Good times and bad times,
we’ve seen it all and my dear,
we’re still here!” … FOLLIES by Sondheim
WE’RE STILL HERE! The Drama Group is very pleased to be celebrating and kicking off our 91st season with a rollicking comedy, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE directed by Tyler McMahon.
Show times for SPELLING BEE are 7:30pm beginning Friday, September 30, October 1, 6, 7 and 8; Sunday matinees at 2:00pm October 2 and 9.
The Drama Group, 330 202nd St, Chicago Heights, Illinois
The Drama Group now has a ticketing service! We are now using BookTix Ticketing and Livestreaming. All tickets are available by going to The Drama Group BookTix website www.dg.booktix.com, where you will be directed to set up your account with “The Drama Group-BookTix Box Office.”
Based on concerns regarding the current state of COVID-19, and out of concern for the health and safety of our theatre audiences, members, staff, and actors, the Board voted unanimously to adopt the following policy;
Audience members will not be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test. While in the building, everyone will be required to wear a mask. All staff and cast members will need to show proof of vaccination.
SYNOPSIS – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
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 lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to 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.
As part of The Drama Group’s ongoing Community Outreach programs, we are inviting the cast, patrons, active members and audience to donate school supplies, art supplies, age appropriate which will be delivered to the Chicago Heights Middle School after the run of the performances. Boxes will be set up in the lobby of the Drama Group Studio building during “Hell Week” and all the performances. Donations can be dropped off in the evenings of September 25 through October 8.
The Drama Group is pleased to be a member of Southland Arts with 26 local arts organization. See details at www.southlandarts.org.
“A Bridge to a Colorful Joyful World.”
The Drama Group acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Olive - Angel Mirkov, Bradley, IL
Marcy Park - Megan James, Highland, IN
Rona Lisa Perretti - Kate Wiersama, Homewood, IL
Dan Dad / Jesus - Ethan Sheeley, Schererville, IN
Carl Dad / Olive’s Dad - Michael Behrens, Rochester, IN
William Barfee - Will Knox, Flossmoor, IL
Leaf Coneybear - Joe Gomez, Palos Park, IL
Logainne Schwartandgrubbenniere - Hailie Lee Zipper, Oak Lawn, IL
VP Panch - Jason Hess, New Lenox, IL
Michelle “Mitch” Mahoney & Olive’s Mom - Arielle Ware , Orland Hills, IL
Director / Scenic design - Tyler McMahon, Bradley, IL
Assistant Director / Hair & Make Up - Regina A Gadotti, Chicago Heights, IL
Musical Director - Roland Hatcher, Orland Park, IL
Choreographer - Thomas McMahon, Bradley, IL
Set Design & Construction - Michael J Renzi, New Lenox, IL
Paint Chair - Barbara Whitney, Richton Park, IL
Light design - Jennifer Larkin, New Lenox, IL
Sound - Steven Lopez, Chicago, IL
Props / Décor - Regina Tyler & Cast
Costumes - Mary Ellen Fawk, Chicago Heights, IL
Stage Manager - Andy Leahy, Chicago Heights, IL
Production Manager - Rose Crockett, Chicago Heights, IL
Social Media / Instagram - Meghan Hoyt, Flossmoor, IL
Publicity - Diane Kaffka, Tinley Park, IL
Cast interviews - Anaya McCoy, Homewood, IL
Marketing / Publicity - Tina Zagone, Olympia Fields, IL