Notre Dame de Namur University Learns To S-P-E-L-L In Upcoming Musical Comedy

Belmont, CA, December 1, 2010 — How is your spelling these days? It’s time to whip it in to shape, because The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is coming to town! Notre Dame de Namur University, in cooperation with the Cañada College Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, presents William Finn’s one-act musical comedy from December 3-12 at Cañada College’s Flex Theatre and NDNU’s Taube Center.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows, you guessed it, a middle school spelling bee with a very unique set of participants, whose life stories are revealed through flashbacks. They include: a shy girl with absent and uninvolved parents. a boy who has come to believe he’s dumb because his parents told him so, an overachiever fluent in six languages, the daughter of two dads who has a lisp, the lad with a horrible peanut allergy but the fortunate ability to spell out words with his foot before speaking them, and the hormonal Boy Scout who finds himself a little distracted by the girls in the room. And then there are few more spellers, selected from the audience.

“We’re doing this show in response to students who really, really wanted to do it – it’s full of fun music!” says Debra Lambert, chair of NDNU’s Department of Music and Vocal Arts. “Some of our students fit right into their roles as pre-adolescent spelling bee contestants!”

The company consists of Samantha Bruce, Alexis Flores, Freddie Navas, Tracy O’Brien, Heather Orth, Neal Pascua, Daniel Pias, Michael Reed, Leah Sawick, Wayne Self, and Maurizio Suarez. Spelling Bee is produced by stage director Greg Fritsch, music director Ben Malkevitch, choreographer Robyn Tribuzi, costume designer Kate Irving Mills, and production manager and lighting designer Matthew Royce. Debra Lambert is the producer, with technical director Michael Walsh from Cañada College.

Spelling Bee runs December 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and December 5 at 2 p.m. at the Cañada College Flex Theatre and December 9 – 11 at 7:30 p.m. and December 12 at 2 p.m. at NDNU’s Taube Center. Tickets are $20 general, $15 students/seniors. For more information and tickets, call (650) 508-3729 or email

The Cañada College Flex Theatre is located at 4200 Farm Hill Boulevard, Room 129, Building 3, in Redwood City. NDNU’s Taube Center is located at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont.