Contra Costa Musical Theater Announces First Show in 2 Years


CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA – Contra Costa Musical Theater, a Walnut Creek-based nonprofit founded in 1961 to bring high-quality Broadway plays to East Bay, has announced its first musical production in more than two years.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will run on select dates November 4-20 at the El Campanil Theater in Antioch, as after many years at the Lesher Theater in Walnut Creek, CCMT productions are now heading to various theaters around community in an effort to reach new audiences.

Tickets for the show are $38 for adults and $32 for youth and seniors and can be purchased through the El Campanil Theater website.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is billed as a “tumultuous race, with audience participation and a haunt of comic genius”.

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, the musical features a book by Rachel Sheinkin and a score by William Finn.

The plot centers around an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vying for the spelling championship of their lives. While candidly revealing hilarious and touching stories from their lives at home, the tweens weave their way through a series of (potentially made up) words, hoping to never hear the soul-crushing “ding” , pouts and does not affirm life. of the bell which signals a spelling error. Six spellings enter; a hand spelling. At least the losers get a box of juice.

The CCMT production is directed by John Maio and produced by David Pinkham with musical direction by Kerry Leyden and choreography by Justin Sabino. The cast includes talented performers from across the Bay Area.

*PLEASE NOTE: This production is rated PG-13 due to a small amount of profanity and vulgarity.


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