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Photo Flash: Opening Night of La Mirada's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Photo Flash: Opening Night of La Mirada's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment are t-h-r-i-l-l-e-d to present the third production of La Mirada Theatre's 2009-2010 season of shows, the Tony Award-winning musical THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, additional material by Jay Reiss, choreography by DJ Gray, musical direction by David O and directed by Jeff Maynard.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE began performances on Friday, February 5 and will run through Sunday, February 21 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada.

F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C! - That's the only way to spell this smash-hit musical comedy! The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is the story of how six young people in the throes of puberty, 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. This hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award-winning creative team has created 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. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a roller coaster of music and fun.

The cast of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE features: Jason Graae, Melvin Abston, Shanon Mari Mills, Cassie Silva, Laura Griffith, Tom Zohar, Brett Ryback, Daniel Tatar and Lana McKissack.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE has assembled an award-winning design team. The set design is by Beowulf Boritt. The lighting design is by Craig Pierce. The costume design is by Jennifer Caprio. The sound design is by Josh Bessom. Hair/Wig/Make-up design is by Judi Lewin.

Performances are at 7:30pm on Tuesdays through Thursdays; 8pm on Fridays; 2pm and 8pm on Saturdays; and 2pm and 7pm on Sundays.

Tickets range from $35 - $50 and can be purchased at La Mirada Theatre's website, www.lamiradatheatre.com or by calling the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. Student, Senior, Children and group discounts are available.

Photos by Jane Lynch

Photo Flash: Opening Night of La Mirada's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Photo Flash: Opening Night of La Mirada's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Cathy Rigby and Melvin Abston

Photo Flash: Opening Night of La Mirada's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
House Manager Devis Andrade, Daniel Tatar, Laura Griffith, Jeff Maynard and Jason Graae

Photo Flash: Opening Night of La Mirada's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Cast with Musical Director David O and Director Jeff Maynard

Photo Flash: Opening Night of La Mirada's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Cast with Musical Director David O, Director Jeff Maynard and Executive Producers Tom McCoy and Cathy Rigby

Photo Flash: Opening Night of La Mirada's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Shanon Mari Mills with Choreographer DJ Gray

Photo Flash: Opening Night of La Mirada's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
The cast (l-r) Jason Graae, Lana McKissack, Melvin Abston, Tom Zohar, Cassie Silva, Shanon Mari Mills, Laura Griffith, Brett Ryback and Daniel Tatar

Photo Flash: Opening Night of La Mirada's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Cast members Lana McKissack, Melvin Abston, Tom Zohar, Cassie Silva, Shanon Mari Mills and Laura Griffith

Photo Flash: Opening Night of La Mirada's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Cast members Daniel Tatar, Shanon Mari Mills, Tom Zohar

Photo Flash: Opening Night of La Mirada's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Wig/Hair/Make-up Designer Judi Lewin with Audience Wrangler Stephanie Burden

Photo Flash: Opening Night of La Mirada's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Director Jeff Maynard, Daniel Tatar, Brian Kite and Terence McFarland (LA Stage Alliance Executive Director)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of La Mirada's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Producing Artistic Director Brian Kite, Actor Evan Arnold, Director Jeff Maynard, Actor Kevin Weisman and Lighting Designer Craig Pierce

Photo Flash: Opening Night of La Mirada's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Wardrobe Supervisor Lorna Lombardo, Press Relations David Elzer, La Mirada Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Brian Kite

Photo Flash: Opening Night of La Mirada's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE


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