About The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music and Lyrics by WILLIAM FINN



Directed by Al Recchia

Music Direction by Ben McCormack

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves a champion! At least the losers get a juice box.

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.

Wilton Playshop

Since 1937, the mission of The Wilton Playshop has been to further the performing arts by providing quality live theatre to the greater Wilton area, and by doing so, provide an educational and growing experience for all involved.

The Wilton Playshop is a volunteer organization with a governing Board of Directors. There are generally three major productions presented each year along with special events through our Applause Series.   The Applause Series is a separate program from a traditional season where the theatre features concerts, readings, works in progress and unique performance events.  In some circumstances the Playshop is approached by an artist who is interested in a producing partner for their idea or concept.  This series supports those opportunities. 

As a community-oriented endeavor, The Playshop is committed to developing new directors and playwrights as a means of preserving this important art form. Backstage involvement includes producing, directing, stage management, light and sound engineering, scenic design, properties, costumes, set construction, and a myriad of other jobs that constitute an energetic community theater. We encourage active participation and we always welcome new faces. No experience is necessary — only desire and interest!

At the intermission of each performance, audience members are invited into the Green Room for refreshments. Playshop members welcome the opportunity to greet you and speak with anyone interested in getting involved, either on stage or off. Please feel free to make yourself at home! Our Playshop family invites you to join in the excitement that is The Wilton Playshop.

The Wilton Playshop is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that offers the quality live theatre experience to the greater Wilton area through the support and generosity of the members of the Wilton community and the Wilton business community as well.