Tony Award-winning musical comedy runs through weekend

Stetson University continues its second weekend with William Finn’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy, The 25thAnnual Putnam County Spelling Bee, running Nov. 8 through Nov. 11 at Stetson Theatre Arts’ “Second Stage” Theatre, located in the Museum of Florida Art at 600 N. Woodland Blvd., across the street from Emily Hall. Show times are 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday nights, and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The light-hearted musical comedy allows the audience to experience a spelling bee in the most lively and heartfelt way through means of song and dance. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, directed by Dr. Julie Schmitt, associate professor of Theatre and director of the Theatre Arts program, is a hip musical comedy which follows six young people in the throes of puberty, who are overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, as they learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. With its enormously appealing cast of lovable misfits, nerds, and neurotics, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee hilariously captures the angst, exhilaration and heartache that make growing up so painful and so wonderful. At each performance, four audience volunteers are selected and invited on stage to participate in the Bee, making each performance unique.

All Stetson faculty, students and staff, presenting IDs, are admitted free of charge. For information or reservations, call Stetson Theatre’s “Second Stage” box office at (386) 822-8700.