The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Iowa State University Theatre

music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin,

conceived by Rebecca Feldman, additional material by Jay Reiss

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“The chaotic life of a twelve year old is too hard and you never know what’s coming next, but in spelling things have logic and line.”

One person wins and everyone else loses in the competitive world of a spelling bee, and even though these kids have been told by their parents that just being there is winning, each of them knows that just isn’t true. So how far should each of these elementary students go to win? Not recommended for young children.

Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

November 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 7:30 p.m.; November 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. – Fisher Theater,  Ames

The Cast

Chip Tolentino (also Jesus) – Ben Moews
Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre – Cassilyn Ostrander
Leaf Coneybear (also Carl Grubenierre) – Carter Roeske
William Barfee – Joseph Alan Smith
Marcy Park – Annie Metzger
Olive Ostrovsky – Hannah Rublaitus
Rona Lisa Peretti (also Olive’s Mom) – Caitlin Schmaltz
Vice Principal Douglas Panch – Christopher Tedford
Mitch Mahoney (also Dan Schwartz, Olive’s Dad) – Christopher Culver


Piano – Jim Tener
Percussion – Alex Ortberg
Clarinet – Sarah Korneisel
Alto Sax – Jill Burdick
Flute – Taylor Brown
Cello – Alex Williams
Synthesizer – Daniel Ellis

Creative Team

Director – Jane Cox
Musical Director – James Tener
Assistant Musical Director – Tyler Mootz
Scenic Designer – André Johnson, Jr.
Costume Designer – Kelly Marie Schaefer
Lighting Designer – Seth Rickard
Sound Design – Josh Jepsen
Stage Manager – Miranda Shunkwiler
Assistant Stage Manager – Rachel Hupp
Box Office Supervisors – Zachary Eskrich, Carolyn Susa
Props Master – Kiersten Naberhaus
Wardrobe – Alyssa Maldonado
Stagehand – Shannon Lange
Sound Assistant – Kenneth Shibata
Light Board – Devin Barr
Follow Spot – Emily Vanella, Bryce Poellet
Photography – Nancy Thompson
Poster Design – Mary Bendgen
Costume Shop Supervisor – Doris Nash
Costume Shop Assistants – Lauren Dursky, Linsey Heister, Madeleine Kobus, Ariel Prosser, Amy Regan, Katie Riese
Technical Director – Derek Hisek
Scene Shop Assistants – Jimmy Allender, Devin Barr, Zach Eskrich,; André Johnson, Jr., Kiah Kayser, Brent LeBlanc, Brittany Miller, Kiersten Naberhaus, Nick Neal, Katie Olsen, Bryce Poellet, Seth Rickard, Hannah Roberg, Carolyn Susa, Justin Voga, Mackenzie Watson
Secretary – Liese VanderBroek


Publicity photos, production photos, and headshots by Nancy Thompson

Poster by Mary Bendgen

Read about it in Inside Iowa State, watch the Ames Trib video, and read the Iowa State Daily articles on October 3, 2013 and October 23, 2013.