2018-2019 Season

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Directed by Sarah J. Rudolph
Musicial Direction by Julie Burgess

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for 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 (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

7:30 p.m. November 2-3, 8-10
2 p.m. November 4, November 11
James F. Veninga Theater, Wausau, Wis. 


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James F. Veninga Theater, Wausau, Wis.

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About Us

UW-Stevens Point at Wausau Theatre offers a variety of production experiences, ranging from musical comedy to innovative contemporary drama. We endeavor to link productions to the larger campus curriculum and reveal the valuable contribution theatre makes to discussing vital ideas.

Through THEA 226: Theatre Practicum I, students can earn academic credit for their involvement in production efforts. Our intimate size and grass roots approach enable hands-on learning in performance, set construction, lighting and sound, and costuming as well as production and house management.

We also thrive on the involvement of community members who frequently contribute to our productions as members of our casts and crews.

Previous Productions

Find out more about our wide variety of previous productions, including original material by our students!

More Information

For more information, please contact:

Sarah J. Rudolph
Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance 

Kris Berge
Theatre Manager
Office: 715-261-6373
Cell: 715-218-0350