold workshops and productions inside an old red barn since the mid-1930s? 

NLT's red barn, which is nestled in the heart of Nutley in North NJ, saw the theater company's humble beginnings as a parish-based arts ministry in 1934 and its first regular season plays directed by Robert Winternitz in 1934 to1935.  That same iconic red barn also serves as the performance venue in NLT's current season --76 seasons and counting -- that closes with William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin's Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee from June 10 to June 25. 

NLT's Spelling Bee director Danielle Jacob and its cast, headed by former Repertory Philippines actor John Villa (Douglas Panch), had recently invited BroadwayWorld.com for an exclusive peek into their community theater production of the Tony Award-winning musical.

Its charming, quirky and delightful main characters -- six geeky kids approaching puberty played by adult actors pretending to be precocious youngsters -- were bubbly and spontaneous especially with the participation of at least three guest spellers from the audience during Act 1.

Apart from Villa, NLT's Spelling Bee also features Maria Aromondo (Marcy Park), Gira Derise (Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere), Mollie Gash (Olive Ostrovsky), Jorge Gonzalez, Jr. (Leaf Coneybear, Carl Dad), Zach Mazouat (Chip Tolentino), John Poff (William Barfee), Jessica Sporn (Rona Lisa Peretti) and Alan Van Antwerp (Mich Mahoney, Dan Dad). 

Marsha Schreier is musical director.  Jill Babicz is stage manager.

NLT stages its productions at the NLT Barn, 47 Erie Place, Nutley, located off Brookfield Avenue (one block east of Franklin Avenue). For tickets and more information, visit www.nutleylittletheatre.com or like NLT on Facebook.

Photos by Oliver Oliveros

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Nutley Little Theatre's red barn

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
The Spelling Bee Rules - John Villa (Douglas Panch)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Rona's Moment - Jessica Sporn (Rona Lisa Peretti)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Judge's table - Rona Lisa Peretti (Jessica Sporn) and Douglas Panch (John Villa)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Leaf, Phone - Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere (Gira Derise), Leaf Coneybear ( Jorge Gonzales Jr.)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
My Friend , the Dictionary - Olive Ostrovsky (Mollie Gash)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
William Barfee (John Poff) and spellers

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Marcy Park ( Maria Aromondo)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Chip Tolentino (Zach Mazouat)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
William Barfee and Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere with guest speller

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Mitch Mahoney (Alan Van Antwerp)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Daddy Conference - Carl Dad (Jorge Gonzales Jr.) Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere ( Gira Derise) and Dan Dad (Alan Van Antwerp)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
FLAGELLATE ! - Olive Ostrovsky (Mollie Gash) with the company

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Company with guest spellers

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Magic Foot - William Barfee ( John Poff)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
M.U.E. - Chip Tolentino (Zach Mazouat)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
I'm Not That Smart - Leaf Coneybear (Jorge Gonzales Jr.)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Prayer of the Comfort Counselor - Mich Mahoney (Alan Van Antwerp)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Second - William Barfee (John Poff) and Olive Ostrovsky (Mollie Gash)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
I Speak Six Languages - Marcy Park (Maria Aromondo) with Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere (Gira Derise) and Olive Ostrovsky (Mollie Gash)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Marcy Park (Maria Aromondo)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Rona Lisa Peretti ( Jessica Sporn) and Douglas Panch (John Villa)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Company with Director (Danielle Jacob)

Photo Coverage Exclusive:  Nutley Little Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

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Oliver Oliveros Oliver Oliveros received a master's degree in public relations and corporate communication from New York University while serving as regional director for BroadwayWorld.com, where he accepted an Award for Excellence: Best International Editor in 2013.

For nearly 20 years, Oliver has been handling public relations, corporate communication, and integrated marketing communications for numerous brands (including Pepsi), Broadway shows, Broadway stars, non-profit organizations, and mainstream celebrities.

He is also the editor-in-chief for Fil-Am Who’s Who, a monthly magazine that tells the real-life success stories of Filipino Americans from the New York Tri-State area.


 
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