The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Ritz Newburgh - Daily Hudson Valley News

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Ritz Newburgh

Mar 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Entertainment

Hatmaker’s Attic Productions in collaboration with Safe Harbors of the Hudson presents
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Directed by Edward Gibbons-Brown

at the historic Ritz Theater in Newburgh March 22nd – 24th

Tony Award-winning musical produced as part of Ritz centennial year!

The hilarious and popular musical the New York Times called “effortlessly endearing” and the Los Angeles times called a “surprisingly poignant laugh-fest” will come to Newburgh with an all-local cast as part of the centennial year of performances in the historic Ritz Theater.

THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a tale of six young people in the throes of puberty and overachievers’ angst as they compete for the spelling championship of a lifetime, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. Along the way they’ll learn that winning isn’t everything… and losing doesn’t make you a loser. The show’s Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.

This production is the first of several planned collaborations this year between Hatmaker’s Attic Productions, Inc. and Safe Harbors of the Hudson in pursuit of similar arts-based community outreach goals.

Safe Harbors of the Hudson, which owns and operates The Ritz Theater, The Cornerstone Residence, and the Ann Street Gallery, is a nonprofit committed to transforming lives and building communities through housing and the arts. The Ritz Theater’s mission is to create a vibrant professional performing arts venue in the city of Newburgh that revitalizes the local economy, enriches the education of youth, and enhances community pride.

Hatmaker’s Attic Productions is honored to be a part of Safe Harbors’ ongoing efforts to restore The Ritz. Founded last year by brothers Edward and William Gibbons-Brown, Hatmaker’s Attic is committed to creating positive environments where anybody can find a home in art. THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE will be the third production for this fledgling company.

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International, Inc.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will play at The Ritz Theater
(107 Broadway, Newburgh, NY). Performances are March 22nd at 8pm, March 23rd at 3pm and
8pm, and March 24th at 3pm. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased in advance at  or at the door.


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