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