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September 25, 2019

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Opens Oct. 1

The Berry College Theatre Company opens their 2019-2020 season with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

Berry students play six quirky tweens competing for the title of county spelling bee champion. Junior Madison VandenOever plays the shy yet endearing Olive Ostrovsky.

“Olive is shy, geeky and by far the nicest character I have ever played,” said VandenOever. “She desperately tries to make friends at the Spelling Bee and runs into all kinds of hilarious scenarios. I can’t wait to see how audiences react to her.” 

This show is unique because there is an audience participation element. 

“For each performance we’ll have guest spellers drawn from the audience who will actually be part of the competition onstage,” said Alford. “It’s a lot of fun for the audience, and it really keeps the actors on their toes.”

Director David Alford is a former star of the Emmy- nominated TV series, “Nashville.” A Tony and Drama Desk award recipient, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is funny, suspenseful, heartwarming and filled with memorable songs and unpredictable audience participation.

Audiences are advised that the show contains some strong language. 

The show runs from Oct. 1 to Oct. 6, in the Sisters Theatre at Berry. Tuesday through Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets please visit or call  the box office at 706.236.2263.


Written by Public Relations

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