Saturday, April 17, 2010

Message from Falcon's Eye

Folsom Lake College Department of Theatre Arts
Artistic Director David Harris
10 College Parkway
Folsom CA 95630

Tony Award-winning musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Folsom CA April 8, 2010

The Falcon’s Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College presents William Finn and Rebecca Sheinkin’s Tony award-winning musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to conclude our 2009/2010 performance series.

In the musical comedy, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 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.
This hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicles the experiences 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.

Showtimes for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee are April 30 through May 16, 2010, at 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday nights, and at 2:00pm on Sunday afternoons. There are special “student-night” performances on Saturday May 8 at 2:00 p.m. and Thursday May 13 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are 15 dollars for general admission and 10 dollars for students, seniors, SARTA and League members Student tickets on Thursday May 13 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday May 8 at 2:00 pm, tickets are 5 dollars FOR THESE PERFORMANCES ONLY. At this time, The Falcon’s Eye can only accept payment by cash or check. We cannot accept payment by credit card or ATM card. The Falcon’s Eye box office can accept reservations at any time by calling 916-608-6800.
Henry V will be performed at Oak Hills Church, 1100 Blue Ravine Road, in Folsom.

This performance contains some mature themes. Parental Guidance suggested for those under 13. Children under 8 years of age are NOT ADMITTED

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE started as a non-musical play entitled C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, done by the improvisational group “The Farm.” One of the performers in the play, Sarah Saltzberg, happened to be the nanny of the playwright Wendy Wasserstein (The Heidi Chronicles). Wasserstein was impressed by what she saw and suggested to friend William Finn (Falsettos) that he may be able to take the show to the next level. Finn, his former student Rachel Sheinkin, and C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E creator Rebecca Feldman worked together to turn the piece into a full-length musical.

“... it's the more private but enduring triumphs - the connection finally made with a member of the opposite sex, the discovery of previously unknown pockets of self-esteem - that are really being celebrated in "Spelling Bee," William Finn's score ... occasionally suggests a Saturday morning television cartoon set to music by Stephen Sondheim, that's not inappropriate. ... wistful songs provide a nice sprinkling of sugar to complement the sass in Rachel Sheinkin's zinger-filled book.”
-- Charles Isherwood, New York Times

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee QUICK FACTS
Director: David Harris
Producer: The Falcon’s Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College
Location: Oak Hills Church
1100 Blue Ravine Road in Folsom
Musical Director: Philip Angove
Choreographer: Debra Davis-Worth
Scene and Lighting Designer/Technical Director: Jonathan Williams
Costume Designer: Nancy Pipkin
Stage Manager: Alyse Vogel
Cast: Jenna Cedusky, Dilan Endsley, Katherine Folsom, Donte Mayer, Samia LaVirgne,
Kevin Meinz, Matthew Provencal, Tyler Robinson, Robert Salls, John Reilly Saunders, Rebecca Scolnick, and Zachary Whitehouse.


Performance Times/Prices April 30th through May 16th.
Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm/$15 gen admin, $10 students and seniors
Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm/$15 gen admin, $10 students and seniors.
Also: Saturday May 8 at 2:00 p.m. and Thursday May 13 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for these two performances only are all $5.00.

About us:
The mission of the Department of Theatre Arts at Folsom Lake College is to provide the people of the region with theatre that speaks to their lives and experiences and that challenges their expectations. We strive to enrich the community by providing performing arts opportunities for the people of the region as actors, designers, and technicians in a fully-supported educational environment.

In spring 2011, Folsom Lake College expects to welcome the community to our new multi-million dollar performing arts complex. It will house FLC’s visual and performing arts programs, and will be the home of The Falcon’s Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College.

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