The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
by Georgetown Palace Theatre

Jun. 01 - Jun. 24, 2018





The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee centers on an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.  Six spellers enter, but only one speller remains to the end!

Palace Artistic Director Mary Ellen Butler calls this “a zany look at the growing up process” that is not recommended for children or even young teens.  It is recommended, in fact, that parents Google the show and read for content indicators.  

Lannie Hilboldt, Director (he also plays Bass in the band), is joined by Courtney Wissinger Eiland as Choreographer; Jonathan Borden as Conductor/Music Director/Pianist; Austin Kimble, Keys II; Paul Baker, Woodwinds; and Rob Fedson, Percussion.  Outstanding actors – many of them familiar to Palace audiences – bring the characters of this production to life!  Wendy Zavaleta, David Sray, Buddy Novak, Martha Hurley, Erik Freisinger, and Katya Welch are longstanding friends of the Palace; whereas William Gilbert, Jordan Marett, Daniel Ponce, and Emma Thoeni are new to the Palace world of theatre!  


Get ready for some fun as the six characters in this play – six awkward spelling champions – learn that winning (and losing) isn't everything.  Winner of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor.  

Music and Lyrics by William Finn 
Book by Rachel Sheinkin 
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman 

Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical

Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical


This show contains Adult Language, Humor, and Situations. 

Not recommended for children.




The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin
Georgetown Palace Theatre

June 01 - June 24, 2018
Georgetown Palace Theatre
810 South Austin Avenue
Georgetown, TX, 78626

Get tickets for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at or by calling 512-869-7469.  On the Springer Main Stage at Georgetown’s Historic Palace Theatre from June 1 to June 24, 2018 (four weekends).

Ticket Prices*:

*Standard and Premium Flex Passes can be used for this show.

Seniors (55+) / Military / Students-$29 
Children (13 & younger) $15 (This production is Not Recommended for Children)

*$1 ticketing fee will be added per ticket at checkout.

**Student Rush Tickets $18 at the door with student ID.

​For Special Needs Seating: (Wheelchairs, Walkers, No Stairs, etc.) you must call the Box Office for reservations at (512) 869-7469.

​Group rates are available for 20 or more.  The Palace seats about 295, with reserved seating paid for in the ticket price.  The Palace office in the lobby of the theatre is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (except for some holiday dates).  Purchase tickets and select seating online at or by calling 512-869-7469.  (Please call ahead regarding special needs seating.)  Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express are accepted.  

The Historic Palace Theatre is located at 810 South Austin Avenue in downtown Georgetown and is part of the most beautiful Town Square in Texas!