The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a Tony Award-winning musical comedy, will be performed at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica beginning Saturday, March 12 through April 9.

Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows six young people in the throes of puberty, who are overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, as they learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

At each performance, four audience volunteers are selected and invited on stage to participate in the Bee, making each performance unique, a theatre spokesperson said. The show is recommended for ages 13 and over.

Music and lyrics are by William Finn, with original direction by James Lapine. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is based on the book by Rachel Sheinkin and was conceived by Rebecca Feldman.

The show is directed by Valerie Rachelle, director of Urinetown, the Musical, which was performed at Morgan-Wixson in March 2010, and is choreographed by Keenon Hooks, also of Urinetown, the Musical.

Production/music direction is by Anne Gesling. The creative team includes Jeaninne Nichols (set designer), James Paul Xavier (costume designer), William Wilday (lighting designer), and associate producer Kristy Pace.

The cast features Ryyn Chua, (Chip Tolentino), Amy Coles (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre), Michael Heimos, (Vice Principal Douglas Panch), Edward Kiniry-Ostro (Leaf Coneybear), Sarah Krieg (Rona Lisa Perretti), David Laffey (Mitch Mahoney), Chrissa Villanueva (Marcy Park), Ann Villella (Olive Ostrovsky), and James Paul Xavier (William Barfee).

Reserved seats are $23 for general admission or $18 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at www.morgan-wixson.org, or by calling (310) 828-7519.

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