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Altarena Playhouse
Across from Lincoln Park 1409 High Street Alameda, CA 94501
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9 reviews
11 stars
No bad sitting, it's a compact theater and the stage is right there a few feet away
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1 stars
They had refreshments for sale beforehand.
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"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"
18 ratings
4.6 average rating
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787 events
411 reviews
316 stars
attended Mar 25 2011

This was soooo much fun! The dialogue is witty, funny, and full of adult humor. Be prepared, you may be picked to be part of the actual spelling bee. It was interesting to see how the different audience members reacted. My favorite...continued

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19 reviews
37 stars
attended Mar 25 2011

Absolutely fantastic! I so enjoyed being one of the spellers picked to participate from the audience -- it was amazing being on stage surrounded by the actors for the first act! Each one was super talented.

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13 reviews
124 stars
attended Apr 01 2011

You know when you see a play or a performance and then days later, you're still quoting a piquant or poignant line, or commenting on a particular actor's unique interpretation of a character or lauding the smart story and directing? Well, that's...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“Doing for geeks what A Chorus Line did for hoofers." —The Washington Post
Learn more about the "history ": _Spelling Bee. _
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee started as a non-musical play entitled C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E_, done by the improvisational group “The Farm.” It was playwright Wendy Wasserstein (_The Heidi Chronicles) who encouraged the creators to take it to the next level._ _


Music & Lyrics by William Finn

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Directed by Stewart Lyle

Musical Direction by Armando Fox

This witty, Tony Award-winning musical follows six bright young misfits thrust suddenly into the competitive spotlight. Overcoming their fears, they learn that winning isn’t everything, losing doesn’t make you a loser, and it’s all about the journey. As The New York Times put it, “Can you spell ‘irresistable’? Drat, I mean, ‘irresistible’?”

About the Ticket Supplier: Altarena Playhouse

Since 1938, Altarena Playhouse has presented creative, intimate, and artistically ambitious stagings of plays, musicals and revues. The inclusive and welcoming atmosphere makes Altarena a “great place to go” for patrons and a “great place to work” for artists. From re-envisioning the classics to promoting new works, our critically acclaimed productions and our educational outreach programs foster greater appreciation and understanding of the theater arts in Alameda and throughout the Bay Area.