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“Spelling Bee”-The Musical Opens June 22

“Spelling Bee” -Officially titled “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”opens run till July 2 in Palm Beach Gardens- The story is about an eclectic group of six-graders who arrive at a spelling bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee; Bold and hyper-allergic speller William Barfee uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her gay dads. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition. With an engaging, tuneful score by William Finn and a sweet, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee causes audiences to fall in love, both with the show itself and its “perspicacious,” “jocular,” and “effervescent” spellers. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.entractetheatrix.org, or www.pgaartscenter.com or by phone at: 855-448-7469. Tickets are $38; student tickets are $15. Performances: Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm; Saturday at 2:30 pm;  Sunday at 3 pm-All performances take place at The PGA Arts Center,  4076 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410