HERE’S the buzz – the Tony Award-winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is coming to the Armadale District Hall this May.
Presented by Roleystone Theatre and directed by Stephen Carr, it follows a group of six mid-pubescents as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime.
While openly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their homes, they spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing and pout-inducing bell that signals a spelling mistake.
But there can only be one winner – five leave with a juice box.
“With the closure of the Roleystone Theatre building due to structural issues, I wanted to do a show that was fun and involved the audience,” Carr said.
“I want them to walk away, having had a good night and knowing our theatre group is still going strong and in good hands.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is meant to be set in a hall so, when the City of Armadale offered up the newly-renovated town hall, it became a perfect match.”
Involved in theatre for the past 20 years, Carr has worked at a plethora of theatres across the metropolitan area including the Crown, State and Regal Theatres.
He won the Finley Award for best director and best show for his production of Sweeney Todd in 2009 and is currently production coordinator at Curtin University’s Hayman Theatre.
“I get to teach and pass on my knowledge to the next batch of theatre professionals and have three of my current students in this latest show,” Carr said.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee relies on audience participation so choreographing a show with four new people each night does present a few challenges.
“We also have to dive back into our own childhood and remember what a large and scary world it was!”
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee plays at 7.30pm May 3, 4, 10 and 11; 2pm May 4 and 11 and 6pm May 5. Tickets are $25, $20 concession – book at www.roleystonetheatre.com.au.
The Armadale District Hall is on the corner of Jull Street and Church Avenue.
spellingbee1: Rory Cornelius, left, Max Gipson, Jarvys McQueen-Mason, Megan McDonald, Nicole George, at back, and Dylan Dorotich and Breanna Redhead, at front, are appearing in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
spellingbee2: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee features Rory Cornelius, left, Megan McDonald, Jarvys McQueen-Mason, Dylan Dorotich, Max Gipson, Breanna Redhead and Nicole George.
spellingbee3: Breanna Redhead is ready to feel the buzz in the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
spellingbee4: Breanna Redhead, left, Max Gipson and Dylan Dorotich put their word power to the test in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Roleystone Theatre is a not-for-profit community group managed entirely by volunteers including actors, musicians, directors, crew, make-up artists, committee etc.
Our home for the past 85 years has been the Roleystone Theatre in the picturesque Roleystone hills on the Brookton Highway (since 1933). Currently, the venue is closed due to structural issues. Prior to the unplanned closure of the building in 2018, the venue (originally constructed in 1922) offered a warm and cosy welcome to anyone interested in the arts.
The performances by the Roleystone Theatre Group are designed to please the most discerning of patrons, as well as first time visitors. The group presents approximately five shows per year, covering a wide variety of performance types.
The original theatre building is located on Brookton Highway opposite the Croyden Rd turnoff, however we will be utilising various venues around the City of Armadale while re-construction takes place.
History and facilities
Roleystone Theatre has a long tradition with its beginnings in the 1930s as the Roleystone Choral and Dramatic Society. In the 1970s, the group really took off when a collection of interested locals began putting on quality performances of plays and musicals. A name change, to Roleystone Theatre Inc., occurred not long after.
Roleystone Theatre currently produces, on average, five major shows every year and is well-known for the quality of its performers, sets and technical work.
The theatre building that has been our home for 85 years has undergone many alterations; however, the bulk of the auditorium is an art deco original and on the City of Armadale municipal Hhritage register.
We are glad to be renowned for our warm welcome and friendliness to newcomers.
P: 0417 257 421