Iowa City - The Iowa City Community Theatre's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opens tonight. It's a musical about six young people in the throes of puberty spelling their hearts out while being overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. They learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. It was a hit on Broadway in 2005 and won two Tony Awards, including Best Book.
MITCH MAHONEY – John Bednarik
RONA LISA PERRETTI – Krista Neumann
VP DOUGLAS PANCH – Mike Wilhelm
CHIP TOLENTINO – Jon Davies
WILLIAM BARFEE – Adam Nardidi
LEAF CONEYBEAR – Brett Borden
OLIVE OSTROVSKY – Emmy Palmershiem
LOGIANNE SCHWARTZANDGRUBENNIERE – Stephanie Fahey
MARCY PARK – Lindsay Raasch
Director Ken Van Egdon has assembled a great cast for the show. You might remember Brett Borden from a very different role, George in Of Mice and Men. However, he has comedic chops as well, as he showed in area productions of Noises Off and A Year with Frog and Toad. Krista Neumann has directed many shows in recent years, including Annie and most recently Camo: The Musical! Emmy Palmershiem is probably more recognizable to Cedar Rapids audiences, where she graced the stage in such shows as Jake's Women, Eurydice, and August Osage County. You might remember Mike Wilhelm from Camo: The Musical! or from such TCR shows as Damn Yankees and Gross Indecency. Both Mike and Emmy were singled out for outstanding performances in 2011. The show runs through March 7. Tickets are available here.