The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
May 19 — June 21
On the Main Stage
Lyrics & Music by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Directed by Rose Riordan
“Can you spell irresistable? Drat! I mean, i-r-r-e-s-i-s-t-i-b-l-e? …precisely the word for this entirely adorable new musical.” —The New York Times
Six kids face off in the battle of their lives. The competition is intense. The words are outrageous. Let the spelling (and the singing) begin! Three adults adjudicate the proceedings: a nostalgic former spelling bee winner, a mildly insane Vice Principal and The Official Comfort Counselor completing his community service to the State of New York. Both tender and sardonic, this hilarious Tony Award-winning musical of overachievers’ angst brings you inside the spelling championship to end them all. From the author of Falsettos and A New Brain.
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18 January 2012 & Posted by Kinsley Suer
In a totally non-creepy way, we love to keep tabs on our PCS actors after they’ve left Portland. Where are they now? What are they doing? Have they been cast in any awesome productions? As it turns out, some of our very recent alumni have just scored some very blog-worthy theater gigs. We couldn’t be prouder!More
14 June 2011 & Posted by Kinsley Suer
Last night, several Portland Center Stage staff members attended the 32nd Annual Drammy Awards at the Crystal Ballroom in downtown Portland. Portland’s version of the Tony Awards – organized by The Portland Civic Theatre Guild – the event recognizes the outstanding work of all of the local actors, directors, designers, songwriters, choreographers, playwrights and everyone else who creates theater in Portland. PCS was honored to take home five awards!More
13 June 2011 & Posted by Kinsley Suer
Did you catch The 65th Annual Tony Awards last night? It’s one of our favorite nights of the year here at Portland Center Stage. Although, come to think of it, we get pretty excited about anything that celebrates excellence in theater – and theater in general. By far, one of the highlights of last night’s ceremony was watching the cast of Anything Goes perform their title song. Best of all, the show features two recent PCS alums: Linda Mugleston and Raymond J. Lee!More