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KAUKAUNA — “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is coming March 9-11 to Kaukauna High School.

Performances are at 7 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday in side the Bernie Hupperts Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are available at Adults are $10, students and seniors are $8.

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, the play has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor.

Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

In the play, an eclectic group of six tweens vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, they spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves a champion.

It’s a riotous ride, complete with audience participation, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a delightful den of comedic genius.

(The humor is a bit crude/mature — nothing earth shattering — but parental guidance is advised.)

Cast List:

  • Rona Lisa Peretti – Emily Bolstad
  • Vice Principal Panch – Matthew Mielke
  • Micki Mahoney (Grief Counselor) – Liz Lamers
  • Leaf Coneybear – Iris Bass
  • Chip Tolentino – Jacob Hamilton
  • Williamina Barfee – Molly Paffenroth
  • Olive Ostrovsky – Aubrey Norred
  • Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere – Jessica Gauthier
  • Marcy Park – Kiran Lison
  • Jesus Christ – Ava Bekish
  • Logainne’s Moms – Katelyn Hoelzel, Linnea Wolfe
  • Olive’s Dad – Max Ashauer
  • Olive’s Mom – Lexi Micke
  • Leaf’s Mom – Alaina Knudtson
  • Leaf’s Dad – Alex Huettl
  • Leaf’s Sister Marigold – Max Ashauer
  • Ensemble/Spellers – Hope Hietpas, Anna Schulz
  • Ensemble/Audience/Families – Chloe Yang, Doniesha Fisher-Love, Sophia Harvey, Madison Baehr, Emma Creten, Amethyst Myers, Allie Hansen, Emma Knapp

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By staff