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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Unlike many of today’s modern musicals, Spelling Bee is not based on a previously made movie or rock band. This show is totally original with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman with additional material by Jay Reiss. And unlike many original modern musicals, most of Spelling Bee’s numbers are actually entertaining. Overall, this show is nontraditional and a refreshing change. Read More >>>

Current and Upcoming Productions

Village Theatre

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Now Through November 17

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows an eclectic group of students as they vie for the title of regional spelling be champ – hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. The witty coming-of-age story is bursting with heart and is an unforgettable experience that chronicles all the joy, torment, and passion of those who love to compete.

“This show is hilarious,” said director Brandon Ivie. “It has one of the funniest scripts I have ever read, but it also has these unexpected emotional moments. All these kids are in a pressure cooker situation where stakes could not be higher. Watching them succeed or crumble is thrilling and heartbreaking. This show gives you a full theatrical experience in such a seemingly simple and wacky package.”

Tickets: $35-$75

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Village Theatre Everett

Beauty and the Beast

Now Through December

The Prince has been turned into a silly-looking loud-mouthed beast because of his selfish and unruly behavior. In order to break the spell he must learn to be well-mannered, sincere, gracious and pure of heart.  But most importantly, he must find someone to love him for who he is, both inside and out. Will Beauty fall in love with the Prince or will his comical looks and beastly behavior scare her away?

StoryBook Theater’s musicals are 55-mins and for ages 3-10. Based on familiar fairy tales, each show focuses on a life lesson and has a happy ending. With catchy songs and clever stories, StoryBook Theater shows are fun for the whole family. 

StoryBook Theater performs their shows in Renton, Kirkland, Fremont, Shoreline and Everett.

Tickets: $12

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StoryBook Theater


Beauty and the Beast

Storybook Theater
Oct – Dec

Violet’s Attic

Cafe Nardo
Sep 29 – Nov 23

The Great Moment

Seattle Rep
Oct 11 – Nov 17

The Tempest

Seattle Shakespeare
Oct 15 – Nov 10

The Thanksgiving Play

Seattle Public Theater
Oct 18 – Nov 16

Dracula

ACT Theatre
Oct 18 – Nov 17

Chalk

18th & Union
Oct 24 – Nov 3

Putnam County Spelling Bee

Village Theatre Everett
Oct 25 – Nov 17

Faeriestruck

Annex Theatre
Oct 25 – Nov 23

Adventures of Professor Clicktime

Unexpected Productions
Nov 1-15

Guys & Dolls

Village Theatre Issaquah
Nov 7 – Dec 29

Shout Sister Shout!

Seattle Rep
Nov 8 – Dec 22

Corduroy

Seattle Children’s Theatre
Nov 21 – Dec 29

Head Over Heels

ArtsWest Playhouse
Nov 21 – 29

Mrs. Doubtfire

5th Avenue Theatre
Nov 26 – Dec 29

A Die Hard Christmas

Seattle Public Theater
Nov 27 – Dec 28

The Bishop’s Wife

Taproot Theatre
Nov 27 – Dec 28

A Christmas Story

Driftwood Players
Nov 29 – Dec 22

An Improvised Christmas Carol

Unexpected Productions
Nov 29 – Dec 23

Howl’s Moving Castle

Book-It Repertory
Nov 29 – Dec 29

T’was the Night

StoryBook Theater
Nov 30 – Dec 22

Christmas Killings

Cafe Nardo
Dec 4 – 29

A Christmas Carol

ACT Theatre
Nov 29 – Dec 28

Miracle on 34th Street

Seattle Musical Theatre
Dec 6 – 29

Little Red

Storybook Theater
Jan – Mar

Guys & Dolls

Village Theatre Everett
Jan 3 – Feb 2

The Revolutionists

ArtsWest Playhouse
Jan 16 – Feb 9


Seattle Area Theatres:

5th Avenue Theatre: 1308 5th Ave., Seattle 98101 / 206.625.1900
18th and Union: 1406 18th Ave., Seattle 98122 / 206.937.6499
ACT Theatre: 700 Union St., Seattle 98101 / 206.292.7676
ArtsWest Playhouse: 4711 California Ave. SW, Seattle 98116 / 206.938.0339
Annex Theatre: 1100 E. Pike St., Seattle 98122 / 206.728.0933
Book-It Repertory: 305 Harrison St., Seattle 98109 / 206.216.0833
Cafe Nordo: 109 S. Main St., Seattle 98104 / (no phone)
Edmonds Driftwood Players: 950 Main St., Edmonds 98020 / 425.774.9600
The Intiman: 201 Mercer St., Seattle 98109 / 206.441.7178
McCaw Hall: 321 Mercer St., Seattle 98109 / 206.648.7200
The Moore Theatre: 1932 2nd Ave., Seattle 98101 / 206.682.1414
The Neptune Theatre: 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle 98101 / 206.682.1414
Paramount Theatre: 911 Pine St., Seattle 98101 / 206.682.1414
Seattle Children’s Theatre: 201 Thomas St., Seattle 98109 / 206.441.3322
Seattle Musical Theatre: 7120 62nd Ave. NE, Seattle 98115 / 206.363.2809
Seattle Public Theater: 7312 W. Green Lake Dr. N. Seattle 98103 / 206.524.1300
Seattle Repertory Theatre: 155 Mercer St., Seattle 98109 / 206.443.2210
Seattle Shakespeare Company: 305 Harrison St., Seattle 98109 / 206.733.8222
StoryBook Theater: 11730 118th Ave. NE 100, Kirkland 98034 / 425.820.1800
Taproot Theatre Company: 204 N. 85th St., Seattle 98103 / 206.781.9707
Theater Schmeater: 2125 3rd Ave., Seattle 98121 / 206.324.5801
Theatre Off Jackson: 409 7th Ave. S., Seattle 98104 / 206.340.1049
Unexpected Productions: 1428 Post Alley, Seattle 98101 / 206.587.2414
Village Theatre Everett: 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett 98201 / 425.257.8600
Village Theatre Issaquah: 303 Front St., Issaquah 98027 / 425.392.2202

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