ARCC announces cast for spelling bee comedy

By Elyse Kaner
Staff Writer

Anoka-Ramsey Community College theater and music departments have released the cast list of their upcoming musical comedy, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

Scott Ford directs the uproarious musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. The show opens in February. Photo submitted

The nine-member cast includes area thespians.

They are Jarome Smith, a Blaine High School graduate, in the role of Chip Tolentino; Autumn Sisson, Anoka High School graduate in the role of Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere; Nykeigh Larson, an Andover High School alum who plays Olive Ostrovsky; and Jennifer Inderlee, a St. Francis High School grad, in the role of Rona Lisa Perretti.

Scott Ford directs this lively and interactive show.

“It’s one of the funniest musicals that’s come out in recent memory,” Ford said in an interview.

The comedy features six oddball but endearing students vying for the title in the big county spelling showdown. Their coping mechanisms to stay in the game are, shall we say, a bit out there. Before spewing his final answer, contestant William Barfee silently traces the letters of the word lugubrious, for example, in dance-like fashion on the floor with one foot.

“It’s one joke after another,” Ford said.

Based on a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss, the 90-minute spelling bee show was conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn.

Performances are Feb. 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. Feb. 4 is alumni night and Feb. 11 is an interpreted performance. Tickets $8. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the school’s book store or at the door one hour in advance of the performance. They may also be purchased at For more information, visit

Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]

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