JJC Presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” March 1-4

The Joliet Junior College (JJC) Fine Arts Department will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a musical comedy, March 1 at 7:30 p.m., March 2 at 7:30 p.m., March 3 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and March 4 at 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt road in Joliet.
 
Directed by Clay Kirkland, JJC Fine Arts professor and department chair, the Tony Award winning musical centers on a fictional spelling bee set in Putnam Valley Middle School. It is a hilarious tale of six delightfully quirky adolescents, led by a former champion and vice principal, who learn winning isn’t everything and losing doesn’t make you a loser.
 
The production includes: Brent J. Dobrovits of Frankfort; Derek Miller of Channahon; Heidi Van DeVoort of Plainfield; Samee Tray of New Lenox; Chris Walusek of Mokena; Warren C. Dailey and Richard Isemonger of Minooka; Jessica Galang and Travis Cisco of Morris; and Thamara Magadan, Robert Culp, and Michael Schuller of Joliet.
 
The production is stage managed by Chris Cummings of Wilmington, who will be assisted by Kristin Petersen of Frankfort and Jonathan Boehle of Cornell.
 
As part of the college’s ongoing community service efforts, audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or pet and food supplies where they may be exchanged for items at the concession table. All contributions will be donated to area shelters.
 
Ticket prices are $8 for general public, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for JJC students with additional discounts available to JJC staff.
 
Additionally, a special dinner theatre performance will be held in conjunction with the JC Players/Delta Psi Omega Club and Epicurean Club of JJC on Friday, March 2.
 
For more information, contact Nicki Blowers at (815) 280-2200 or visit www.jjc.edu.

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