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 The Playhouse at Anderson University Presents

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

AU theatre season continues with Tony award-winning musical

 The Anderson University Playhouse is proud to present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” February 23-26 at 7:30 pm in AU’s Belk Theatre. There will also be a matinee performance on Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 pm.

“Spelling Bee” is a hilarious, Tony award-winning musical centering on the lives of six children and their reasons for competing to win their middle school spelling bee. Following its original opening at Second Stage Theatre in New York, The Wall Street Journal offered the following review of the production on February 11, 2005:

“Sometimes you can tell how good a show is going to be as soon as it starts.  'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' was like that. The lights went down, the five-piece orchestra struck up, and an anxious-looking teenager walked on stage and sang: 'At the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee/My parents keep on telling me/Just being here is winning/Although/I know it isn't so.' Pow! All at once Second Stage Theatre was filled with the warm, knowing laughter of a roomful of people who knew they were about to have their socks charmed off."

Seating in AU’s Belk Theatre is limited; call the AU box office for tickets, 864-231-2080, before the production is sold out. Tickets are $10.00 for the general public and $5.00 for AU students, faculty, and staff. The running time of the musical is less than two hours.

Anderson University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier (top 21) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of 68 “Up and Coming” schools to watch in America, by U. S. News & World Report. It is the #1 “Up and Coming” school in The South according to that publication.  Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,” Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian environment.



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