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    Moorpark College Theatre Arts Offers Complimentary Admittance To “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

    Moorpark, Calif.  – The Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department is excited to offer admission at no cost to its summer production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” The play runs July 22 through Aug. 8 with Thursday through Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. This Tony Award-winning musical is a “Moving Forward Together” event as the college welcomes back students, faculty, staff and the community to the Moorpark College campus.

    “Our theatre arts students are excited to be performing before a live audience again,” said John Loprieno, director and theatre arts faculty member. “We couldn’t think of a better way to welcome everyone back to campus than by offering free performances. Best of all, we have familiar faces from years past, as well as many newcomers to the theatre arts program and Moorpark College performing in this production. With the Exotic Animal Training Management/America’s Teaching Zoo open and live, in-person theatre returning, it’s wonderful to see so many people from the community coming back to enjoy the Moorpark College campus.”

    “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show’s creative team has developed the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.

    The original production was conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book written by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss.

    “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” performances will be in the Studio Theatre of the Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. While some of the language may not be appropriate for young children, this upbeat musical romp promises fun for the entire family. 

    Tickets are free to anyone interested, but seating is limited. Reservations must be made through the Moorpark College Performing Arts Center Box Office at (805) 378-1485 or online at   

    For additional information regarding “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” or the Moorpark College Theatre Arts program, contact Loprieno at (805) 378-1469 or at [email protected] 

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