Arts After Hours Spells S-U-C-C-E-S-S with Their First Full-scale Musical Production

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Arts After Hours will present the Tony-Award winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee June 10-19, 2011 at LynnArts on 25 Exchange Street. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for students/seniors.

For show times, ticket information, and directions please visit or call the box office at 781-205- 4010.

The show’s content is considered PG-13.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a musical comedy send-up of a grade school spelling bee championship, features six quirky “kids” and their three adult supervisors who learn that you don’t have to win to be a winner–or do you? To add a further dimension of humor to the already hilarious characters, the show features adults playing the kids’ roles. Spelling Bee creatively tackles a variety of growing pains, including peanut allergies, absentee parents and the overwhelming pressures put on kids to succeed.

After breaking box office records at Off – Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre, the show moved on to its Broadway home at Circle in the Square where it won two Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Featured Actor.

The Arts After Hours’ presentation of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will take place in LynnArts’ Neal Rantoul Black Box Theatre. Directed by Corey Jackson (, choreographed by Danielle Girard (SCI Lynn), music directed by Gina Naggar and produced by Jocelyn Almy-Testa (, Arts After Hours’ production will feature a four piece orchestra, full sets, lighting, and sound design. “We will be transforming the LynnArts Black Box into a school gymnasium,” says Set Designer Ryan DuBray. “The space is
so interesting. It’s been a fun challenge to fit our production into the incredible black box space at LynnArts.”

The award-winning ensemble cast features Sarah Belliveau (Peabody), Kevin Cirone (Woburn), Bobby Imperato (Saugus), Corey Jackson (Lynn), Sarah Jackson (Lynn), Shonna McEachern (Woburn), Michelle Merry (Revere), Nick Raponi (Peabody), and Todd Sandstrom (Newton). “Many of these actors have performed in professional and community theatre across the state,” says Corey Jackson. “We feel so fortunate to have attracted such talent to the North Shore for our inaugural production.”

Arts After Hours’ 2011 season will also feature a production of The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee. The addition of a theater season to AAH’s already robust programming fulfills an initial goal of the organization’s Managing Director Corey Jackson and Artistic Director Jocelyn Almy-Testa, and complements the city’s continued focus on creating a thriving Arts & Cultural District with LynnArts at its center. “Lynn was a hub for theatrical performances at one time, and we aim to reclaim this part of the city’s artistic heritage alongside Matthew Wood’s efforts
through the North Shore Community College’s performances,” says Almy-Testa.

The original Broadway production selected four volunteers from the audience to be guest spellers. In this production, local celebrities will take the stage and wow audience members with their spelling prowess. Guest spellers include The Honorable Mayor of Lynn – Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Brendan Crighton – Ward 5 Councillor, Lucy Dearborn – Owner of Lucia Lighting and Design, Inc., Mark DeJoie – Owner and Managing Partner of The Blue Ox & Executive Director of SPIN, Charles Gaeta – Executive Director of LHAND, Lowell Gray – President of, Susan Halter – Executive Director of LynnArts, Stephen Hanley – Owner of Turbine Wine Bar, Kate Luchini – Executive Director of The Lynn Museum & Historical Society, Matt O’Neil – Executive Chef of The Blue Ox, David J. Solimine, Jr. of Solimine, Landergan & Richardson Funeral Homes, and Chomps the Alligator – Mascot of the North Shore Navigators.

“I’m personally excited and honored to be a part of opening night, June 10th, for Arts After Hours first musical,” says Mayor of Lynn, Judith Flanagan Kennedy. “The arts scene in Downtown Lynn is continuing to grow and is producing very professional work. Why go into Boston when you can get a high-quality Broadway show right here in Downtown Lynn?”

Parking is available in the EDIC lot on Spring Street behind Sovereign Bank as well as on many nearby streets and the MBTA garage on Union Street. Commuter rail and MBTA bus terminal in
Central Square is one block from the theatre. For directions to the LynnArts facility, please see

The Neal Rantoul Black Box theater is handicapped accessible with a ramp entrance and elevator at the back of the building. Please call ahead for assistance and back entry admittance.

For more information, the public can contact Arts After Hours by emailing or by calling our Box Office at 781-205-4010.

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Suzanne Ryan

Looking forward to this performance !