Stepping Out

'Bee' lands in Los Altos

Courtesy of LAYT
The cast of Los Altos Youth Theatre’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” includes, clockwise from top, Peter Owens, Audrey Rechenmacher, Ash Prodromou, Elizabeth Wang, Rose Madsen and Nik Higginbottom.

Los Altos Youth Theatre’s summer musical production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” opened last weekend and is slated to run through Aug. 4 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The comedy tells the story of school-aged overachievers – including their hopes, dreams and angst as they compete for a slot in the National Spelling Bee.

Overseen by adults still stuck in adolescence, an eclectic group of young students arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee eager to win for widely different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee; bold and hyperallergic speller William Barfee uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip struggles with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her gay dads.

Based on the book by Rachel Sheinkin, the play has won Tony and Drama Desk awards and features a score by William Finn.

Dave Leon directs the Los Altos Youth Theatre production, supported by Kristen Pearson (music direction) and Mylissa Malley (choreography). The cast includes youth and adult actors from Los Altos and surrounding communities. The cast comprises Marco Casillas, Libby Cox, Megan Diaz, Katy Denebeim, Oliva Haumann, Logan Kim, Lauren Krieger, Rohan Kumar, Rose Madsen, Emma Mell, Peter Owens, Chris Piscitelli, Ash Prodromou, Tessa Prodromou, Raegena Raymond, Audry Rechenmacher, May Robinson and Elizabeth Wang.

Performances are scheduled 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $15-$20.

For tickets and more information, call 941-0551 or visit

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