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Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Theatre: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee   

An eclectic group of sixth graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the Bee; bold and hyperallergic speller William Barfee uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; and former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty. Easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her gay dads. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions, as they make their way through the competition. With an engaging, tuneful score and a sweet, funny book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee causes audiences to fall in love, both with the show itself and its “perspicacious,” “jocular,” and “effervescent” spellers. 

Pam Cardell Cato earned a B.S. degree in Comprehensive Communication and Theatre from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in 1993, and an M.A. degree in Theatre Arts from EMU in 1998. She is delighted to put her degrees to use as part of EMU's Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts where she has served as assistant managing director for EMU Theatre since 1996. She has been an actress, director, and producer, and has worked with several area theaters. She has also worked with students at Ann Arbor’s Huron High School and Chelsea High School, and was the 2018 recipient of the Michigan Thespians "Standing Ovation Award" presented by the Michigan Educational Theatre Association.  

Pre-Performance Class: Friday, April 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Online Class via Zoom
Zoom Link will be sent one day before class begins.

Matinee Performance: Sunday, April 10, 2:00 p.m.
Live and in person at the Legacy Theatre, EMU Campus

Nonmember $27     Member $22    [Includes one ticket to the performance.]

Please call the Elderwise office if you want to order extra tickets
or are Emeritus Faculty.
(734) 340-4691

Extra Tickets are $12 each. 

Emeritus Faculty:
Nonmembers $15 Members $10
EMU Emeritus faculty are eligible for two free tickets from EMU.


  • Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Theatre: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
    Dates: 4/8/2022 - 4/8/2022

  • ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS IS CLOSED. If you are trying to register the day before this class starts or the day of the class, please email or call the office so we can register you over the phone and send you the Zoom Link. Thank you!
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