SUNY Cortland Wraps Up Season With Performance of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”


The Spelling Bee is making its way to SUNY Cortland! The cast is wrapping up it’s season with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

Sophomore Kiera Welsome plays the eccentric 12-year-old Marcy Park who can speak six languages and plays several sports and instruments.

“The show is different every night,” said Welsome. The show invites audience members to come onstage and compete as spellers with the cast.

Rona Lisa Peretti, “friend to all children,” is played by senior Caroline Anderson. Her character is just as unique as the children participating in the spelling bee.

Although the musical is a comedy, there are some deeper scenes in the show for each of the characters.

“There are some realistic, heartbreaking moments which makes it so real,” said Anderson.  

After graduation, she will be performing in The Wedding Singer, Mamma Mia and Hello, Dolly at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

“It was such a good start for us to have all these great shows,” Anderson said.

Senior Liz Earle plays Olive Ostrovksy, one of the star spellers. “She is kind of shy and reserved, but she can take care of herself,” said Earle. “Each character really is so different.”

Sara Den Bleyker, who plays Logan Schwartzandgrunbenierre, has been studying musical theatre at SUNY Cortland for three years. “It’s a really well-rounded, well-balanced program,” said Den Bleyker. “You really feel like everyone’s there to help you succeed.”

Seating is limited to 70 general admission seats and there will be no seating after the performance begins.

You can see the show in the Dowd Fine Arts Center at SUNY Cortland starting April 5-6 7:30 p.m., April 7 at 2 p.m., April 11-13 at 7:30 p.m., and April 14 at 2 p.m.

Tickets range from $10-19 and are available here.

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