Shoestring Players Present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” April 9-12

April 3, 2015 at 2:27 pm

The University of South Carolina Upstate Shoestring Players will perform “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. April 9-11 and 3 p.m. April 12.

This two-act musical is a high-stakes comedic spelldown! Six over-achieving and awkward adolescents compete to win the spelling championship of a lifetime at the regional bee held at Putman County Middle School. There’s a host of colorful characters like William Barfee who writes the words on the floor with his “magical” foot and Marcy Park, an overachiever who plays multiple instruments, speaks several languages and plays rugby. Who cares that she only sleeps three hours a night and hides in a bathroom cabinet?

“Welcome to the ‘Bee,’ a place where kids who do not fit anyplace else find their moments in the spotlight,” said Jimm Cox, professor of theatre and the show’s director. “Their holy grail is the dictionary and each one develops his or her own special technique to access the mysteries of spelling the English language. Over the course of an hour and a half, each character discovers his or her own version of winning and losing.”

The cast includes: Vince Allsbrook of Boiling Springs as Leaf Coney Bear, Alexis Jeter of Boiling Springs as March Park, Bre Jeter of Spartanburg as Jesus, Anthony Gregory of Boiling Springs as Mitch Mahoney, Zoe Sneed of Greenville as Logainne Schwartzy, Candice Bryant of Greenville as Olive Ostrovsky, Garrett Gibson of Inman as Chip, Joseph Ali-Cassim of Columbia as Olive’s dad, Lauren McGaha of Anderson as Olive’s mom, Taylor Smith of Spartanburg as William Barfee, Megan Pridemore of Union as Rona, Robert Wendover of Spartanburg as Panch, Howie DeWitt of Greenville as Carl Grubenierre, and Brandon Mimnaugh of Boiling Springs as Dan Swartz.

Ticket prices are $8 for general public and $4 for USC Upstate students, faculty, and staff.

This show is recommended for mature audiences.

For tickets, please contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (864) 503-5695 or email your ticket requests to Box Office hours are from 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For further information, contact Nathan Ruggles, box office manager, at (864) 503-5313 or