THE 25TH ANNUAL
PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Music/lyrics by William Finn; Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Directed by Andrew Abrams & Gail Becker
SEPTEMBER 22 – OCTOBER 1, 2017
Friday September 22 – 7:30pm
Saturday September 23 – 7:30pm
Sunday September 24 – 2pm
Thursday September 28 – 7:30pm
Friday September 29 – 7:30pm
Saturday September 30 – 7:30pm
Sunday October 1 – 2pm
Overture Center for the Arts
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is about an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents who vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Full of true comedic genius and touching stories from their home lives, the misfit tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words providing one unforgettable experience.
MEET THE CAST
Edwin Bates (Mitch Mahoney) is excited to join the Capital City Theatre family with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! He is a graduate of The Musical Theatre Program at Texas State University and is now a New York based actor. His most recent roles include Mitch Mahoney in Texas State’s production of ..Spelling Bee and Tom Collins in Rent. He would like to thank his agents and Texas State Family for making this all possible! Edwinbates.com
Stacy DeGolier (Olive Ostrovsky) is excited to come home from NYC to reprise one of her favorite roles. Stacy is an actor, assistant director, and dialect coach who worked in the Madison area, Janesville, Edgerton, and Beloit before moving to New York. She received her BA in Theatre with a minor in Film Studies from Minnesota State, Mankato. Past favorite credits include: Avenue Q (Kate Monster) with Bower City Theatre, boom! (Jo) with Madison Theatre Guild, Into the Woods (The Baker’s Wife) and Chicago (Hunyak) with Rock River Repertory Theatre and the short film, “Evangelist” (Sheila) with Strongbow Magic here in Madison. She would like to thank her family, Matt, Andy, and all of her theatre family for their love and unending support.
Patrick Fernan (Vice Principal Douglas Panch) is pleased to be appearing with Capital City Theatre. Patrick has acted with Madison Rep, UW Summer Theatre and nearly all of the area community theaters. He has directed with Middleton Players, Strollers, Madison Theatre Guild, Stoughton Village Players and has been the musical theater director at McFarland High School for the past four years. Patrick’s original plays have been produced by Madison Youth Choir, Mercury Theater, Madison Theatre Guild, Millennium Theater and Madison West High School.
Hilary Fingerman ∗ (Logainne “Schwarzy” SchwartzandGrubenierre) is thrilled to be back on the stage as a part of this marvelous show! Most recently, Hilary was touring the country as Ermengarde in Hello, Dolly! starring Sally Struthers. Other favorite regional credits include: The Bully, Anything Goes, The Xmas That Almost Wasn’t, and The Full Monty. BFA from Wright State University. HilaryFingerman.com
Meagan Lee Hodson (Marcy Park) is a New York based singer/actor. She was recently seen in the first national tour with Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol Live! Off-Broadway: Comfort Women: A New Musical (Goeun Kim). NY Theatre/Regional: We Have Apples (Charlie) at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Make Your Mark (Ellen), Shrek (Gingy/Sugarplum Fairy), Last 5 Years (Cathy Hiatt). Meagan is an alumna of Western Connecticut State University (BM), Westminster Choir College (MM) and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. When not performing, she maintains an active voice studio. Meagan sends love to family, friends, and her amazing husband, Chris. www.meaganleehodson.com
Steven Mooney (William Barfée) is thrilled to be making his Capital City Theater debut! His national touring credits include: The Addams Family and Fiddler on the Roof. Other regional credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown), Fiddler on the Roof (Mendel), South Pacific, First Date, Ragtime, Kiss me Kate, Shrek, FringeNYC. Marymount Manhattan College. Marymount Manhattan College. Follow me on Twitter/Instagram: @manonthesmoonz. “Enjoy!” www.stevenmooney.com
Jake Morrissy (Leaf Coneybear) is so excited to be back in Madison! He was last seen with Capital City Theatre in their very first production, Violet! Other credits include: Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Mamma Mia! (Paramount Theatre), Shrek!, How to Succeed…, Chicago, All Shook Up, and Sister Act (Little Theatre on the Square), The Full Monty and Loving Repeating (Kokandy Productions) and Fiddler on the Roof (Tent Theatre). Jake obtained his BFA in Musical theatre from Millikin University. Much love to the cast, crew, and creative team!
Lisa Spierer (Rona Lisa Perretti) is amazed (and grateful!) to be returning to the stage after a five-year, child-rearing-induced hiatus. This is her second turn as Rona/Olive’s Mom, but now she has more practical experience. Back in the day, Lisa also played Grace Farrell in Annie (Stoughton Village Players), Columbina in The Glorious Ones (Music Theatre of Madison), and Woman #1/Sally in Make Me a Song (StageQ). She blames her lovingly enabling friends and family for this nonsense, and hopes Eve will speak to her again when it’s over.
Tom Vendafreddo ∗ (Chip Tolentino) – Select Chicago credits: Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd, Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, Hairspray, A Christmas Story, Oklahoma!, Les Misérables, The Who’s Tommy, Mary Poppins, and In the Heights (Paramount Theatre). On the Town and Godspell (Marriott Lincolnshire); RoadShow and Shrek (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); and Company and Sweet Charity (Writers Theatre). Select regional credits: The Who’s Tommy (Music Theatre Heritage), Murder for Two (Mason Street Warehouse), Rent (San Diego Musical Theatre), The Wedding Singer (Red Mountain Theatre Company) and Forever Plaid (Chestnut Fine Arts). BM: Eastman School of Music. MFA: San Diego State University. www.tomvendafreddo.com.
Andrew Abrams, (Co-director, Musical Director), has worked Off-Broadway, regionally and on tour as a professional director, musical director, conductor, composer and Equity actor. Off-Broadway: Pirates of Penzance(New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players). Tours: Cinderella (with Eartha Kitt), State Fair (with John Davidson), Cabaret (with Andrea McCardle), Kiss of the Spider Woman, Fiddler on the Roof (with Theodore Bikel); Regionally: Between the Lines (Luna Stage), Masterclass (with Rosemary Prinz), Mikado (Theatre Virginia) and numerous others. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Music degree from UW-Madison and a Master of Arts, in Musical Theatre, from University of London-Goldsmiths. He is also a graduate of the advanced year of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop in New York City where he wrote “But I’m a Cheerleader, the Musical” which had a reading in London in December, 2013 directed by Tony-Award winner Jerry Mitchell and starring Hannah Waddingham. This show previously headlined the New York Musical Theatre Festival in September 2005. Andrew has also worked as a vocal coach, voice teacher, and Acting through Song coach at NYU, New York Film Academy, AMDA, Mountview Academy (in London), Hostra University and privately in New York City and Madison. Andrew@CapitalCityTheatre.org
Gail Becker, (Co-director, Choreographer), was born and raised in a suburb west of Chicago, Gail has been a Cabaret Singer and Actress for over 25 years. For the past 15 years she has made it a priority to further the careers of aspiring musical theatre artists by working independently as a Music Director and Voice Instructor. Gail’s musical directing credits in Madison include work with CTM, Four Seasons Theatre, Oregon Straw Hat Players, Stoughton Village Players, and numerous productions at Madison Country Day School. She also directs the Tommy Ensemble through Overture Center for the Performing Arts and has led numerous workshops including Find Your Light, a two week musical theatre intensive, Madison Tommy Awards with Overture Center for the Performing Arts, Four Seasons Outreach Program, UW Summer Music Clinic, TYA Director for MadCap and CTM’s Nancy Thurow Acting Academy. Gail also works in Madison as a freelance performer, vocal coach, musical director, director and voice over artist. Gail@CapitalCityTheatre.org
∗ Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.