The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

September 2nd through 24th

Playing at Three Brothers Theatre, 221 N. Genesee St, Waukegan, Illinois (map)

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

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has delighted audiences since its premiere in 2005. Six tweens attend the greatest Spelling Bee for the chance to attain regional glory!  In between spelling some of the most difficult words in the dictionary, they share some of the most touching and funny stories about their home lives and families.  But you’d better brush up on your spelling because you might be invited up to participate with the cast! This musical will have you laughing, spelling, and singing all the way home.

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Rated PG

Review from ChicagoOnStage.com, “Three Brothers Theatre’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is spelled E-N-J-O-Y-A-B-L-E

Tickets Now Available!

$20 General Admission
$15 Seniors/Military/Students


Sept 2nd through 24th
7:30 pm
Fridays and Saturdays


Three Brothers Theatre

221 N Genesee Street
Waukegan, IL 60085

Ample street parking is free after 5 pm.

Cast Bios

Mark BrackenMark Bracken (William Barfee) was last seen on stage at the Genesee Theatre in Three Brothers’ production of Guys On Ice. Previous credits include Willie Conklin – Ragtime, David – Company, Maximillian -Candide, and many others. Mark serves as the Director of Production at ChiArts. He is excited to be back on stage revisiting this role. Thanks to 3 bros, and the entire cast/prod team for the chance to let him be a goofball a few nights a week. Love to Abe and Huck.




Hector CruzHector Cruz (Mitch Mahoney) has recently returned to Chicago after 20+ yrs. Encouraged to join this production he is honored and extremely humbled to join this amazingly talented cast.






Beck DamronBeck Damron (Leaf Coneybear) is a Chicago based actor. He studied acting at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Previous credits: The Tempest (Goodly Creatures Theatre), The Book of Will (Edge of the Wood), Christmas Karol: a Holiday Intervention Cabaret (PrideArts), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Dunes Summer Theatre) and many shows with the Chicago Kids Company. Find out more at Beckdamron.com.




Hannah DescartinHannah Descartin (Marcy Park) is a Chicago-based actor and vocal instructor from Houston, TX, and a graduate of Oklahoma City University. Previous credits: The One (The Den Theatre), Christmas Mubarak (Silk Road Rising), South Pacific (Oklahoma CityRep, Jewel Box Theatre). Thank you to Hannah’s friends and family for their support, Max for his love and encouragement, and Three Brothers Theatre for giving her inner child a space to play again. #tornados



Eric FreitasEric Freitas (Chip Tolentino) is thrilled to be returning to Putnam County, and even more excited to make his Three Brothers debut with such an exciting cast! A graduate of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Eric worked with PICT Classic Theatre in their production of Romeo & Juliet, as well as performing at the Kennedy Center to debut a new musical. Eric’s favorite credits include Sweet Charity, Hair, Spelling Bee, Avenue Q and The Drowsy Chaperone. Many thanks to Mom, Dad, and Kayla for their endless love and support.



Zach KundeZach Kunde (Douglas Panch) is making his 3 Brothers debut! Zach wishes to thank his dog, Winston, and his wife; in that order. 15 year national tour member (Johnny, Barry, male swing-Tony n Tina’s Wedding) Recent credits include Godot in Waiting For Godot, Protopopov in Three Sisters. Thank you to friends & family for constant support and DBC for literally everything.




Julie Burt NicholsJulie Burt Nichols (Rona Lisa Peretti) is thrilled to return to the stage with Three Brothers after an 11-year hiatus from acting. Favorite credits: I Love You, You’re Perfect… & A Christmas Carol (Metropolis), Dr. Sex & Parade (Bailiwick), Pride & Prejudice (Northlight), Robber Bridegroom (Griffin). Love to Mom, Dad, Mike, and her 9-year-old twins Desi & Alec for putting up with her pandemonium.




Rae RobesonRae Robeson (Olive Ostrovsky) is e-c-s-t-a-t-i-c ecstatic to be at the Bee! She would like to especially thank her bulldog, Winston, and her husband, Zach, in that order. Some previous credits include Urinetown (Hope Cladwell), Sister Act (Mary Robert), The Fantasticks (Luisa), Legally Blonde (Margot), American Idiot (Alysha), and Sweet Charity (Rosie). Love to friends and family!




Emily TurnerEmily Turner (Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre) is thrilled to be revisiting one of her favorite roles. From Columbus, Ohio, she moved to the Windy City to pursue acting, as well as a career as a Sign Language Interpreter. Past credits include YOU ARE HAPPY (Bridget), 25TH… SPELLING BEE (Logainne), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Maria), SPRING AWAKENING (Martha), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Audrey), and THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (Shy). Special thanks and love to my husband for his endless support of all my endeavors.