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Excellence Awards for Musical Theatre in Mid-Michigan

Schools represent participation from Barry, Calhoun, Eaton and Ionia Counties 

  • Scene Design *Winner

  • Orchestra *Nominee

  • Direction *Winner

  • Featured Performer - Josh Irwin, Carl Dad *Runner Up

  • Supporting Actress - Paige Plunkett, VP Panch *Nominee

  • Lead Actress - Becca Bovee, Rona Lisa Peretti *Runner Up

  • Lead Actor - Cole Seigo, Leaf Coneybear *Nominee

  • Overall Production * Winner

 An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. 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. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for high schools or community theatres. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.


Vice Principal Panch - Ben Franco, Paige Plunkett

Rona Lisa Peretti -  Becca Bovee, Korey Hamilton

Chip Tolentino - Emerson Ganton, Cameron Palmer
Schwarzy - Bailey deSilva, Jacklyn VanderPloeg

Leaf Coneybear - Foster Anderson, Cole Seigo

William Barfee - Thomas Larner, Chris Verhil

Marcy Park - Abbey Nelson, Miranda Shaltry

Olive Ostrovsky - Lainie Plunkett, Madeline Smith

Michelle Mahoney - Sara Peeper, Rebecca Ridenour

Dan Dad/Olive's Dad - Brandon Foy

Carl Dad - Josh Irwin

Marigold/Olive's Mom - Nyah Ganton


Keira Carlson, Hannah Perri, Keegan Pratt, Hannah Perri, Presley Richardson, Abbey Thorne


Nolan Fox, Ben Hoskins, Liam McCracken, Carolyn Morgan, Luke Newman, Gabe Schroeder, Oliver Zay




Director/Choreographer - Tracy Clark

Vocal/Pit Orchestra Director - Sheri Petersen

Assistant Director - Amanda Hengesbach

Production Manager - Tonya Rice

Costumer - Erin Marsh

Student Directors - Ryan Koschay, Illeana Lanese

Technical Supervisor - Timothy Daniel


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