Glenbard East Theatre puts on '25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'

Glenbard East Theatre presents its fall musical, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," by William Finn.

It's the annual spelling showdown, and six eccentric kids face off for the championship. Through laughter, heartache, and singing, each speller tells their touching tale as they learn winning isn't everything.

At the 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the spellers "sing" their stories and use hilarious techniques to spell the increasingly difficult words given to them. We root for all of them as the spelling bee becomes a metaphor for the transition from childhood to adulthood, with all its complexities. Who will win the final spelling bee that sends one lucky speller to Nationals?

The play will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, Nov. 16-18, in Rider Hall at Glenbard East High School, 1014 S. Main St. in Lombard.

Tickets are $15 or $12 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets at

The cast includes: Alyssa Canton-Ahlgrim, Cheyanne Christian, Avery Corral, Serge Dulang, Tiffany Huels, Annalee Kalbfleisch, Taylor Kowallis, Salvatore Manfre, Quinn McIntosh, Sophia Opila, Allie Piña, McKenna Schanks, Antione Smith, Marvin Tan Flores, Tricia Tran, Olive Turner, Jaden Tybor, Erik Vazquez, Jake Velasco, and Maxx Weinsheim.

The crew includes: Keira Alcantara, Emma Allen, Ari Bennett, Eishaal Bhimla, Abbie Bruce, Victoria Bustos, Charm Clein Cagoco, Jordan Cariño, Christina Chiero, Jason Cisnero, Sydnee Davis, Jaxson DiNikola, Raina Drake, Kate Eckhart, Ace Escamilla, Gray Gannon, Liv Gómez, Jilly Gorvett, Alexis Hoey, Meri Hokse, Carli Johnson, Aeryn MacShane, Charlotte Martin, Leo McIntosh, Emily Mescher, Nora Mucha, Zach Mullins, Hassan Nugud, Maxine Pascasio, Hetvi Patel, Sofia PeBenito, Estrella Pedroza, Corinne Petiprin, Lain Petiprin, Ethan Reinholtz, Declan Robertson, Elias Rose, Raymon Siuta, Jay Slejza, Abhia Syed, Riley Tessler, Kat Theusch, Diego Tiscareno, Arianna Tsimillis, Geraldine Valladares, Ivonne Vazquez, Owen Voke, Sarah Weiberg, Tessa Welninski, Jackson Wyatt, Iria Youstra, Herminia Zacatzi, and Beatriz Zacatzi.

The student-production staff crew heads include: Meri Hoske, assistant director; Eishaal Bhimla, stage manager; Corinne Petiprin, costumes; Lain Petiprin, hair & makeup; Ethan Reinholtz, lighting; Kat Theusch, props; Christina Chiero, set; Owen Voke, publicity; Jason Kane Cisnero, sound; Axel Capetillo, percussion; and Krisna Khan, bass.

The production staff includes: Andy Bero, director; Brandon Catt, music director; Stephen Uhl, pit orchestra director/piano; Andy Bero and Alyssa Pavlakis, choreographers; Chris Turner, technical director; Mack Hartweg, lighting direction; Micki Marin-Bunting, hair and makeup design; Josh Rubin and Marissa McLean, sound design; and Holly Haupert, costume design.

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