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Casting news! Mr. T to star in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at PCS!

Posted by Kinsley Suer | 30 March 2010

Acting/singing/dancing legend Mr. T has been signed to play “Rona” in the musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Portland Center Stage, Artistic Director Chris Coleman announced today.

“Not only does T bring to the project the cachet of a true musical theater genius,” noted Coleman, “but his spelling prowess is legendary.” Set during a small town spelling bee, the musical introduces us to an array of characters who triumph over all sorts of obstacles to find their own personal success, reminiscent of the stories in the weekly episodes of “The A Team,” the classic television series that launched Mr. T to stardom.

Spelling Bee will be directed by Associate Artistic Director Rose Riordan, who in casting Mr. T believes that “the rest of the cast will be inspired by his grace and artistry. T is so humble, he actually shortened his real last name so others, less talented than he, wouldn’t be worried about misspelling it. How can you not love the guy?” Another key reason for bringing Mr. T on board, according to Riordan, is that “he will be helpful in keeping the rest of the hooligans who’ve already been hired in line… they’re really incorrigible rapscallions, and include Susannah Mars, Darius Pierce and Gavin Gregory.”

When asked about his decision to tread the boards in Portland, Mr. T responded, “WHAT?? I PITY THE FOOL WHO BELIEVES ANY OF THIS!”


Okay, so none of this is true.


But what IS true is that this April 1 will be a fool’s paradise as we offer a ONE DAY SALE. Any ticket, to any remaining performance in the 2009-10 season will be available for $25.00 (plus applicable fees) by using the code word FOOL.


Tickets can be purchased by phone at 503.445.3700 or online through www.pcs.org. Tickets must be purchased on April 1, 2010. Not valid with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets.


Productions include The Chosen (April 6 – May 2) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (May 25 – June 27, sans Mr. T) on the Main Stage, and Mike’s Incredible Indian Adventure (April 20 – June 13) in the Ellyn Bye Studio.

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