May 25 – June 25 – EXTENDED!

Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

Directed by Amina Robinson

F. Otto Haas Stage

Expected Runtime: 2 hours and 15 minutes with an intermission



Grab a D-I-C-T-I-O-N-A-R-Y and welcome to Spelling Bee!  This heartfelt Tony-Award winning musical follows a group of wonderfully unique and impassioned adolescents as they compete for the bee championship. Featuring a thrilling score by William Finn, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a joyful night of comedy and quirk that celebrates the pursuit of victory and the gift of being true to oneself.

Interested in competing in the Bee?  Every performance needs audience volunteers. Here’s everything you need to know to BEE considered:

  • For each performance, a few guest spellers are chosen from the audience!
  • If you are interested, there is a brief interview. Come to the box office an hour before showtime. You’ll be asked a few questions, and then have time to grab a drink.
  • Remember: You must already have a ticket in order to interview.
  • We’ll announce the guest spellers at about 30 minutes before showtime.
  • If you’re selected, we’ll give you some additional information on your next steps.


Ronnie Keller (Chip Tolentino)
Helen St. Cyr (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere)
Garrick Vaughan (Leaf Coneybear)
Steve Pacek (William Barfee)
Hannah Catanoso (Marcy Park)
Jessica Money (Olive Ostrovsky)
Patricia Noonan (Rona Lisa Perretti)
Dave Johnson (Vice Principal Douglas Panch)
Henry Gainza (Mitch Mahoney)


Amina Robinson
Assistant Director
Matthew Green
Set Designer 
Colin McIlvaine ​
Costume Designer
Ariel Wang
Lighting Designer 
Jorge Arroyo
Sound Designer
Elizabeth Atkinson
Music Director/Conductor/Orchestrations
Ryan Touhey
Assistant Music Director
Gina Giachero
Robin Levine
Stage Manager 
Alec E. Ferrell
Assistant Stage Manager
Alexander Pierce
Assistant to the Stage Manager
Kaylee McNeil

Performance Schedule

Interested in competing in the Bee?  Every performance needs audience volunteers.  Show up to the theater 1 hour before showtime and ask the Box Office for instructions!

Week of 5/22

Thursday, May 25, 2023, 7:00 PM

Friday, May 26, 2023, 8:00 PM

Saturday, May 27, 2023, 8:00 PM

Sunday, May 28, 2023, 2:00 PM




Week of 6/5

Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 2:00 PM

Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 6:30 PM

Thursday., June 8, 2023,  7:00 PM
Young Friends Night! Use code: YFARDEN for $30 tickets (Arden Young Friends is designed for audience members 40 and under, and includes a pre-show networking event!)

Friday, June 9, 2023, 8:00 PM
Audio Descrip/Caption

Saturday, June 10, 2023, 2:00 PM
Audio Descrip/Caption

Saturday, June 10, 2023, 8:00 PM

Sunday, June 11, 2023, 2:00 PM

Sunday, June 11, 2023, 7:00 PM