UIndy Theatre presents musical comedy

Emery Lade as Olive Ostrovsky stars as an eager speller

Emery Lade as Olive Ostrovsky stars as an eager speller

A heartwarming comedy is this season’s opening production from the Department of Theatre at the University of Indianapolis. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a long one-act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss.

The 2005 Broadway production earned good reviews and box-office success and was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book. It opens October 21 in UIndy’s Ransburg Auditorium, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny, and touching book, and a truly fresh and vibrant score, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.

The run continues Oct. 21-22 & 27-29, with performances at 8 p.m., and on Oct. 23 with a 2 p.m. performance. Admission is $12 for the public, $10 for UIndy alumni, senior citizens, groups of eight or more, and non-UIndy students with ID. Tickets and more information are available at uindy.edu/etc or 317- 788-3251

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

 UIndy Theatre

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss.

Oct. 21-22 & 27-29, performance 8 p.m. Oct. 23, performance at 2 p.m.

Ransburg Auditorium, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., 46227

Admission: $12 general; $10 for alumni, senior citizens, groups of eight or more, and non-UIndy students with ID.

Tickets and information: uindy.edu/etc or 317-788-3251

Free preview: 8 p.m. Oct. 20

Thrifty Thursday: 8 p.m. Oct. 27, $6