The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Creative

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Allison Barron Brandon
Allison Barron Brandon is the Founder of Wonderland Performing Arts & serves as the company’s President. She has a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans & a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts: Theatre from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has performed in numerous professional, college, and community theatre productions. Her most recent local performances are Side by Side by Sondheim (2019), Legally Blonde (2019; Paulette), The Bumpy Road (2014; a show she wrote, directed, co-starred & co-produced with Sarah Gauthier), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2016; Rona Lisa Peretti), and Nunsense (2017; Sister Mary Amnesia). In college, she played Eliza Doolittle in IPAL’s My Fair Lady in 2008. Her ULL musical theatre credits include Les Miserables (2004; Eponine), Into the Woods (2005; Cinderella), & Grease (2007; Rizzo). She’s most recently been seen on stage as Ilona Ritter in IPAL’s production of She Loves Me (2022). She is the proud mother of Adelaide Greer Brandon, her fantastic 9-year-old daughter. Allison believes performing arts can transform people, and she is excited to share her knowledge, experience, and love for the arts with others.
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Music Director
Casey Doucet
Casey Doucet holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from McNeese State University and a master’s degree in music education from the University of Central Missouri. He is currently the choir director at New Iberia Senior High School. A native of Sulphur, LA, Doucet currently resides in Scott, LA. Doucet has appeared on stage in such roles as Sam Carmichael in Mamma Mia, Shrek in Shrek: The Musical, Bob Wallace in White Christmas, Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde: The Musical, Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, Dennis Dupree in Rock of Ages, Nick Bottom in Something Rotten, and Patrick Star in The SpongeBob Musical. Doucet has music directed such shows as Mamma Mia; Annie; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Addams Family; Into the Woods; and The SpongeBob Musical.
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Assistant Director
Parisa Memarian-Liu
Parisa Memarian-Liu has been active in the Acadiana theater scene for several years, beginning with The Tea Sipper’s production of American Idiot. This is her first time assistant directing, after having previously co-directed two productions, as well as directing the musical Ordinary Days earlier this year. She has appeared on-stage in productions by The Hive, Lauren-Reilly Eliot Company, Shelby Have Productions, The Looking Glass Theatre Co., Iberia Performing Arts League, and Abbey Players. Parisa is also a board member of The Looking Glass Theatre Company. She hopes you enjoy the Bee!
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Stage Manager
Jill Norman LeBlanc
Jill Norman LeBlanc is a lost soul purporting as a full time mom, part time pencil pusher, and community volunteer. She is so happy to be working in a theatre show with grownups after having volunteered for the last 7 years with her daughter's various children's productions. Her favorite things include color-coded spreadsheets, label makers, napping with her dog Matilda, arguing with her cat Biscuit, her husband Jason's cooking, and watching her daughter Lila perform.
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Set Designer
James Nicholson
James E. Nicholson has loved the theater most of his life, having a personality that has plunged him in the spotlight from an early age! First performing in grade-school in Hansel & Gretel as the lead gingerbread man (he was the only boy who could skip), he continued a stage presence throughout college, but had to take time away from the theatre due to a demanding work schedule. Later in life the theater bug was reborn. James has performed in numerous productions over the years, including "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," "Elephant’s Graveyard," and "The Man Who Came to Dinner." Moving behind the curtain, he directed "Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?" and "Leading Ladies." James has previously served on the Board of Governors for Texas Nonprofit Theatres. When he and his husband, Jon, retired to Lafayette, he volunteered to help work on "The Sound of Music" and he immediately found a wonderful venue to design sets for and a host of good friends to enjoy live theater with.
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Costume Manager
Carrie Fite Leonard


Music and Lyrics by



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Additional Material by Jay Reiss

Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine

Originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre

Based upon C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original play by The Farm.

The Barrington Stage Company workshop of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE was originally co-directed by Michael Barakiva and Rebecca Feldman.