Tony winner brings spelling contest to The J


25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Saturdays | February 3, 10 & 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Sundays | February 4, 11 & 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Thursdays | February 8 & 15 at 7:30 p.m.

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Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Six adolescents navigate life’s challenges while fiercely competing in the annual spelling bee. A hidden side of the Bee is quickly revealed, one filled with passion, puberty and a drive to gain the approval of overbearing – or absent – parents and less-than supportive siblings.  Three adults adjudicate the proceedings: a nostalgic former winner, an insane Vice Principal and the official “Comfort Counselor”, an ex-con completing his community service. Much hilarity ensues as the characters unwittingly demonstrate the sheer ridiculousness of the need to win at all costs. Both tender and sardonic, this hilarious Tony Award-winning musical of overachievers’ angst brings you inside the spelling championship to end them all.

Rated PG-13



Rona Lisa Peretti: Korrie Murphy
Dougals Panch: Jayson Chandley
William Barfee: Colin Rohach
Chip Tolentino: Sam Hesman
Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre: Erin Huffman
Leaf Coneybear: Jaden Tatge
Marcy Park: Julia Masterson
Olive Ostrovsky: Madelyn Padget
Mitch Mahoney: Bree Patterson

About the Directors:

Zach Faust is excited to be stepping into this project with such an amazing group of people, especially on his all-time favorite show! This is the 12th production of “Spelling Bee” he has been a part of, portraying the role of William Barfée four times, Leaf Coneybear once, and serving as Director, Choreographer, Costumer, and/or Properties Master on the others.. He owns his own theatre company, Faust Theatre, where he directs and performs, coming off the summer success of Heathers the Musical and will perform as Marvin in Falsettos at the Arts Asylum this summer. He will direct The Addams Family at Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park. Thanks to his friends, family, Vanessa, and the cast and crew of this amazing production for their dedication and love. Enjoy the show!

Steven Eubank is best known for directing musicals and has worked with numerous theatre companies in the Kansas City area. Steven is delighted to be returning to White Theatre at the J where he previously directed Spamalot and Little Shop of Horrors and last summer’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Steven has also directed and/or choreographed at Johnson County Community, Musical Theater Heritage, Leawood Stage Co, Theatre for Young America. UMKC and Late Night Theatre. Steven Eubank is also the Artistic Director of Egads! Theatre Company.  In addition, Steven can also be found singing and dancing onstage with local theater companies.  Steven is currently performing as Garfield in the Coterie Theatre production of Garfield: A Musical with Cattitude.  He has appeared in shows at Theatre for Young America, Musical Theater Heritage, Spinning Tree Theatre KC Fringe Festival, The Living Room, and Worlds of Fun Live Entertainment.

About the Music Director:

Pamela Williamson is the Choral Music Director at Olathe Northwest High School, and will begin her twenty-sixth year as a music educator in the public schools in Kansas. She has been the Choral Director and Performing Arts Department Chair since 2006 at Olathe Northwest. Pam also serves as the Olathe District High School Choral Facilitator. Pam is on the music staff at Grace United Methodist Church in Olathe, Kansas. She has earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. Pam is in her twenty-sixth season of singing with the Grammy award winning Kansas City Chorale, and is a featured soloist on several of their recordings. Pam sang in the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in performances at Carnegie Hall, and has been an active music director and accompanist for many community musical theater events in the Kansas City area, most recently last summer as conductor/accompanist for last seasons “Beauty and the Beast” at the White Theatre and Theatre in the Park, as well as 2015’s Theatre in the Park production of “The Drowsy Chaperone”. Pam was named the Outstanding High School Music Educator in 2011-2012 by the Kansas Music Educators Association. She served as the State Choral Chair for KMEA from 2015-2017. Pam was a semi-finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year in the Olathe School District in 2014-15. Pam is happy to be a part of this production of “Beauty and the Beast”! Pam enjoys spending time with husband Brett, and their three sons.


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