“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” – a one-act, Tony Award-winning musical comedy – will be performed by the Backstage Theatre Company at Farmingdale State College beginning Thursday, April 9.
Presented in the Little Theatre in Roosevelt Hall, the April 9 opening night begins at 9 p.m. Additional performances, scheduled for April 10, 11, 17, and 18, have an 8 p.m. starting time. Tickets are priced at $10 for the general public, and $5 for senior citizens and non-Farmingdale students. Tickets are free for Farmingdale students with a valid ID.
Nominated for six Tony Awards, and winner of two, “Spelling Bee” is about a spelling contest staged at fictional Putnam Valley Middle School. Six students – who can be described as “quirky” – compete for the top prize. Four audience members are also selected to participate in the competition. The show is directed by Bailey Whitney.
The show’s cast album also won a Grammy Award.
The Backstage Theater Company is a student-run performing arts club on the Farmingdale campus.