SHS presents spelling bee comedy show

The next Stoughton High School play, “The 15th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” will be held at 7 p.m. April 4-6.

The new Stoughton High School comedy performance is next week, and some audience members will have a special opportunity to participate in the show.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a musical comedy, directed by DeeDee Bouzek. It is based on “C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E,” an improvisational play created by Rebecca Feldmen and performed by The Farm, a New York based comedy troupe.

The musical is a tale of socially awkward youngsters who find joy, heartache and purpose while competing at a regional spelling bee.

Four audience members will be invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six characters.

It will be performed at 7 p.m. April 4-6, at Stoughton High School, 600 Lincoln Ave. Designed for ages 10 and older, audience members will enter the cafetorium as if they are coming to a school event, though greeted with decorations and concessions organized by the “Putnam PTA.”

Tickets are $15, or $10 for students and senior citizens, and they include snacks, drinks and dessert.

The cast includes Stephanie Kittleson as Rona Lisa Peretti, Luke Soderbloom as vice principal Douglas Panch, Isaiah Rowley as Mitch Mahoney, Kailee Whitmire as Olive Ostrovsky, Nick Swenson as William Morris Barfée, Sean McGlynn as Charlito “Chip” Tolentino, Jon Conour as Leaf Coneybear, Clove Rewey as Marcy Park, and Delaney Seidel as Logainne “Schwarzy” SchwartzandGrubenierre. Rounding out the cast are Abby Gibson, Gabbi Unitan, Jack Trotter and Matthew Gille.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door. Visit the ticket sales website for more information.

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