PPP's Fall Show is a Tony Award Winning Spoof of Spelling Bees

 The PPP cast of  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  poses for a publicity photo. Pictured, from left, are Ben Taylor, Kaylynn Coulter, Maclean Mayers, Raneem Imam, Daniel Jaramillo and Hayley Bardos.

The PPP cast of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee poses for a publicity photo. Pictured, from left, are Ben Taylor, Kaylynn Coulter, Maclean Mayers, Raneem Imam, Daniel Jaramillo and Hayley Bardos.

Get in touch with your inner geek this fall when the Poplar Pike Playhouse presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Six overachieving oddballs compete under the bright lights of a high school gymnasium for the title of regional spelling bee champion. But as the contestants (and even a few audience volunteers) misspell themselves out of the competition, these eccentric teens discover more than just how to use Xerophthalmiology in a sentence. The New York Times called this Tony Award wining musical “irresistible.” The Washington Post declared it “The funniest thing on seven consonants.”

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee takes the Poplar Pike Playhouse stage October 16-25. The Poplar Pike Arts Guild will hold a special benefit performance on October 16. All proceeds from this performance will benefit the Creative and Performing Arts Department at Germantown High. This special performance will also include a complimentary reception. Tickets go on sale September 22nd and can be purchased online at ppp.org, by visiting the Poplar Pike Playhouse Box Office or by calling (901) 755-7775.

The cast of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee includes Sydney Armstrong, Hayley Bardos, Kaylynn Coulter, Kennedy Harris, Raneem Imam, Daniel Jaramillo, Jackie Kamin, Maclean Mayers, Arafat Quran, Jasmine Saulsberry and Ben Taylor. Kirie Walz is the director.

The Poplar Pike Playhouse at Germantown High School presents a full season of theatrical productions from its 300-seat on-campus theatre facility. Since its inception is 1976, the PPP has presented more than 100 theatrical shows viewed by hundreds of thousands of patrons. The yearly roster of events includes two mainstage shows, several acting festivals and additional workshop productions. Students not only perform onstage, but are responsible for the technical and business aspects of operating this community theatre. Allison Long is the chair of the Germantown High School Creative and  Performing Arts Department. Kirie Walz is the PPP managing director. Ashleigh Williams is the PPP artistic director. The 2014-2015 student company managers are Arafat Quran and Taylor Shennett.