The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Surprise, a UPAF Video Appearance

The Skylight Music Theatre and our production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee were happy to make an appearance in the United Performing Arts Fund promotional video for the 2020 fundraising campaign.

Skylight’s “Spelling Bee” is F-U-N

Elaine Schmidt, Special to the Journal Sentinel writes Skylight Music Theatre turns ‘Spelling Bee’ into a day of laughter

Gwendolyn Rice says Skylight’s “Spelling Bee” is F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C.
“Bizarre color commentary is provided by saccharine local realtor and bee alum Rona Peretti (Samantha Sostarich, complete with the fake smile of a beauty pageant contestant).”

Anne Segel of the Shepherd Express reviews that Skylight’s ‘Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ Gets an A!
“The cast members who play the adult roles include Skylight favorite Samantha Sostarich as a former spelling bee champ who serves as a judge; Robby McGhee as a somewhat unstable vice principal from a neighboring school, also a judge; and Shawn Holmes as a paroled convict who consoles the contest losers as part of his public service. All three actors double and sometimes triple their roles, displaying their versatility as artists.”

Spelling Bee says Goodbye!

closing
/ˈklōziNG/
bringing something to an end; final.

Thank you to everyone who came out to The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! We hope you learned a new word, had a good laugh and felt the nostalgia of being a kid all over again. Goodbye goodbye! See you next time.

photographer: Traveling Lemur Productions, LLC

Spelling Bee is a Hit!

Photographer: Traveling Lemur Productions

Julie McHale of the The Waukesha Freeman calls The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee “a delight” and says that “All In Productions once again proved its worth in this well-honed offering.”

The Shepherd Express writes that The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is “one of the funniest shows of the ongoing theater season” and that “The entire cast is sparkling”.

Marilyn Jozwik of The Wisconsin Theater Spotlight writes that All In Productions “has found new, creative ways to tell the story.” And “The bee is hosted by Rona Lisa Perretti (Samantha Sostarich), a former bee champion who delights in returning to those glorious days of her past. Sostarich has a dynamic, engaging persona and a lovely voice that pleasantly handles the high notes in ensemble numbers and especially in her solo, “My Favorite Moment of the Bee.”

Anne Siegel of TotalTheater.com writes “All-In Productions offers a completely captivating show”. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is “is well worth adding to your entertainment calendar.”

Russ Bickerstaf of The Small Stage writes “Thanks to an impressive cast under great direction, this is easily the most satisfying production of the musical that I’ve seen.” And “Samantha Sostarich proudly radiates gentle authority in the role of Bee official Rona Lisa Perretti. Long ago Rona won that spelling bee that she know helps officiate. Sostarich has a sweetly maternal sense about her in the role.”

All In Productions Announces “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”



All In Productions is thrilled to announce the final production of our fourth season, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, to be held May 16 through 25 at Next Act Theatre (www.nextact.org).

CAST:

RONA LISA PERETTI: Samantha Sostarich
VICE PRINCIPAL DOUGLAS PANCH: Robby McGhee
MITCH MAHONEY: Ernest Bell
MARCY PARK: Ashley Oviedo
OLIVE OSTROVSKY: Ava Bush
LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUBENIERRE: Stephanie Staszak
LEAF CONEYBEAR: Adam Qutaishat
WILLIAM BARFEE: Gage Patterson
CHIP TOLENTINO: Matt Zeman



PRODUCTION TEAM:

Director – Mitch Weindorf
Music Director – Paula Foley Tillen
Choreographer – Alicia Rice
Assistant Director – Beth Lewinski
Costume Designer – Christy Siebers
Lighting Designer – William Newcomb
Sound Designer – Derek Buckles
Set Designer – Chris Budish
Stage Manager – Allison Kasprovich

Tickets will be available soon at www.nextact.org
HERE for more information.