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Open Auditions for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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Open Auditions for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Elgin Summer Theatre (EST) presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE which will run at The Hemmens Cultural Center July 14 - 16 and July 21 - 23, 2017.

This Tony-Award winning musical has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor as it follows a group of eccentric adolescents in their quest for 1st prize in the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words, hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.


The Elgin production of SPELLING BEE is directed by Terry Broeker, new to EST this year. Past EST performances include Hair, Grease, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent, BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Nominee Next to Normal, and A Chorus Line.

Auditions for the Elgin-produced musical are open to the public and will be held 7 - 9:30 pm on May 15, 16 and 17, 2017, at The Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way in Elgin.

Those auditioning should be age 16 and over, wear comfortable clothes for the dance portion, and prepare a 60 - 120 second selection of music in the pop/rock genre to perform a capella. (Auditions are first come, first served but priority will be given to those who fill out the online audition form.)

To register for auditions, go to the Elgin Summer Theatre link at www.hemmens.org. Those with questions or interest in volunteering, contact Elgin Summer Theatre at est@cityofelgin.org

EST is a showcase for regional talent and is funded through a grant from the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and the City of Elgin.

Show times are 8 pm July 14, 15, 21 and 22, with 3 pm matinees on July 16 and 23.


$15 - $20 reserved seating. Tickets are available at The Hemmens Box Office, by phone at 847-931-5900 or by going to www.hemmens.org

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