LASALLE — Stage 212 will open its 2014 season with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the memorable musical comedy by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin that showcases six quirky students (played by adults) as they compete in a spelling bee run by three equally quirky adults.
Included in the cast are Megan Cullinan as Rona Lisa Peretti, Andy Decker as Douglas Panch, Doug Bartelt as Mitch Mahoney, Emily Brodzik as Olive Ostrovsky, Phil Grant as William Barfee, Christin Chamberlain as Logainne Schwartz and Grubenierre, Becky Martin as Marcy Park, Tom Bailey as Leaf Coneybear and Derek Zinke as "Chip" Tolentino.
The production staff includes director Scot Smigel, producer Ellen Marincic, assistant director Kyle Foley, music director Megan Cullinan, choreographer Deana Brown, light operator Matt Boehm, sound operator Andrew Paden, and spotlight operators Jessica Gray and Yvette Lucas.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be presented Jan. 24-26 and Jan, 31-Feb. 2 at Stage 212, 700 First St., LaSalle. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.
Tickets will be available to the general public for $20 each beginning Jan. 6. Box office hours are Monday, 4 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Tickets may also be purchased online by visiting the Stage 212 website, www.stage212.org, or reserved over the phone with Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Call 815-224-3025 for details.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is presented by special arrangement with Music Theater International.