BURLINGTON — Performances of the “Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be staged Feb. 23 to March 4 at the CATHE Center, 125 E. State St.

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor.

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 and pout-inducing “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves. At least the losers get a juice box.

This is an adult show with some mature themes.

Audience members will be able to choose from two different lunch boxes prepared by the CATHE Center’s cafeteria lady:

  • Vegetarian: Duo grilled cheese with sundried tomatoes on brioche bread, apple cinnamon parfait with cardamom walnuts, spinach artichoke and white bean dip with pretzels crisps, espresso brownie bite.
  • Non-vegetarian: Beef tenderloin mini buns with tater tots and chipotle barbecue sauce, caramelized onion dip with carrot and kettle chips, tropical fruit skewer, mini chocolate chip cookies.

There will also be a dessert bar with an assortment of mini cupcakes. Each person also receives a milk carton and glass of wine.

Performances begin with lunch at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m. Sundays. Doors open 15 minutes early. Tickets cost $25. Go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3319468. Tickets should be purchased at least 48 hours in advance of desired performance.

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Community Coordinator

Loreen Mohr is the community coordinator for The Journal Times.

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