@ The Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Directed by Tom Smith

  • L to R - Carrie Klofach (Olive Ostrovsky), Kelsey Wymore (Olive's Mom) and Philip Alvarez (Olive's Dad)
  • Front Row L to R: Carrie Klofach (Olive Ostrovsky), William Zimmerman (William Barfee), Marieke Jackson (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre), 2nd & 3rd Row L to R: Matthew Esqueda (Chip Tolentino), Cindy Pitts (Marcy Park), Miguel Guzman (Leaf Coneybear)
  • L to R: Kelsey Wymore (Rona Peretti) and Mike Dick (Vice-Principal Douglas Panch)
  • Foreground: William Zimmerman (William Barfee), Background: Philip Alvarez (Mitch Mahoney)and Kelsey Wymore (Rona Peretti)
  • L to R: Cindy Pitts (Marcy Park), Matthew Esqueda (Chip Tolentino), Marieke Jackson (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre), Miguel Guzman (Leaf Coneybear), William Zimmerman (William Barfee), and Carrie Klofach (Olive Ostrovsky)
  • L to R:Philip Alvarez (Logainne's Dan Dad), Marieke Jackson (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre) and Miguel Guzman (Logainne's Carl Dad),
  • L to R: Carrie Klofach (Olive Ostrovsky) and Kelsey Wymore (Rona Peretti)
  • L to R: Matthew Esqueda (Jesus) and Cindy Pitts (Marcy Park)

Jun 24-Jul 10, 2011

FRI JUN 24, JUL 1,8| 8:00 PM
SAT JUN 25, JUL 2,9| 8:00 PM
SUN JUL 3,10| 2:30 PM
THU JUL 7 | 7:00 PM


The Tony Award winning musical comedy, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE will be presented by No Strings Theatre Company from June 24 through July 10 at the Black Box Theatre, 430 North Downtown Mall in Las Cruces.

Set in a middle school "cafetorium", SPELLING BEE takes a hilarious and heartwarming look at the pressures of growing up through the eyes of quirky yet lovable characters competing for the title of spelling bee champ. Throughout the Bee, each learns that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. At each performance, four audience volunteers are selected and invited on stage to participate in the Bee, making each performance unique.

"I am thrilled to be working on this production with such an amazing cast," says director Tom Smith. "This is the finest group of singers I've worked with in quite a while."

SPELLING BEE won the 2005 Tony Award for best book of a musical and the 2005 Drama Desk award for best musical and best book of a musical. The production at No Strings Theatre Company marks its southern New Mexico premiere.


Chip Tolentino
Leaf Coneybear
Light Design
Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre
Marcy Park
Mitch Mahoney
Olive Ostrovsky
Rona Peretti
Vice-Principal Douglas Panch
William Barfee
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There will be NO reserved seats for the Imrov Show which starts at 7:30. Seating will be limited to 33 and will be first come first seated starting at 7:00 pm

Our next regular production is Every Brilliant Thing. The normal ticketing system will be used but you may only select the number of seats you require and we will assign seats to comply with NM Covid requirements. The stage is 10 feet from the first row. You may request row 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 and we will do our best to honor your request. Please see the event pages for details.

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