Department of Theatre and Film

2021-2022 Theatre and Film Season

Poster graphic for the UToledo production of the musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" additional text includes the following credits: Music & Lyrics by William Finn, Book By Rachel Sheinkin  Conceived by Rebecca Feldman  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

25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Music & Lyrics by William Finn, Book By Rachel Sheinkin

Full Credits below

Performance dates: April 7 - 10, 15-16 and 22-24, 2022. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., Sunday shows are at 2 p.m.

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Dr. Matt Foss, associate professor of theatre and film and director of the musical, says “It features an ensemble of misfit kids trying to belong in a world that doesn’t always see value in their imaginations or idiosyncrasies — especially their ability to spell incredibly difficult words.” 

Collection of 3 photos from rehearsals of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" showing students dancing, a speller arguing with the judges and a speller at the microphone

The musical also features audience “spellers” who come on stage and compete for the chance to be the Putnam County Spelling Bee Champ. Audience members are encouraged to sign up in the lobby before each show.

The original 2005 Broadway production was nominated for six Tony Awards and won two for Best Book of a Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical. The original 2005 off-Broadway production won two Theatre World Awards and was nominated for four Lucille Lortel Awards and won two of them for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Featured Actor; and won three Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Ensemble Performance and Outstanding Director of a Musical.

“This musical is a fun and light way to say goodbye to a couple of tough years,” said Dr. Edmund Lingan, acting chair of the UToledo Department of Theatre and Film. “I know everyone will enjoy it. It’s a lot of laughs.”

 "The 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE" Credits

Music & Lyrics by William Finn, Book By Rachel Sheinkin

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

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

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

 UToledo production - cast

  • Vice Principal Douglas Panch
    • Alec Simon
  • Rona Lisa Perretti / Olive’s Mom
    • Maya Kinney
  • William Barfee
    • Jackson Howard
  • Olive Ostrovsky
    • Emily Damschroder
  • Chip Tolentino
    • Marquan Denby
  • Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere
    • Madileine Chase
  • Leaf Coneybear
    • Jared Droesch
  • Marcy Park
    • Christina Baker
  • Mitch Mahoney
    • Jalen Riven
  • Ensemble
    • Jordyn Beery
    • Samantha Reszko 
    • Gerardo Rosario Nieves
    • Jayy Smith
  • Mascot
    • Taylor Enck

 UTOLEDO PRODUCTION - crew

  • Producers
    • Edmund Lingan, Holly Monsos
  • Director
    • Matt Foss
  • Assistant Director
    • Jeffery Enck
  • Choreographer
    • Abby Glanville
  • Assistant Choreographer
    • Dayonna Embry
  • Musical Director
    • Gabriel Hagedorn
  • Musicians
    • Jamie Dauel, Ian Weil
  • Stage Manager
    • Jacob Prokup
  • Assistant Stage Managers
    • Benjamin Kunec, Natalie Rice
  • Theatre / Production Manager
    • Christopher M. Montpetit
  • Production Design Coordinator
    • Stephen Sakowski
  • Scenic Designer
    • Daniel Thobias
  • Assistant Scenic Designer
    • Brandanae’ Davis
  • Technical Director / Scene Shop Manager
    • Nate White
  • Lighting Designer
    • Stephen Sakowski
  • Assistant Lighting Designer
    • Laynie Durbin
  • Master Electrician
    • Morgan Cunningham
  • Sound Designer
    • Amanda Werre
  • Associate Sound Designer
    • Jeffery Enck
  • Sound Engineer
    • Jeffery Enck
  • Costume Designer
    • Kelly McBane
  • Assistant Costume Designer
    • Grace Mulinix

 2022 Theatre and Film Department Full Season

YEAR OF THE LIVING DEAD

By Edmund B. Lingan

Screening dates: October 29 - 31, 2021. Friday show is at 7:30 pm, with 2:00 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday, and a special MIDNIGHT SCREENING on Saturday, October 30.

FESTIVAL OF NEW STUDENT WORK

Performance dates: November  11 - 14, 2021. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. 

ELKSHIRE

By Alec Simon

Performance dates: February 10 - 14, 2022. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m.

AUDITIONS FOR FESTIVAL OF NEW STUDENT WORK AND ELKSHIRE

Tuesday & Wednesday, September 7 & 8, 2021, 6:30 - 10:00 P.M.

Sign up sheets (when available) will be posted on the call board (near the dressing rooms) in the Center for Performing Arts. Call David Grajczyk in the Theatre and Film Department office if you have questions, 419. 530.2202.

25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Book By Rachel Sheinkin And Score By William Finn

Performance dates: April 7 - 10, 15 & 16 and 22 - 24, 2022. Student matinees are April 19 & 20. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., Sunday shows are at 2 p.m, and student matinees are at 9:30 a.m.

AUDITIONS FOR 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Monday & Tuesday, Nov 15th & 16Th, 2021, Call Backs and Dance Call Wednesday Nov. 17Th, 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.

Sign up sheets (when available) will be posted on the call board (near the dressing rooms) in the Center for Performing Arts. Call David Grajczyk in the Theatre and Film Department office if you have questions, 419. 530.2202.


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