April 2, 2012

Owens Fine and Performing Arts Department and Students Present ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,’ April 13-15 and 20-22

Student Theatre Production - "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

Owens students (L to R) Andy Sweney of Perrysburg (playing Coneybear) and Amber Breault-Albain of Toledo (playing Olive) attempt to get their hands on the spelling bee championship in the theatrical student production "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee".

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The hilarious tale of a spelling bee championship event will serve as the theatrical focus in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts’ Mainstage Theatre as Owens Community College presents the student production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” April 13-15 and 20-22.

The first of several performances will occur at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13 in the College’s Mainstage Theatre. Owens’ Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

“Owens Community College is excited to present such an extremely well-known theatrical production, featuring the talents of both students and community members,” said Jeremy Meier, Owens Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts. “Theatergoers will certainly enjoy the storyline of six awkward teenagers striving to win a spelling bee, which is full of many surprises and an unexpected ending.”

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” tells the comedic story of six adolescent children all vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. During the Tony Award-winning production, the cast of young people discover that winning isn’t everything and that losing a spelling bee doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

The cast is comprised of students from Owens, as well as community members, and the theatrical production is directed by Owens Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts Jeremy Meier. Owens student Diane Schroeder of Sylvania will hold the position of stage manager, while Andrew Oberski of Toledo, Kristen Keller of Toledo and Mallory Myers of Whitehouse will serve as assistant stage managers.

Students involved in the production as cast members include Nick Gallagher of Genoa, Elizabeth Williamson of Perrysburg, Emily Pheils of Rossford, Andy Sweney of Perrysburg, John Toth of Toledo, Alisha Bond of Bowling Green, Joshua Smith of Toledo, Tim Mitchell of Oregon, Ryan Nijakowski of Bowling Green and Silvester Rodriguez IV of Archbold. Community members Gabi Shook of Monclova and Amber Breault-Albain of Toledo are also participating in the production as cast members.

The student production will be performed April 13-14 and 20-21at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances will also occur April 15 and 22 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for the general public and $8 for Owens students and employees. All seats are general admission. To purchase tickets, visit www.owens.edu or contact the College’s Box Office. For more information, call the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2787.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.