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Pomona College Presents Tony Award-Winning Musical Comedy "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, winner of the 2005 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Featured Actor, will be performed at Pomona College on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 1-3 at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4 at 2 p.m. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. Jack Reuler is the guest director and Jessica Harris '11 is the guest choreographer. Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 students, staff and seniors. Call or e-mail to reserve tickets: (909) 607-4375 or

In this one-act musical comedy, six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. This hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

The musical was conceived by Rebecca Feldman, with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee started as a non-musical play entitled C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, performed by the improvisational group "The Farm." Following that, and a first full production in Massachusetts, it moved to off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre, where it quickly sold out its original stay and was extended due to glowing reviews and word-of-mouth. The show broke box office records at Second Stage and moved to Broadway's Circle in the Square, where it once again earned rave reviews.

Pomona College, one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, provides its students with a challenging curriculum in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and fine arts, and an unsurpassed environment for intellectual inquiry and growth. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.