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Musical continues for week two at CAST theater

Tony award winning play

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee continues for another weekend at Columbia Center for the Arts and CAST Theatre in Hood River.

The Tony Award winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

Six kids face off in the battle of their lives. The competition is intense. The words are outrageous. Let the spelling (and the singing) begin! Three adults adjudicate the proceedings: a nostalgic former spelling bee winner, a mildly insane vice principal and the official comfort counselor completing his community service to the State of New York.

The show's Tony 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.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin is directed by HRVHS music director Mark Steighner and features a cast of 14 outstanding actors and singers.

The show continues on July 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $8 for children 11 and under and $10 for groups of 10 or more.

Tickets are available at Columbia Arts and Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River and online at


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