'Spelling Bee' opens tonight

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The hilarious tale of six adolescent outsiders vying for the title of spelling bee champ will be played out on stage at Whitney High School over the next three weeks. Students will perform the Tony Award winning musical, “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” starting tonight and continuing through Feb. 17. The musical presents a hilarious and heartwarming look at the pressures of growing up through the eyes of quirky, yet lovable characters, who learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make one a loser. The original production was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It claimed two 2005 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Featured Actor in a Musical. The show was also awarded three Drama Desk Awards that Broadway season. The Whitney High School version, which is being directed by Rick Elredge, is family-friendly. ________ Know and Go What: “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” When: Evening performances will open at 7 p.m. on Feb. 2,3,4,10,11,16 and 17 Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on Feb. 4 and 11. Where: Whitney High School, 701 Wildcat Blvd. Cost: $12 for adults, $8 for students, $6 for seniors and children under age 6 Purchase tickets online at or at the door 30 minutes before show. ~ Staff report