William and Mary Theatre to stage "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Do you enjoy comedic musicals? What about ones with insecurities, sock puppets and magic feet?

For their first production at the Kimball Theatre, William and Mary’s Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance will perform “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,a musical featuring all of the above.

This is a 2005 Broadway musical about six eclectic children who compete in their county’s annual spelling bee.

Between spelling words such as Acouchi, a South American rodent, and strabismus, the abnormal alignment of one or both eyes, students share hilarious and touching anecdotes about their home lives and personal struggles.

Laurie Wolf, director of William and Mary Theatre, said audience members will get a good time out of the show.

“There’s not always a deep meaning,” Wolf said. “It's a musical, it's just about having a good time.”

However, this musical is recommended for audiences 13 years and older because of cursing and mild sexual content.

Want to go?

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday from Nov. 15-18, and Nov. 29-Dec. 2, in the Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for military, $12 for children, $15 for groups of 10 or more and free for William and Mary students.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, as well as the day of the show starting at 10 a.m. until curtain. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling 757-221-2674 or online at wm.edu/boxoffice.

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