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Tony award-winning 'Spelling Bee' musical is a quirky play on words

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 2008/09 cast spells out words in u-n-i-s-o-n.

Courtesy<p> The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 2008/09 cast spells out words in u-n-i-s-o-n.

In this musical that revolves around a fictional spelling bee, six "unique" adolescents face off for the county title in a competition run by three equally eccentric grown ups.Originally conceived by New York comedy improv group The Farm, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" fleshed out into a full musical off-Broadway in 2004, winning critical and box-office success before moving to Broadway's Circle in the Square Theater, where it ran for three years before closing earlier 2008.Nominated for six Tony Awards (winning two), the show gained recognition for its audience involvement, incorporating three or four audience members to compete with the cast, and casting an improv comedian as an announcer, providing outlandish usage-in-a-sentence examples.Political commentator Al Sharpton competed during the 2005 Tony Awards.This show will feature local radio personality Ken Byers, with three audience contestants selected out of volunteers shortly before show time."The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" starts at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at Yavapai College Performance Hall.Tickets are $49, $47, and $45 and can be purchased at the box office in the performance hall, by phone at 776-2000, or online at www.yc.edu/communityevents.
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