The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music and Lyrics by William Finn. Book by Rachel Sheinkin. Conceived by Rebecca Feldman. Additional Material by Jay Reiss.

“Can you spell irresistable? Drat! I mean, irresistible?
That’s precisely the word for the lovably inconsequential, entirely adorable new musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”—The New York Times

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7:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday Evenings
8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday Evenings
2:00 p.m. Saturday Matinees

Cast Bios

 AArcherAUSTIN ARCHER (Leaf Coneybear) returns to the PTC stage after being seen last season as “Louden Downey” in A Few Good Men, and in the ensemble ofMuch Ado About Nothing. Most recently he made his fifth appearance in Saturday’s Voyeur at The Salt Lake Acting Company. He is so grateful for the opportunity to play this dream role! Thanks to friends and family for your invaluable support.

MARY FANNING DRIGGS* (Rona Lisa Perretti) is thrilled to return to PTC. Ms. Driggs has appeared in several PTC productions, including Les Misérables,Sunset Boulevard, White Christmas, 42nd Street, Les Misérables, The Producers, My Fair Lady, Disneys Beauty and the Beast and Smokey Joe’s Café. Originally from Texas, Mary holds a B.F.A. from Brigham Young University. Her favorite local and regional credits include Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, The Narrator in Joseph…, Winnifred inOnce Upon a Mattress, Charity in Sweet Charity, Lizzie in Baby, and Alonso in The Tempest (directed by Tony Kushner). Mary maintains a private vocal studio and teaches workshops specializing in pop-belt techniques. A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, Mary and husband David are the parents of six remarkable children (and two beautiful in-laws).

EGrovesELISE GROVES (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre) is thrilled to be back again on the PTC stage as she was last seen here, far too long ago, in Sunset Boulevard. She is proud to be a local of beautiful Salt Lake City and when not performing, she is found teaching children’s music classes. Favorite credits include: June in Gypsy! (Dark Horse Theatre Co.), Meg in Brigadoon (Hale Centre Theatre), Frenchy in Grease(Jackson Hole Playhouse), Bree in A Night with the Family (Pygmalion Theatre Company), and Dell inCourse 86B in the Catalogue (Salt Lake Acting Co.). I would like to dedicate this performance to all teachers and educators (including my mom). Without their influence and inspiration I would not be who and where I am today.

JACOB HOFFMAN* (Chip Tolentino) is thrilled to return to Utah, having previously appeared in Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical and Twelfth Night during the Utah Shakespearean Festival’s 2007 season. New York credits: Elegies: A Song Cycle, I’ll Be Damned(Vineyard Theatre; TINA Nomination – Best Actor, Off-B’way Musical), Bless You All! (Connelly Theatre),Scary Musical: The Musical (York Theatre Company),Makeover (New Dramatists), Strike Up the Band(Theatre Row), Nighttime Traffic; Legacy Falls(NYMF), Madam Fury’s Traveling Show (45th St. Theatre), And a Wake-Up (NYFringe), Betty’s Summer Vacation (Bay Street Theatre). Chicago: The Secret Garden (Jeff Nomination), Parade (Chicago Premiere),Arcadia (Remy Bumppo), Falsettos (Chicago Premiere). Proud AEA member, NYU/Tisch grad.  Thanks to Avalon, and, as always, Mary Beth.

EPinnickERICK PINNICK* (Mitch Mahoney) is excited to return to Pioneer Theatre Company after appearing as Ulysses in Paint Your Wagon and No Moe in Five Guys Named Moe. He has appeared on Broadway in A Christmas Carol, Off-Broadway in Roundabout’s The Tin Pan Alley Rag and has toured nationally withSunset Boulevard starring Petula Clark. He starred as Curtis in the Barrymore-nominated production ofDreamgirls at the Prince Theatre. Favorite roles include Henry in Race, Jake in Side Show, Tin Man inThe Wiz, Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Valentin in Kiss of the Spiderwoman. Recordings: Follies(Papermill Playhouse Cast), “Lost Broadway,” the songs of Jerome Kern. Mr. Pinnick is a graduate of James Madison University and proud member of Actors Equity Association.
KSparksKENDAL SPARKS* (William Barfèe) is E-C-S-T-A-T-I-C to be making his PTC Debut! New York: Where’s Charley? (City Center Encores!), Tenderloin(York), Charles Busch’s Judith of Bethulia, andBunnicula (TheatreworksUSA). Regional: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Old Globe/Hartford Stage), Disney’s Aladdin, The Producers, Les Misérables, Hello, Dolly!, The Pajama Game, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver!, Jesus Christ Superstar and Mame (MUNY). B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. Teaching artist with Artists Striving to End Poverty, and Associate Director of Class Act Performing Arts Studio in South Orange, NJ.
JTalbottJEFF TALBOTT* (Douglas Panch) previously appeared at PTC in The Odd Couple (Felix) and Doubt(Father Flynn).  Broadway:  Sly Fox, Fortune’s Fool.  Off-Broadway:  Such Good Friends, Home of the Brave.  Regionally, recent roles:  A Christmas Story(Ralph), Race (Jack), circle mirror transformation(Schultz), and Frost/Nixon (David Frost), among many others.  Film and television:  Julie & Julia, The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black, Boardwalk Empire,The Sopranos, all three Law & Order’s, One Life to Live, and As the World Turns.  As a writer, his award-winning play The Submission appeared off-Broadway starring Jonathan Groff; last season his play A Public Education was featured in PTC’s Play-By-Play Festival and he is working on a musical with composer Will Van Dyke. Jeff is a member of TACT and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
 STyoSHANNON TYO* (Marcy Park) is so happy to be back at Pioneer! She was first here playing Kim in Miss Saigon many suns and moon ago. Regional credits: Kim in Miss Saigon (Music Theatre of Wichita, Cape Fear Regional), Marcy in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. (Northern Stage, Tuacahn Center for Arts). Off-Broadway: Dear Edwina, Bikeman. TV: “30 Rock”. BFA Syracuse University. Love and thanks to Karen, PTC, Mom and Dad. For SBP.
EWaltonEMILY WALTON* (Olive Ostrovsky) is very excited to be making her PTC debut with this delightful show.  She is a New York-based actress whose credits include the Broadway companies of Peter and the Starcatcher and August: Osage County.  Off-Broadway: Eager to Lose (Ars Nova), The Shaggs: Philosophy of the WorldSaved (Playwrights Horizons), Cactus Flower (West Side Theatre) and The Deepest Play Ever (New Ohio Theatre).  Regional:Third (Two River Theater), The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Rep), The Wizard of Oz (Sacramento Music Circus), Sondheim on Sondheim (Great Lakes Theatre Festival), The Graduate (Cape Playhouse), and The Sound of Music(Pittsburgh CLO).  Emily is also a singer-songwriter; check her out at!  Thanks to WTG, family, friends, Drew and Karen!