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“CAN YOU SPELL H-Y-S-T-E-R-I-C-A-L?” or “CAN YOU SPELL F-A-M-I-L-Y F-R-I-E-N-D-L-Y?”

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre presents
THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

July 13 - August 11 - Tickets on sale now!

Holland, MI - Grab your dictionaries! The Tony award-winning musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, one of Broadway’s most sensational musical comedies, is opening July 13 at Hope SummerRepertory Theatre (HSRT). Come follow six determined spellers who embark on their own personal journeysto self acceptance as they compete in the championship of a lifetime. With music and lyrics by William Finn
and book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a show that parents will love as much as their kids and will have the entire family humming songs and spelling long after they get home. Performances are July 13, 14, 17, 19, 23, 25, August 1, 4, 8, and 11 at 8:00 p.m. in the DeWitt Theatre.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is an energetic musical that the whole family will enjoy! This show shines a light on the pressures put on adolescents as they battle with others and themselves for the title of spelling bee champion. The six quirky, eccentric, opinionated, and lovable spellers strip themselves from their facade and reveal their deepest insecurities to the audience in a hysterical, yet compassionate manner. Watch as the spellers learn lessons about life and acceptance. Audience members need not worry about the content of this performance. This witty musical will have both children and parents falling out of their seats as they this fall in love with this R-I-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S musical comedy.

The members of the 2012 HSRT Acting Company have trained at some of the leading theatre conservatories and universities in the nation, heavily concentrating in their respective crafts. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee cast includes: Michael Hanna (Woodlands, TX) as Chip, Hannah Richter (Denver, Colorado) as
Logainne, Jesse Swatling-Holcomb (Oakland, CA) as Leaf, Christina Ramirez (St. Louis, MO) as Marcy, Steven Johnson (Rockford, IL) as Barfee, Lili Torre (Hilton Head Island, South Carolina) as Olive, Emily Austin (Boulder, CO) as Rona, Durron Tyre (Richmond, VA) as Mitch, and Chip Duford (AEA) (Flushing, Michigan) as Panch.

The production team includes: Director James Saba, Music Director Fred Tessler, Scenic Designer Colt Frank, Lighting Designer Stephen Boulmetis, Sound Designer Amanda Werre, Costume Designer Jessica Leslie, Stage Manager B.J. Brooks, Production Stage Manager Kristin Kurz, and Technical Director Leah Busse.

Take advantage of Hope Summer Repertory Theatre’s best ticket offer and purchase a season ticket coupon.  Season ticket coupons save patrons up to 27% off individual ticket prices and guarantees a terrific seat for every performance! With free exchanges, purchasing a season ticket coupon is the best way to support HSRT.

The Season Pass includes Mezzanine seating for four main stage performances and our bonus show for only $87 for adults and $82 for seniors. The Best Buy Pass includes admission to the four main stage productions for $67 for adults and $62 for seniors. The Super-Saver Pass includes seating limited to the balcony and orchestra for our four main stage productions for $50 for adults and seniors. The Children’s Package is great for
children under 12 and includes tickets to both Children’s Performance Troupe performances and one ticket to a main stage musical for $25.

Individual tickets are on sale now by calling 616-395-7890 or by visiting the ticket offices: DeWitt Theatre (141 East 12th Street) and DeVos Fieldhouse (222 Fairbanks Avenue). Prices for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee tickets range from $12 to $28. Adult tickets are $22 (Orchestra/Balcony) and $28 (Mezzanine). Senior/Hope Faculty and Staff tickets are $19 (Orchestra/Balcony) and $26 (Mezzanine). Tickets for children under 18 and students are just $12. Group rates are available by calling the box office at 616-395-7890.

HSRT’s ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The ticket office will be open on Saturday’s at noon. On performance dates, the DeWitt ticket office will be open through intermission.

For more information visit the HSRT website at
www.hope.edu/hsrt or www.facebook.com/hopesummertheatre