The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Written by Rachel Sheinkin
Composed by William Finn
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Directed by Gregory Lipson ’20
Music Directed by Robert Capodilupo ’19
Produced by Madeleine Snow ’20 & Annabel O’Hagan ’19


Lowell Lecture Hall

Friday, October 27 at 8:30pm

Run time: 1 hour, 30 minutes without intermission.

Visit the Harvard Box Office online or in person at 10 Holyoke Street to reserve your tickets. Harvard undergraduates can reserve free tickets by visiting


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows six adolescent spellers competing for a slot in the National Spelling Bee, along with three adults stuck in adolescence themselves and four audience volunteers. They spell their way through the pandemonium of pubescence, family crises, and some possibly made-up words, ultimately discovering that losing doesn’t necessarily make them losers.

Please be advised that this show contains some adult material.


Rona … Olivia Graham
Olive … Sophie Bauder
Marcy … Laura Frustaci
Schwartzy … Molly Peterson
Leaf … Ben Topa
Barfée … Derek Onserio
Chip … Mikaël Scaramucci
Marge Mahoney (formerly known as Mitch) … Jackie Walzer
Panch … Jonathan Castillo


Director … Gregory Lipson
Music Director … Robert Capodilupo
Assistant Director … Hugh Strike
Stage Manager … Clarence Chan
Choreographer … Fotini Anastopoulos
Vocal Advisor … Liz Kantor
Properties Designer … Shannon Beattie
Costume Designer … Lucaian Luqman Al-Tariq
Hair and Makeup Designers … Sabrina Chok, Carmella Verrastro
Poster Designer and Photographer … Linda Qin
Lighting Designer … Chloe Yu
Assistant Lighting Designer … Nicolas Weninger
Lighting Advisor … Yasmin Yacoby
Producers … Madeleine Snow, Annabel O’Hagan