Poster for Vance-Granville presents "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a musical comedy, will be the college’s sixth annual Dinner Theater.

The event, once again involving the collaboration of the VGCC Drama and Culinary Arts departments, is scheduled for the evenings of Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27, in the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. each evening.

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a vibrant score by William Finn, this “bee” is one unforgettable experience.

The comedy premiered on Broadway in 2005 to critical acclaim. Its action centers on an eclectic group of six schoolchildren who are vying to win the coveted spelling bee championship. The tweens candidly disclose hilarious, and often touching, stories from their home lives while spelling their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.

Betsy Henderson, VGCC’s Department Chair/Instructor of Humanities and Fine Arts, is the director of the play.

In the cast are veteran regional actors Brian Westbrook of Durham, who is serving as guest musical director and choreographer while also playing the role of Comfort Counselor Mitch Mahoney; Andy Dickerson of Henderson, portraying Chip Tolentino; and Peyton Grissom of Oxford, who will portray Rona Lisa Peretti. Among the students in the cast from VGCC, some of them dually enrolled at Vance County Early College High School (VCECHS), are sisters Allison Hines, a “super senior” at VCECHS, and Samantha Hines, a junior at VCECHS, playing, respectively, Leaf Coneybear and Olive Ostrovsky; Brittney Patterson, portraying Logainne SchwartzandGrubeniere, in her last year at VCECHS; and VGCC students Nick Kurtz, who plays William Barfee; Blake Lee, portraying Vice Principal Douglas Panch; and Evan O’Geary, playing March Park. For more details on the cast, click here:

Tickets are $30, and may be purchased through Eventbrite (links below). You will be able to choose the table and specific seats you want, at the same time that you buy your tickets online. Get your tickets early!


Mixed green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette and Housemade Croutons

Meatloaf with Red Wine Gravy
Twice Baked Potatoes
Peas and Carrot Mix with Tarragon Butter

Chicken Pot Pie with Crumbled Biscuit Topping

*Vegetarian Option- Veggie Pot Pie with Crumbled Biscuit Topping

Placed Tray of Desserts:
Milk and Cookies Shot Glass
Banana Pudding Cups
Decadent Chocolate Cake Slice

April 26:

Smoke on the Mountain

April 27:

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