Caitlyn Keaney and Ava Roche featured in San Marin High School Musical

The spellers (Jackie Perron, Morgan Hacker, Caitlyn Keaney, Jesse Northen, Ava Roche and Justin Schaefer) show great confidence at the beginning of the San Marin High School production of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

San Marin High School Music presents the Tony Award winning musical comedy, THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE on October 25, 26, 27 and November 1, 2, 3 at the Emily Gates Student Center at San Marin High School.

Performances begin at 8pm on October 25, 26, and November 1 and 2 and at 2pm on October 27 and November 3. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door, and are available at San Marin High School or at

Directed by Pat Nims with choreography by San Marin student Caitlyn Keaney, vocal direction by Emily Gates and musical direction by Allison McIvor. And you can join the cast in the on-stage fun!

In this musical comedy, six young people, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

Before every performance of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, four audience members are recruited to participate on-stage as guest spellers. Each new foursome guarantees a new set of hilarious and unexpected experiences – making every performance unique.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show’s Tony Award winning creative team created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE premiered on Broadway in May 2005 and received rave reviews and won two 2005 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Featured Actor. The show also received three Drama Desk awards and two Lucille Lortel awards.

The San Marin Musical Theater Workshop includes over sixty students, teachers and parents. Many of the parts are double cast, which means that students playing featured parts trade off on alternate performances. “I love that San Marin Music is about inclusiveness.” said director Patrick Nims. “Our cast has been having a blast playing twelve-year-olds and adults that act like they are twelve. This is a very, very funny show.”

San Marin students also took the lead backstage with costume design by Nina Marshall and Louise Gainer (with help from Caroline Perron), scenic design by Sophie Block and lighting design by Brigid Tillitson. The cast features Ava Roche as Olive Ostrovsky, Caitlyn Keaney as Marcy Park, Colin Lamerdin, Elena Schoen, Ellie Cantor, Jackie Perron, Jesse Northen, Justin Schaefer, Marissa Caldwell, Mark Wang, Miranda Dunning, Morgan Hacker, Nicole Kelly and Serena Poggi. Other company members include Celeste Hoytt, Jose Texis, Marissa Debanyan, Dylan Wheeler, Sami Cole, Jacob Mason, and Natalie Ramirez.

Speller Marcy Park (played by Caitlyn Keaney) has no problems with her word as she impresses judges Colin Lamerdin and Ellie Cantor in the San Marin High School production of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

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