The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is coming to Berkeley. And it's family-friendly (they changed one of the songs).
Here's a description of the Tony award winning show: "For six young people, the spelling bee is the pinnacle of their middle school career. Quirky, awkward, and in the midst of puberty; there is a lot more going on at the spelling bee than consonants and vowels, especially with equally quirky parents and teachers as organizers of the bee. Complete with honest and heartfelt songs such as “My Friend, The Dictionary,” “Woe is Me,” and “I’m Not That Smart” these young outsiders learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't make you a loser.
Special to the production is the incorporation of improvisation and audience participation. Four audience members are selected to join the cast on stage as additional contestants in the bee at each performance. Some “use it in a sentence” examples are improvised, making each show of this hilarious musical a unique experience."
When: Apri 15-May 4, 2014
Where: Julia Morgan Theater - 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley
Tickets: $17-60. Buy online or by phone at (510) 845-8542 x 351