Arts Collective @HCC Presents ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ May 19 – June 5, 2016

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HCC’s Arts Collective presents the Tony Award-Winning Musical:

THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

May 19 – June 5, 2016

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Howard Community College’s Arts Collective proudly wraps up its 21st Season with a three weekend run of the Tony award-winning musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, directed by Anthony Scimonelli, with musical direction by Mayumi Baker Griffie and choreography by Jess Beach. The cast features the outstanding work of HCC students, alumni and guest artists, as well as a stellar creative and production team, and includes audience participation.

Cole Watts (Leaf), Warren Harris (Barfée), Kaity Krull (Schwarzy), Daniel Johnston (Panch), and Lauren Blake Williams (Rona). Photo by St. Johnn Blondell.
Cole Watts (Leaf), Warren Harris (Barfée), Kaity Krull (Schwarzy), Daniel Johnston (Panch), and Lauren Blake Williams (Rona). Photo by St. Johnn Blondell.

Cheer on everyone’s favorite six kids in the middle of puberty as they compete for the spelling bee championship of a lifetime!  With allergies, crushes, magic feet, neat freaks, musicians, linguists, little league, growing pains and dictionaries, this bee promises an unforgettable, wild ride where the spellers learn that winning isn’t everything (but at least you get a juice box).

Winner of the TONY and the Drama Desk Award for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences everywhere with its comic genius… complete with audience participation.

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The Tony Award-Winning Musical:

The 25th Annual Putnam County SPELLING BEE
Music/Lyrics: William Finn, Book: Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss

Warren Harris (Barfée), Cole Watts (Leaf), Kaity Krull (Schwarzy), Daniel Johnston (Panch), and Lauren Blake Williams (Rona). Photo by St. Johnn Blondell.
Warren Harris (Barfée), Cole Watts (Leaf), Kaity Krull (Schwarzy), Daniel Johnston (Panch), and Lauren Blake Williams (Rona). Photo by St. Johnn Blondell.

SHOW DATES/TIMES: MAY 19 – JUNE 5, 2016
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm
Location: Studio Theatre at Howard Community College, Horowitz Center – 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, in Columbia, MD 21044

Special Event – Post-Show Discussion, Thursday, June 5th:
Join us for a lively Post-Show Discussion with the Cast and Creatives following Sunday’s June 5th closing performance!

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TICKETS: $10 – $15 – $20
—- $10 All Students (ages 12 and up), $15: Seniors, Military, Groups, and $20 General Admission
—- Seating is limited; purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.
—- Buy Tickets Now: Call the Box Office at 443-518-1500 or Buy Online Here!
—- Note: Parental guidance suggested. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

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DIRECTIONS & PARKING:
-Driving Directions: HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044
Building Map, Finding Horowitz Center Studio Theatre
Parking: West Garage is recommended.

Top row, left to right: Daniel Johnston (Panch/Dan Dad/Jesus), Lauren Blake Williams (Rona/Olive’s Mom), Cole Watts (Leaf, Olive’s Dad), Warren Harris (Barfée), Jordan Colea (Marcy). Bottom row, left to right: Gabrielle Amaro (Olive), Kaity Krull (Schwarzy), Diego Esmolo (Chip, Carl Dad), and Brandon Love (Mitch). Photo by St. Johnn Blondell.

Top row, left to right: Daniel Johnston (Panch/Dan Dad/Jesus), Lauren Blake Williams (Rona/Olive’s Mom), Cole Watts (Leaf, Olive’s Dad), Warren Harris (Barfée), Jordan Colea (Marcy). Bottom row, left to right: Gabrielle Amaro (Olive), Kaity Krull (Schwarzy), Diego Esmolo (Chip, Carl Dad), and Brandon Love (Mitch). Photo by St. Johnn Blondell.

The CAST of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee:

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Gabrielle Amaro (Olive Ostrovsky)
Jordan Colea (Marcy Park)
Diego Esmolo (Charlito “Chip” Tolentino,
Carl Grubenierre (Dance Captain)

Warren C. Harris (William Morris Barfée)
Daniel Johnston (Vice Principal Douglas Panch, Jesus Christ, Dan Schwartz)
Kaity Krull (Logainne “Schwarzy” Schwartzandgrubenierre)
Brandon Love (Mitch Mahoney)
Cole Richard Watts (Leaf Coneybear, Olive’s Dad)
Lauren Blake Williams (Rona Lisa Paretti, Olive’s Mom)

The CREATIVES and Production Team:
Directed by: Anthony Scimonelli
Music Director: Mayumi Baker Griffie
Choreographer: Jess Beach
Set and Props Design: Mollie Singer
Light Design: Andrew Haag, Jr.
Costume Design: Robert Croghan
Stage Management: Ally Cribbs
Assistant Stage Manager: Chania Hudson

About the Director: Anthony Scimonelli

Director Anthony Scimonelli. Photo courtesy of Arts Collective @HCC.
Director Anthony Scimonelli. Photo courtesy of Arts Collective @HCC.

Mr. Scimonelli co-directed Howard Community College’s Arts Collective (AC) production of It’s A Wonderful Life last season with Gareth Kelly and directed AC’s production of Nobody In Particular. He performed in many AC productions from 1994-2015. Most recent AC on-stage appearances include Coffee House Under the Stars as co-emcee, What Improv Group’s (W.I.G.’s) Hallow Scream Improv Show, and Eat the Runt. Currently, he is an artistic associate and company member with Pumpkin Theatre in Baltimore where he has performed in many productions, such as Snow WhiteAladdinPeter Pan, and Jack & The Beanstalk. He has worked as a designer, musician and actor with “Spotlight UB” at the University of Baltimore from 2008-2014 and is the resident videographer at Spotlighters Theater.

About HCC’s Arts Collective

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Howard Community College’s critically-acclaimed Arts Collective (AC) is a force to be reckoned with! AC is entirely committed to offering diverse, innovative, awe-inspiring works across all genres from the classics to the cutting edge, pushing the artistic boundaries inside theatre, original works, musical theatre and more!  Established in 1994, AC is known for being one of area’s most outstanding and creatively alive artistic organizations. AC continues its commitment to performers and audiences by offering stellar experiences inside the theatre. AC supports, nurtures, and fuses collaborative relationships between all artists with and without experience, from students to guest artists, on and off the stage.

About HCC

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Since 1970, Howard Community College (HCC) has been a preferred college choice for students and families in Howard County, Maryland. A public community college, HCC offers associate degree and certificate programs, as well as workforce development training and continuing education classes, to nearly 30,000 credit and non-credit students each year. Among HCC’s recent honors is being named a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education for the seventh consecutive year.

The article is by Susan L. Kramer.