MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Department of Global Languages & Theatre Arts presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” with performances Nov. 15–18.

The show will be presented in the Robert E. Johnson Theatre in the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building. Shows run Nov. 15–17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. The cost is $21 (plus tax) per ticket for general admission seating and $19 (plus tax) for Murray State employees, non-Murray State students and AARP members. Murray State students are free with their student IDs.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” was conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. It is a musical comedy about high school students and their hopes, dreams and angst as they compete for a spot in the National Spelling Bee. Overseen by adults still stuck in adolescence themselves, the students sing their stories, utilize unique spelling techniques and learn that losing doesn’t necessarily make them losers.

Visit to purchase tickets and to view the entire 2018–19 performance lineup.

Six students pose on stage while rehearsing a scene.
Students rehearse a musical number, “Pandemonium,” featuring (from left to right) Tyran Fitzgerald of Paducah, Kentucky; Rebecca Robards, of Henderson, Kentucky; Charlie Raymer of Paris, Tennessee; Caitlyn Easter of Metropolis, Illinois; Emma Whitt of Knoxville, Tennessee; Jennifer Rea of Fairview Heights, Illinois; and Joseph Glaser of Louisville, Kentucky.
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