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Costa Mesa Playhouse
at Rea Elementary School 661 Hamilton Street Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"
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4.6 average rating
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attended Oct 16 2010

♫ Uproariously Hilarious performance by the entire cast! I have never laughed so hard! A super fun evening for everyone, including some audience participation! I had a soft spot in my heart for the character "Leaf Coneybear" played by ♥ Jaymie...continued

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attended Oct 22 2010

Lots of fun. Terrific cast. Excellent voices.

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attended Oct 23 2010

Wow! What a fun show! The cast was great and the vocal talents impressive. See this show! You won't regret it!

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Ready to have some F-U-N? Then come to the Costa Mesa Playhouse this fall when the theater presents the hit Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Music & Lyrics are by William Finn, with a book by Rachel Sheinkin. The play is directed by David Anthony Blair with musical direction of Stephen Hulsey.

This charming Tony Award-winning one-act musical celebrates the triumph of doing the best you can. Six nerdy teenagers from Putnam Valley Middle School, in the midst of adolescent angst, discover themselves while struggling to win the school’s spelling bee, run by three equally-quirky grownups.

The Broadway production opened in April 2005 at New York’s Circle in the Square Theater, where it is still playing. An unusual aspect of the show is that four real audience members are invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six young characters.