The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2016)

Performed at the Melbourne Theatre Company

In 2015 the Popular Mechaniclas in partnership with the  Camberwell Grammarian’s Theatre Company performed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups.

“No one is at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee [is a loser], including us, the audience; we’re the winners and walk away laughing…G-o-l-u-p-t-i-o-u-s. That means delicious and this musical is.”

- The Weekly Review

“A spectacle that would put any rock eisteddfod to shame”

– Aussie Theatre

“A perfectly staged and fast paced show that would lift the spirits of anyone from 8 to 88.”

– Stage Whispers

“Excellent, both side-splittingly funny and heart-wrenchingly beautiful, and well worth checking out whether you’ve never heard of it, or you’re a well-worn veteran, like myself. You won’t be disappointed.

– Theatre press

Beautifully crafted… the perfect “Feel Good” production that really fires on all levels

– Stage Whispers

A very smart and surprising little musical

– Aussie Theatre