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American Stage in the Park

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Explore what happens when adults and children switch roles!

American Stage in the Park

By Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Directed by Steven Flaa

Previews April 24 and 25
Gala is Friday, April 26
Closes Sunday, May 26

April 24 & 25

Mainstage Lecture Series:
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Guest Speaker:
Steven Flaa, Director

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Read the Previews - Click Below:

Tampa Bay Times preview by John Fleming
The Tampa Tribune preview by Kathy L. Greenberg
Sarasota Herald-Tribune preview by Jay Handelman

Read the Reviews - Click Below:

“H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S… Song, dance and spelling merge delightfully in park performance… A real charmer.” -- John Fleming, Tampa Bay Times

“Hilarious…hugely entertaining...wildly imaginative…Everyone’s a winner in ‘Spelling Bee’…a heartfelt homage to nerds, adolescence and the English language…this is a best bet for an evening under the stars.” – Kathy Greenberg, The Tampa Tribune

“Fresh…rambunctious…fun-spirited…full of charm and humor…a fun show for the park setting, a perfect backdrop to a picnic and gathering with friends.” -- Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“You’ll have the time of your life!”
-Wall Street Journal

Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. Plus, selected audience members will take part in the onstage fun during each performance!

Laura Hodos* -- Rona Lisa Peretti
Dick Baker -- Chip Tolentino
Nick Cearley* -- Leaf Coneybear
Caitlin Longstreet -- Logainne "Schwartzy" Schwartzandgrubenierre
Ben Ptashinsky* -- William Barfee
Alison Lea Bender* -- Marcy Park
Alison Burns* -- Olive Ostrovsky
Matthew McGee* -- Douglas Panch
Bruce Jones -- Mitch Mahoney

Watch Dick Baker, Alison Lea Bender, and Matthew McGee discuss THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE on Studio 10! Also, click here to check out Nick Cearley, Matthew McGee, Bruce Jones, Ben Ptashinsky's appearance on Daytime.

Insider Tips for American Stage in the Park!

 Restaurant Partner:

Picnic with Parkshore!
Parkshore Grill Catering will be cooking up a special menu exclusively for Park. Order a Parkshore picnic, so you can relax and enjoy the show. A portion of the proceeds benefit American Stage.

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Performance Times and Ticket Prices:
This Park Production will perform Wednesday through Sunday
at 8 pm at Demen’s Landing Park
Gates open at 6 pm and Will Call opens at 5:30 pm

RESERVED Chair Seating ($29) – Wednesday through Sunday performances
PREMIUM Blanket Seating…or lying down ($24) – Wednesday through Sunday performances

GENERAL Admission Lawn
($18) – Friday and Saturday performances
– Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday performances

– Friday and Saturday performances
– Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday performances

Kids 6 and under are free on the lawn.

No alcohol or pets* are allowed to be brought into the park (by city ordinance).
Food and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are sold at the event.

*Pets will be allowed on the designated theme nights for “pets and their people.”

Please note: There will not be concession sales
available on preview nights (April 24 & 25)

American Stage in the Park is performed outdoors at Demens Landing Park, located on the corner of 1st Avenue South and Bayshore Boulevard SE in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. The box office is located at 163 3rd Street North in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg.

American Stage Theatre Company is located at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 3rd Street North in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

For tickets, please call the American Stage Box Office at (727) 823-PLAY (7529) or

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