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Long Beach Landmark Theatre Company is proud to announce its Spring Production

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music & Lyrics By

William Finn

Book By

Rachel Sheinkin

Conceived By

Rebecca Feldman

May 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19

Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm | Sundays @ 7pm

First Congregational Church of Long Beach
241 Cedar Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

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Experience the joys and heartbreaks of bare-knuckled competition as an eclectic group of determined entrants vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing “ding” that signals a spelling mistake. As each contestant steps to the microphone to confront increasingly difficult words, they candidly disclose hilarious and touching anecdotes from their home lives.  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is fast-paced, slightly irreverent and touching, with a fresh and vibrant score.  Winner of the Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Book, this show has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. You won’t want to miss this U-N-F-O-R-G-E-T-T-A-B-L-E evening of pure fun.

Community and Civic Leaders Take the Stage… to Spell!

Long Beach Landmark Theatre Company is proud to announce that multiple community and civic leaders will be taking the stage as competitive spellers in the upcoming 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, opening May 10.  

The production is a hilariously irreverent affair as a quirky group of pre-teen spellers (portrayed by adult actors) vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime.  As each contestant steps to the microphone, they open their hearts – in sometimes hilarious and often touching stories of life as a 12-year-old.  

It’s an unpredictable evening, as some members of the audience just might find themselves a part of the craziness on the spelling bee stage.  And Landmark is proud to announce that our line-up of guest spellers includes such notable Long Beach community and civic leaders as: community activist Justin Rudd, 3rd District Councilwoman Suzie Price, and Director of Economic Development John Keisler.  Each performance will feature at least one different surprise guest – it’s an evening not to be missed.

Performance Location

Join us in one of the most elegant performance venues in Southern California – the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church of Long Beach.

Know Before You go

The show venue is located in the heart of downtown Long Beach at 241 Cedar Ave – at the corner of 3rd and Cedar. 

There is some construction going on in the vicinity of the venue, so please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before curtain in order to park and get yourself situated without rushing.


$8 flat-fee parking is available at the LB Civic Center parking structure located at 332 W. Broadway.  Street parking in the area is free of charge after 6:00 PM.

Pre-Show in the Courtyard

The beautiful courtyard at First Congregational will be open one-hour prior to each performance.  Join us for a glass of wine or a light snack prior to the show!

Nearby Dining

There are a number of fine restaurants and bars within steps of the venue in case you want to enjoy a pre or post show meal or drink.