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‘Putnam Spelling Bee’ takes PM&L stage

PM L Theatre will present “The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling
Bee” through Nov. 18 Antioch.

PM&L Theatre will present “The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee” through Nov. 18 in Antioch.

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Updated: December 2, 2012 6:04AM

ANTIOCH — PM&L Theatre will present “The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee” Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 4, 11 and 18 at 2:30 p.m. at 877 Main St.

This multiple Tony Award-winning musical comedy puts audience members in the middle of the action when a tiny fictional town comes together for one of its most anticipated events of the year — a spelling bee. Experience the pressure, angst and joys as you follow the six quirky adolescents and the three even quirkier adults running the bee, as they engage in this classic and contentious form of schoolhouse competition. This musical has mild adult language and themes.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a one-act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on the fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School.

Directed by Chuck Lindas of Kenosha, Wis., the musical’s cast features Colin Funk of Antioch; Chris Jones of Lindenhurst; John Kobernick of Lyons, Wis.; Christen Domniguez, Chris Warren and Sheri Warren of McHenry; Jennifer Franco of Kenosha; Dean Griffiths of Lake Villa; and Jeff Harding of Wauconda. Musical director is Murry Holmstrom, stage manager is Kathy LeFave and Linda Willding is assistant director.

Tickets are $13 and $16. The box office is open Monday through Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, and one and one-half hours before curtain on show dates.

For more information, call (847) 395-3055 to reserve tickets.

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