Music & Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Conceived by Rebecca Feldman, Additional Material by Jay Reiss

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Our award-winning production of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is going on tour this August!

August 2-6, 2017 – Langley Playhouse (4307 200th Street, Langley) – TICKETS HERE

August 12 & 13, 2017 – Anvil Centre (777 Columbia Street, New Westminster) – TICKETS HERE

August 19, 2017 – Gabriola Island – TICKETS HERE

Original Production Details Below.

November 18th – December 10th, 2016

PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero Street

“Effortlessly endearing” – The New York Times

Winner of the TONY and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences with its effortless wit and humour. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of potentially made-up words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.


RYAN MOONEY (DIRECTOR): As the founder and artistic director for Fighting Chance Productions Ryan is a multi CTC and Ovation Award winning director. Select directing credits include CATSINTO THE WOODSSPRING AWAKENINGSWEENEY TODD, RENT and THE LARAMIE PROJECT for Fighting Chance, BOEING-BOEING, THE CRUCIBLE and NOISES OFF for the White Rock Players’ Club and FACING EAST at the Lyric Theatre in London, England. As an actor Ryan has recently been on stage in PARFUMERIE and LEND ME A TENOR (Metro Theatre), BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (White Rock Players’ Club – CTC Nomination) and A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Fighting Chance Productions – CTC Winner). In addition to THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Ryan will also be directing SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE for United Players.

AndrewCohenHeadshotANDREW COHEN (MUSIC DIRECTOR): Andy is T-H-R-I-L-L-E-D to be Music Directing Spelling Bee for FCP.  As an MD/Composer/Arranger, Andy’s credits include The Foursome (Gateway), The Dining Room (UBC), Gotta Sing Gotta Dance (JCC), and Firehall Arts Centre’s upcoming production of Circle Game, which he will also co-direct with his wife and FCP alumna, Anna Kuman. Other performance credits include: Berger in Hair (Mayfield Edmonton), Buddy in Elf the Musical (Chemainus), Judas in Godspell (Arts Club), Hunchback (Catalyst), Chicago (Mayfield Edmonton), Joseph (Stagewest), Hamelin (Axis).  Thanks for supporting live theatre.

ErinMichellERIN MICHELL (CHOREOGRAPHER): Erin Michell is thrilled to make her debut with Fighting Chance Productions this season. Erin has trained in various styles of dance for 18 years, and has been teaching and choreographing professionally for over 5 years. After graduating from the Canadian College of Performing Arts, she continued her training in Ireland under the direction of Sue Morrison in the Pochinko style of Clown (Clown Through Mask). Before settling in Vancouver, Erin toured across Canada with the Story Theatre Company, Aladdin and The Great Beanstalk Conspiracy, in the style of traditional storytelling and puppetry/ mask. Currently, Erin teaches Ballet, Tap, and Musical Theatre at the Stage New Westminster, and is looking forward to directing their Jr. Musical Theatre program for the 2016/2017 season. Enjoy the show!

ShelbySmallSHELBY BUSHELL (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR): Shelby Bushell is a 2014 double major graduate from UBC’s BFA program in Theatre Production and English Literature. Since graduation, she has been working in Vancouver’s theatre industry as a stage manager, tour coordinator, director and designer. Directing credits include Brave New Play Rites 2014 production of Plum and 2016’s Tripping with Trump as well as the UBC Players Club’s Centennial production of Divine Monster and the IGNITE Festival’s Decanting Rain. She is thrilled to be assistant directing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and to be a new member of the Fighting Chance team.

ZIGGY SCHUTZ (STAGE MANAGER): Ziggy has attended some bees in her life, although they’ve never been quite this fun. When not corralling young spellers, she spends her time writing, where she takes full advantage of programs like spell check. Some of her favourite credits include stage managing Facing East and assistant stage managing American Idiot and Dogfight (Semper Fi Collective)

SandyMargaretSANDY MARGARET (SET DESIGN): Sandy is delighted to be designing once again for FCP having done costuming on American Idiot this past summer. Sandy has a BFA from Emily Carr University and completed courses in Stagecraft at Douglas College. As emerging scenic designer, Sandy has worked at various institutions such as Arts Umbrella, Place des Arts, and was a set and costume designer at Tremors this past summer. Sandy presently works as a scenic artist at Great Northern Way Scene Shop.

MeliciaZainiMELICIA ZAINI (COSTUME DESIGN): Melicia Zaini is a freelance writer and costume designer from Indonesia. She is currently pursuing a BFA in theatre design and production in the University of British Columbia. Last summer, she designed the costumes for The Ballad of Robin Hood (Acne Prone Productions). She is also the fiction editor of The Murmur Journal ( When she’s not designing costumes or writing, she reads and dances as much as she can.

IanCroweIAN CROWE (LEAF CONEYBEAR): From Victoria, B.C. A graduate from the 3rd year Company C Program at The Canadian College of Performing Arts, Ian has always found a place in his heart for the arts. Ian recently moved to Vancouver and is thrilled to be in his first Fighting Chance Production, playing the lovable “Leaf Coneybear”. Ian hopes to continue creating a career singing, acting, and dancing in Vancouver and thanks everyone for supporting the Arts. Previous credits: Melchior (Spring Awakening), Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors), Finch (How to Succeed…), Wally Johnson (Rossland Gold Fever Follies), Vocal Soloist (Victoria Symphony), Father (Six Characters In Search Of An Author), Singer (Josh Groban Choir).

CharlieDeagonHeadshotCHARLIE DEAGON (WILLIAM BARFEE): Charlie is incredibly excited to be doing his first show with Fighting Chance Productions playing a character who shares his own personal level of maturity, a 12 year old! Charlie is a graduate of the Capilano University Musical Theatre program and has been doing shows in Vancouver since moving here from Calgary 4 years ago. Most recently Charlie was seen in Hair (Renegade) and Bonnie and Clyde playing Clyde (Play on Words). Other Vancouver credits; Neville in Secret Garden (Exit 22) and Ensemble in How to Succeed and Shrek (Theatre Under the Stars). Charlie wants to thank his friends and family for all of their constant support and love.

ashleekimASHLEE KIM (MARCY PARK): Ashlee is beyond thrilled to be making her Fighting Chance debut and also joining on as their graphic designer. After pursuing a career in graphic design out in England, she returned back home and started acting for commercials with Premiere Talent. She was last seen as Kendra in 13! The Musical (Awkward Stage). When she’s not designing ( or acting, she’s falling more in love with theatre and, of course, eating loads of frozen yogurt. Ashlee sends much love to her family, friends and the Spelling Bee team for encouraging her to always go after her D-R-E-A-M-S.

Thomas KingTHOMAS KING (MITCH MAHONEY): Born and raised in Regina, SK, Thomas King is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and a trained musician. He has worked from Victoria, BC to Toronto, ON as an accompanist, assistant music director, music director, composer, and arranger. Previous credits include Heathers: The Musical (Ram Sweeney/Bill Sweeney/Big Bud Dean/Principal Gowan), American Idiot (Theo), Fiddler On The Roof (Tevye), Grapes of Wrath (Pa Joad), Godspell (Jeffrey), Swept Off Our Feet (Barney Groves), No Sleep (Rob) and Footloose (Lyle).

Ryan LinoRYAN LINO (CHIP TOLENTINO): Ryan feels absolutely fortunate to be a part of his fourth musical with Fighting Chance in one of his dream roles! Most recently a part of Heathers: The Musical, he was also involved with Into the Woods and Jesus Christ Superstar, which garnered him a nomination for Best Male Newcomer in the 2016 Ovation Awards. Other credits include: 7 StoriesGet Smart, and Cannibal! The Musical (Awkward Stage). He is a graduate from the Motion Picture Arts program at Capilano University and is completing a Bachelor’s in Political Science at UBC. Sending lots of love and thanks to his family, friends, the man upstairs, and the entire FCP team! He hopes you have an “eximious”, “prestantious”, “supernacular” time!

unnamedKELLI OGMUNDSON (LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUBANAIRE): Kelli Ogmundson is thrilled to be performing in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She has a Diploma from Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Program, and a Masters in Sitting on the Couch and Petting Dogs. Since graduating Kelli has been performing regularly on both stage and screen however this is her first musical since The Rocky Horror Show (FCP) three years ago! She has performed in numerous comedy festivals across Canada including the Montreal Improv Festival and Edmonton’s Improvaganza. Recent Television credits include a guest star spot on Haters Back Off, the 200th musical episode of Supernatural, and Petunia Paleo on My Little Pony. This one is for the Fam and Wally!

JennSuratosJENNIFER SURATOS (RONA PERETTI): Jenn is an avid singer and performer, and has worked with many local companies including Gateway Theatre, Pacific Theatre, TUTS, and Applause. Recent favorites include Miss Sherman in Fame (Bring on Tomorrow Collective), Franny in Little Miss Glitz (Too Fly), and Sarah in Company (United Players). She has had the privilege of appearing in many past Fighting Chance shows, including Into the Woods, RentBare, and The Wiz. Jenn currently sits on the board for Delinquent Theatre, the Ovation Jury, FCP’s Artistic Advisory Committee, and TUTS’ Fundraising Committee. In sixth grade, Jenn won the spelling bee at her elementary school, which sparked a lifelong passion for reading and books. Her favourite moment of the bee was winning a spot in the regional round, where she was the last of five competitors. The word she misspelled was the following: gauge. She dedicates this and all performances to Dee and Pa. Enjoy the show!

SarahWaltersSARA WALTERS (OLIVE OSTROVSKY): This is Sara‘s first show with Fighting Chance and she is overjoyed to be playing the role of Olive!  Her recent credits include Ariel in The Little Mermaid (Theatre St. John’s) and Lulu in Twist and Shout: The British Invasion (Chemainus) as well as Belle, Cinderella, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty and a few other magical friends in the musical productions aboard Disney Cruiseline and at Hong Kong Disneyland.  In her spare time Sara sings with a vintage vocal trio called The Beauty Shop Dolls. She also performs as a Princess at children’s birthday parties in her very own company called The Enchanted Princess Kingdom (  Lots of love to her husband, Scott. xo



Production Photos Coming Soon




PAL Studio Theatre is located at 581 Cardero Street (Just off of Georgia Street).

There is pay parking on the street as well as a pay parking lot off of Bayshore Drive.

PAL Studio Theatre is easily accessible via transit – take any bus heading to North Vancouver or West Vancouver from Robson and Granville and there is a stop right at Cardero and Georgia.