June 13, 14, 15, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.

University Theatre Center, Showcase Theatre

Welcome to the B-E-E:The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This delightful, Tony Award winning musical comedy follows six quirky spellers vying for a spot in the National Spelling Bee. All at once funny, silly, and touching, there’s even a chance for the audience to join in the fun. Every performance, four additional spellers are chosen from the audience, so the show is different every time.

MEET DIRECTOR Patrick Pearson:

Patrick Pearson Headshot Patrick Pearson holds his MFA in Directing from California State University, Fullerton and his BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University. At SHSU, he teaches directing and stage management. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), and served as the Director of Artistic Programming at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC from 2013-2018. Before that, he spent nine years working in California as a freelance director and adjunct professor at several schools. As a graduate student, he was recognized twice as a National Finalist in Directing through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Select directing credits include Caps for Sale (Off-Broadway: New Victory; National Tour; Adventure Theatre); Rooms: a Rock Romance (Chance Theatre - OVATION Nomination Best Director); The City Of… (Capital Fringe at Arena Stage); The Trouble with Words (Coeurage Theatre); A New Brain (El Portal Forum); Altar Boyz, Songs for an Unmade Bed (Celebration Theatre); The Diviners (Kennedy Center); West Side Story, Catch Me If You Can (Montgomery Summer Dinner Theatre); As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Old Globe SSI); Equus, A Prayer for Owen Meany (Young Theatre); Hansel and Gretel, Seussical (Little Theatre); Reefer Madness, Drowsy Chaperone (Burnight Theatre); Violet, A Piece of My Heart, I Love You Because (Grand Central Theatre).




Music Director, Jonathan Craft
Choreographer, Sarah Ripper
Costume Designer, George Curry
Scenic Designer, Nicholas Graves
Light Designer, Craig Brossman
Sound Designer, Cody Davis
Assistant Light Designer, Lexi Renfro


Company Manager, Penny Hasekoester
Technical Director, Craig Brossman
Stage Manager, Sarah Sturdevant
Orchestra Manager, Dr. Laura Avery
Costume Shop Supervisor, George Curry
Box Office Manager, James Shields
Theatre Manager, Katie Prior
Scenic Artist / Props Master, Charly Topper
Production Coordinator, Bill Thomas
Production Manager, Michael Larson