A Musical Comedy
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Directed by Michael Ng
Music Direction by Darcie Yoshinaga
Choreography by Dwayne Sakaguchi
The Tony Award-winning The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny, and touching book, and a truly fresh and vibrant score, this bee is one unforgettable experience. In this musical comedy, an eclectic group of middle-school spellers compete at their annual spelling bee. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Through charming, funny, and poignant songs, we get to know each speller’s unique story and discover that winning isn’t everything.
About the Directors
Michael Ng (Director) holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Last seen as The King of Siam in I’m A Bright Kid Foundation’s The King and I, he has worked professionally as an actor both in Hawai’i and on the mainland. Credits include Nickelodeon’s iCarly, Big Time Rush, FOX’s Dollhouse, CBS’ Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-0, ABC’s Last Resort, and Cameron Crowe’s Aloha. As a filmmaker, Michael wrote, produced, and directed Peace by Piece which premiered at the 2013 Hawai’i International Film Festival. He is currently on the teaching staff at the Kaimuki High School Performing Arts Center where he has helmed the live stage productions of Grease, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Once On This Island, In The Heights, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, and Little Shop of Horrors. Other directing credits include Manoa Valley Theatre’s production of Lisa Matsumoto’s The Princess and the Iso Peanut and Edgewater Productions’ A Timeless Princess.
Darcie Yoshinaga (Music Director) began her musical theatre endeavors playing in the orchestras for Ronald Bright productions at Castle High School, and more recently has music directed DHT’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder and The Bodyguard, and Edgewater Productions’ A Timeless Princess. Assistant musical director credits include MVT’s Rent, KHSPAC’s Hairspray, In the Heights, Mamma Mia! and Little Shop of Horrors, and CPAC’s Pippin, On the Town, Shrek, Les Miserables, and Ragtime. Darcie has also played in various pit orchestras, some favorites being Altar Boyz, Titanic, Goodbye Girl and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (DHT), Avenue Q & Next to Normal (MVT), and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (KHSPAC).
Dwayne Sakaguchi (Choreographer) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a focus in Public Relations. He is a 2012 Kaimuki High School graduate, KHSPAC alumni, and a 2018 Po’okela award winner for his performance in DHT’s production of Newsies. Most memorable roles include Chino in West Side Story, Kenickie in Grease (KHSPAC), Angel in Rent (SLPAC), Mike in A Chorus Line (ACT), a featured dancer in MVT’s last production of Honk!, and most recently as an Angel in DHT’s production of Kinky Boots. Sakaguchi began his dance training under the direction of Deanna Luster in 2010 and was a Directed Studies student for 2 years. A former DHT Shooting Star, he has trained at various studios around the island including Queen Emma Ballet, Hawai’i Ballet Theatre, 24-7 Danceforce, Central Y, and Honolulu Dance Studio. He has taught dance at Applause Performance Academy and Punahou Dance School under the direction of Charlys Ing. He is humbled and honored to debut as a community theatre choreographer with this show!
Following COVID19 guidelines, this production will utilize assigned seating.
With spaced out rows and empty seats between groups.
Please allow time for COVID question screening and temperature checks upon arrival at theatre.
All patrons, staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks while on property.
If you require any special seating needs please contact the box office at 988-6131 to arrange in advance.
There will be no meet and greet after the performance. We ask all patrons to leave immediately following.
There will be no concession stand open during the performance. We ask you to refrain from eating or drinking while on property.