Photo Flash: Theatre at the Center's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Opening Night

Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, presents heartwarming production of the two-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Audiences will enjoy the fun now through August 18 when Theater at the Center spells out another winner with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Featuring witty and endearing music and lyrics by William Finn and a delightful book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is the touching story of a group of prepubescent overachievers who are pitted against one another in the spelling challenge of a lifetime. The production is directed by David Perkovich and celebrated its press opening on Sunday, July 14. Scroll down for photos from opening night!

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a tuneful, clever and uproarious tale that follows the story of six over-achieving and quirky adolescents vying for a spelling championship, overseen by equally colorful adults. Through the ups and downs of the bee they're forced to learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. The comical bar is raised exponentially as four volunteer audience members get the opportunity to become part of the action as an on-stage bee contestant.

Created through a workshop process, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opened Off-Broadway where it became an instant success thanks to universal rave reviews and incredible buzz. The show eventually moved to Broadway where it ran for 3 years. Nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, it won two Tonys, including Best Book of a Musical.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee cast stars Rose Le Tran as "Marcy Park", Cory Goodrich as "Rona Lisa Peretti", Nicole Miller as "Olive Ostrovsky", Bear Bellinger as "Mitch Mahoney", Frank J. Paul as "Isaac 'Chip' Berkowitz", Landree Fleming as "Logainne Schwarz and grubenierre", Jonathan Wagner as "William Barfee", Patrick Tierney as "Leaf Coneybear" and Jake Mahler as "Douglas Panch".

The Artistic Team, led by Theatre at the Center Artistic Director William Pullinsi, features Direction by David Perkovich, Choreography by Nicole Miller and Musical Direction and Orchestrations by William A. Underwood. The design team includes Scenic Designer Inseung Park; Lighting Designer Denise Karczewski; Sound Designer Barry G. Funderburg; Costume Designer Brenda Winstead, Wig Designer Kevin Barthel, and Props Designer Bridget Earnshaw. The Stage Manager is Matt McMullen, the Production Manager/Technical Director is Ann Davis; and TATC's General Manager is Richard Friedman.

Founded in 1991, Theatre at the Center is a year-round professional theater at its home, The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. Theatre at the Center is Located off I-80/94, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, and has free parking.

Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.;; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and select Thursday evenings and Saturday 2:30 p.m. performances. Individual ticket prices range from $38 - $42. To purchase individual tickets call the Box Officeat 219.836.3255 or at 800.511.1552. Group discounts are available for groups of 11 or more and gift certificates, perfect for all special occasions, are also available. For more information on Theatre at the Center, visit

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Cory Goodrich, Nicole Miller, Rose Le Tran, Landree Fleming

Director David Perkovich and Artistic Director William Pullinsi

Jake Mahler, Frank J. Paul, Bear Bellinger and Patrick Tierney

Jonathan Wagner, Jake Mahler, Frank J. Paul, Bear Bellinger and Patrick Tierney

Musical Direction and Orchestrations William Underwood, Sound Designer Barry G. Funderburg

Stage Manager Matt McMullen, Assistant to the Director India Van Kamp

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