Show Dates: May 8-11, 2024

Music and Lyrics by WILLIAM FINN
Additional Material by JAY REISS
Performed by arrangement with Musical Theatre International

Is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Any video/audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

Synopsis: Grab a D-I-C-T-I-O-N-A-R-Y and welcome to Spelling Bee! This heartfelt Tony Award winning musical follows a group of wonderfully unique and impassioned adolescents as they compete for the bee championship. Featuring a thrilling score by William Finn, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a joyful night of comedy and quirk that celebrates the pursuit of victory and the gift of being true to oneself.

Director’s Note

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a celebration of the quirky, heartwarming, and sometimes nerve-wracking journey of adolescence. It is a beautiful story of young people discovering where they fit in and of the importance of finding your people. Every character, either written or created by these young talented actors, ultimately realizes that they all have something magical to offer the world; and that is just to be themselves. As we bring this story to life, be prepared to embrace the humour, the vulnerability, and the triumphs of each character. The joy of this musical lies not only in the words spelled but also in the connections forged and the lessons learned along the way. 

The actors you are about to see have grown in such a beautiful way, all individually, and as a cast. They are kind, supportive, and vulnerable with each other, and their bravery throughout this adventure can certainly be seen on stage. Throughout the process, we focused on how their characters would walk and speak, and how they would respond to each other. I think it is in the building of these relationships that we see the true meaning behind our show.

I am so grateful to be able to work and play in such a supportive and welcoming environment that is CA. I want to thank our incredible CA Creative Team who have all embraced me with open arms, and who have joined in to help every step of the way. As we know, “life is pandemonium” and it takes a village to raise a show, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the village we have here at Calgary Academy.

Andrea Page

Musical Director’s Note

The musical journal of this year’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was full of firsts for both of us. With backgrounds in pop/rock vocal training and choir coaching—notably not musical theatre—we didn’t exactly know what we were getting ourselves into. On top of that, this was also our first foray into the wild world of CA’s senior drama production; a world of big personalities, bigger hearts, and persevering passion.  

Everything started in the music room, settling into a new cast and working team, introduced to new roles and melodies alike. We must extend extraordinary gratitude to Ms. Becky Funk for her generosity in lending us her time and depth of musical knowledge (plus her sight-reading skills, which—as the cast members know—we sorely lack) in these early stages. Diving into this work served well to remind us that every day is an opportunity for learning, growing, and changing, and that CA is a community built on this idea. Even beyond the classroom, and even beyond the role of “student”, we found ourselves on the incline of a steep learning curve, like the first, long climb of a roller coaster. Putting on a show of this scale is inherently challenging (excuse the understatement!), and we appreciate the cast’s patience, kindness, and welcoming positivity—with one another and with us. Such challenges would not be surmountable without a supportive community, and we are so lucky to have had that with this cast.  

Something we learned about challenges is that when you take them on with strong support alongside you, they are exciting. Hearing the possibilities of what we could strive for during our first listen of the Original Broadway Cast recording; listening to our vocal ranges waver then stretch to new highs and lows; and feeling the swelling layering of a harmony in our chests the first time we nailed it. We dreamed big in our approach to the music in this show, pushing the cast to take risks and asking them to put in long—and often tiring—hours of hard work and effort. Over time, we grew; we moved from the music room to the theatre, and danced while we sang; we realized goals that seemed lofty in October; we pulled together the threads of music, choreography, blocking, and, of course, acting, until we reached our end result—a vibrant and lively tapestry of storytelling.  

Thank you first and foremost to the cast, without whom this show would not come to life. Thank you to the rest of the production team, and especially to Leeanne, Andrea, Jane, Stacy, and Hayley for your continuous teamwork and collaboration, and for welcoming us both into CA’s drama community. Thank you to all of the behind-the-scenes crew: students and teachers who have worked hard to keep this process forward-moving and for working tirelessly in the background to bring the performance today to you. And, finally, thank you to everyone here for supporting and celebrating our cast and crew as they get ready to spell your socks off.   

Your Musical Direction Team,
Paige Stoffregen
Katherine Meeks

Cast of Characters



Mitch Mahoney/Olive’s Dad: Charlotte O.

Chip Tolentino: Tiegan W.

Leaf Coneybear: Olivia D.

Douglas Panch: Hayley B.

Olive Ostrovsky: Sarah T.

Speller/Leif’s Family/Understudy: Alexandra G.

Speller/Leif’s Family: Rowan C.

Speller/Olive’s Mom: Arissai F.

Speller/Carl’s Dad: Lauren D.

Rona Peretti: Ava H.

Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre: Danielle C.

Marcy Park: Annie S.

William Barfee: Achileus N.

Speller/Understudy: Kiera R.

Speller/Jesus: Daxon B.

Speller/Dan’s Dad: Owen H.

Speller/Understudy: Jaina J.


Mitch Mahoney/Olive’s Dad: Charlotte O.

Chip Tolentino: Tiegan W.

Leaf Coneybear: Olivia D.

Douglas Panch: Hayley B.

Olive Ostrovsky: Mackenzie B.

Speller/Leif’s Family/Understudy: Alexandra G.

Speller/Leif’s Family: Rowan C.

Speller/Olive’s Mom: Arissai F.

Speller/Carl’s Dad: Lauren D.

Rona Peretti: Olivia P.

Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre: Allie S.

Marcy Park: Chloe M.

William Barfee: Matthew K.

Speller/Understudy: Kiera R.

Speller/Jesus: Daxon B.

Speller/Dan’s Dad: Owen H.

Speller/Understudy: Jaina J.

Musical Numbers

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Company

The Rules: Spellers and Panch

My Friend, the Dictionary: Olive

Pandemonium: Spellers, Panch, and Mitch

I’m Not That Smart: Leaf

Magic Foot: Barfee, Rona, and Spellers

Pandemonium (Reprise): Company

My Favorite Moment of the Bee (II): Rona

Prayer of the Comfort Counselor: Mitch




Chip’s Lament: Chip

Woe Is Me: Schwartzy, Carl Dad, Dan Dad and Company

Spelling Montage: Spellers

I’m Not That Smart (Reprise): Leaf

I Speak Six Languages: Marcy and Girls

The I Love You Song: Olive and Olive’s Parents

Woe is Me (Reprise): Schwartzy, Barfee, and Olive

My Favorite Moment of the Bee (III): Rona

Second: Olive, Barfee, Panch, and Rona 

Finale: Company

The Last Goodbye: Company

Creative Team and Technical Crew

Creative/Technical Director: Leeanne McLim
Director: Andrea Page
Assistant Director: Jane Conrad
Student Student Director:
Sadie T.
Choreographer: Hayley Johanson
Assistant Choreographer: Stacey Kelba
Student Choreographers: Mia K. and Abby W.
Music Directors: Paige Stoffregen and Katherine Meeks
Stage Manager: Thomas Lane
Head of Wardrobe: Charlotte Nixon
Lights/Assistant Stage Manager: Ava T.
Crew Assistant: Craig S.
Crew Tech Booth Assistant: Jason T.
Student Costume Designer: Danielle C.
Head of Wardrobe: Olivia Y.
Sound: Will P. and Andrew S.
Follow Spot: Ellie K.
Student Photographers: Addison H. and Hannah T.
Backstage/Makeup: Harrison G.
Backstage Crew: Hannah K. and Bronwyn K.
Assistant Sound: Emma T.
Costume Running Crew:
Sydney H., Sydney T., Taylor D., and Ivy M.
Scenic & Prop Designer:
Jamie Lafond
Program Design: Jordan Pike and Leeanne McLim
Communications and Marketing: Jordan Pike, Nick Hughes, Jelmer Derksen, and Lindsey Meredith
Tech Theatre 9 Design Team: Gabriella T., Kyra A., Lauren D., Khushi F., Isabel H., Isaac H., Cade L., MacLean L., Stephen P., Sonny T., Percy W., Lauren W., Penelope A., Ivy J., Sam M., Eden M., Aishwarya V., William T., and Sera Y.

Special Thanks

Our many helping hands have assisted in so many ways. Although unseen, these people are an integral part of this production and so much more:

Calgary Academy’s Leadership Team, for their steadfast and ongoing support of the Drama program. 

John Lee and the Facilities team, for keeping our space safe and tidy after each of our late-night shows. 

Our front office leading ladies, including Liz, Maggie, Tilly, and Leslie for all their organization, expertise, and extra costume orders!

The Communications and Marketing team, for some really fun promotional ideas, including Nick, Jelmer, and Jordan.

Our Finance team, including Yvette, Nona, Annette, Katie, and Marla, for all your support with ticket sales and for always keeping us in check!

Danica McConnell for all her help organizing the photography students. 

Shirley McLim, for her donations of some of the beautiful costumes. 

Katrina Tashlikowich and Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, for the beautiful circular stage. 

A special thank you to Joel Schaefer for our music workshop. We were so amazed by your magic. 

Steve Fletcher and all the help setting up our sound and microphones and coaching our sound tech students.

Morgan Platt, you saved us when we couldn’t make the props ourselves. 

Bob Fenske from Long and McQuade for all his help with the microphone rentals. 

Mathew LaBrie from Arch Technicals for making sure we were show-ready with extra lighting and speaker rentals. 

All our student directors, choreographers, and designers for their additional commitment as dance captains and student choreographers. 

Our beautiful Kreative Krew of volunteer teachers who have spent over eight months after school cultivating and rehearsing our young performers. 

The teachers of Calgary Academy for their understanding and flexibility with these tired, overworked, and underpaid actors.

Parents, we know that behind every great kid is an even greater parent. Thank you for your support!

The Calgary Academy Cast and Crew’s energy and commitment to making this show a success.