The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeMusic and Lyrics by William Finn; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Tony Award Winner. In this hilarious new musical comedy, six young people in the throes of puberty are overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves.
Together they learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser
Robin Lee Gallo*
Ashley Puckett Gonzales*
Sarah Jane Mellen
RACHEL CANTOR Though her orthodontist may not agree, Rachel is thrilled to be making her FST debut playing the littlest lisper at the Bee. Past credits include; Off Broadway: Stephen Schwartz’s Captain Louie, National tour: Les Miserables, Laura Ingalls Wilder… (Laura), Regional: Urinetown (Hope), Charlie Brown (Sally), Christmas Carol (Belle), NYC Readings: Cutman; A Boxing Musical, Empire, and Beauty Queen. Numerous national voice-overs, including Huggies and Walmart. Graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and The Boston Conservatory.
ROBIN LEE GALLO is delighted to be performing at Florida Studio Theatre. Broadway and National Tour: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Miss Saigon. Off-Broadway/NY: Kahn & Kant (Michelle Kwan), The Yellow Wood, Making Tracks, The Wedding Banquet, Make Cake Not War, Banjo Boys. Regional: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy), Miss Saigon (Kim), Tomfoolery, Children of Eden, A Chorus Line (Connie), Titanic. TV: Law & Order SVU, Romper Room. BFA: NYU/Tisch.
ASHLEY PUCKETT GONZALES NYC & National Tour: Annie 30th AnniversaryTour and Annie at Madison Square Garden (Lily St. Regis). Dance with Me (Lucille Ball). NYC New Musical Reading. Selected Regional credits include Cabaret (Emcee), Violet (Violet), Sunday in the Park with George (Dot/Marie), Grease (Frenchy), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Narrator), The Little Hours (Waltz/Midge). Ashley can be heard on Cartoon Network’s Case Closed (various roles) and Kodocha (Miss Mitsuya) and has been featured on Gunslinger Girls and Baki the Grappler.
STEPHEN HOPE performed on Broadway in the original productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Scarlet Pimpernel, Off-Broadway in Fairy Tales, Dames At Sea, and Ascension, and on regional stages across the country. FST audiences will recognize him from more than a dozen productions including The Exonerated, Ruthless!, European Cabaret and both Laughing Matters, Too and ‘09.
SARAH JANE MELLEN is making her FST debut! NY credits: Manhattan Children’s Theatre – Peter and the Wolf (Bird), Rikki Tikki Tavi (Darzee/Teddy). Regional credits: The Wiz (Dorothy), Bat Boy (Shelly), City of Angels (Mallory), Seussical (Mayzie La Bird). TV: MTV reality show Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods. Training: Circle in the Square Theatre School.
KAVIN PANMEECHAO recently toured with The Bee in the role of Chip. Recent regional credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ching Ho), Helly, Dolly! (Manny), Side Show (Fakir), Bye Bye Birdie (Harvey Johnson), and The King and I (Royal Dancer), as well as work for the Nuffield Theatre in Lancaster, United Kingdom. This is his FST debut!
ERICK PINNICK most recently appeared in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tin Pan Alley Rag. He has appeared on Broadway as Mr. Smythe in A Christmas Carol and has toured nationally with Sunset Boulevard starring Petula Clark. Past roles include Curtis in Dreamgirls in the Barrymore nominated production (Prince Theatre), Adrian in Smokey Joe’s Café (John Engeman Theatre), Ulysses in Paint Your Wagon (Pioneer Theatre), Daniel in Once on this Island (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Jake in Side Show (Gorilla Theatre), and Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (European Tour). Other productions include Baby and Follies (Papermill Playhouse, cast recording).
CHRISTOPHER TOTTEN FST debut! New York: The Black Dahlia, Unlock’d, Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, The Late Christopher Bean, I Can…Wholesale. National Tours: Annie, Cinderella. Regional: Unlock’d, The Dining Room, Oliver!, Godspell. Proud member of Actors Equity. www.christophertotten.com
BRUCE WARREN performed in Sarasota on the National Tour of The Wizard of Oz (Uncle Henry/Oz Guard/Nikko/Wizard & Cowardly Lion U/S) which played the Van Wezel this Spring. Other tours: 25th Anniversary North American Cats (Gus/Growl Tiger/Bustopher Jones), First National Oklahoma! (Jud & Ali Hakim U/S). Regional: Ragtime (Tateh), Singin’ in the Rain (Roscoe Dexter), The Sound of Music (Max Detweiler), Chicago (Mary Sunshine), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Gad/Baker), Songs for a New World (Man 2). www.BruceWarrenOnline.com
Director | Richard Hopkins
Music Director | Corinne Aquilina
Choreographer | Stephen Hope
Costume Designer | Marcella Beckwith
Lighting Designer | Micheal Foster
Scenic Designer | Nayna Ramey
Sound Designer | Eric Stahlhammer
Production Stage Manager | Kelli Karen*
* Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.