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Arts at ASU to Present ‘Spelling Bee’

July 24, 2012

Angelo State University’s Arts at ASU program will present its second summer dinner theatre, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” beginning Thursday, Aug. 2, in the ASU Modular Theatre.

Show times will be at 8 p.m. Aug. 2-4 and Aug. 9-11, with dinner served at 6:45 p.m.  A special matinee performance is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, with dinner served at 12:45 p.m.  In addition, late-night performances have been added at 11 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, and Friday, Aug. 10, for adults only due to content and language.

Tickets are $12.50 for ASU students and ASU activity card holders, $15 for non-ASU students and Arts at ASU subscribers, and $20 general admission. The Modular Theatre is located in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive.

The play focuses on six adolescent outsiders hoping to win the spelling championship of a lifetime.  Along the way, they learn that winning is not everything, and not winning does not necessarily make someone a loser. 

“We’ve all been there, standing solo in front of a body of peers, trying to look calm and collected, and recalling information,” said Michael Burnett, assistant director of the ASU University Theatre.  “These aren’t the cool kids on stage today, but cheer them on like you would your favorite sports team.  This is their moment to shine.” 

The competing spellers will be portrayed by Jacob Scott, Sarah Caroline Billing, Daniel Wirth, Joel Guerrero, Trina Medelin Delgado and Hillary Shurtleff.  Adults will be played by Alexis Joliff, Brian Carter and Michael Lopez.  Filling actors’ roles will be Christopher Loyd, Lance Turner and Brooke Addison. 

Crew members for the production are Teresa Smith, stage manager; Sarah Phillips, assistant stage manager; Brent Davidson, master electrician, board operator and assistant box office manager; Michael “Pugs” Loftis and Brandon Jones, assistant electrician and spot operator; Chito Hernandez, wardrobe manager; Amber Horton and Heather Walker, assistant wardrobe managers; Laurie Proveaux, sound board operator; Maura Ballard, assistant sound technician; Larry Hettick, house manager; Katie Hejl, maitre d’; Jacque Stewart, box office manager; and Addison, painter/carpenter. 

Reservations are now available by calling the ASU box office at 942-2000 from 2-6 p.m. weekdays.  All tickets must be sold in advance and paid for within 48 hours of the show.  Reservations should be made approximately 10 days before the desired show, and cancellations must be made in advance.

Season subscriptions for the 2012-13 Arts at ASU season are now available for $30, which entitles holders to free admission to plays and musicals, and $15 tickets for dinner theatres.  For more information on “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and/or season subscriptions, call 325-942-2146.