The third of three shows being put on at The Little Theatre for the Eastbourne Festival is The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a one act musical comedy. That link goes to the website for the show itself and I think the Eastbourne performances will be by our local under-25s theatre group, The Performance Factory.
Conceived in America by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee began in Sheffield, Massachusetts, around 2004 and is the expansion of a non-musical play originally created by the improvisation group The Farm. It has since grown tremendously being performed locally, then off-Broadway, on Broadway and internationally winning two Tony Awards in 2005 for Best Book of a Musical and Best Featured Actor in the process.
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. This hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst, chronicles the experience of adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.
The Little Theatre, Wed 24th to Sat 27 April, 19.00.
Tickets £10, available online but be quick! The Saturday evening performance has already sold out and, at the time of writing this post, there were only four tickets left for the Friday evening.