May 18, 2023

Juliette Machado

BAAY Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on June 2-4 and 9-11. Affectionately known as, “Spelling Bee,” this Tony Award winning Broadway musical tells the story of an eclectic group of six tweens hoping to win the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, they spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

Spelling Bee will feature BAAY students ages 13-17. The first weekend of performances on June 2-4 will be held at the New Prospect Theatre. The following weekend on June 9-11 will be held at the BAAY Theatre. Tickets and more information at

Performances at the New Prospect Theatre (207 Prospect St) 

Friday, June 2 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 3 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, June 4 at 2:00 PM

Performances at the BAAY Theatre (1059 N State St)

Friday, June 9 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 10 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, June 11 at 2:00 PM

Tickets: $12 at the door or in advance at

About BAAY: Founded in 2006, Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching children’s lives through the exploration of the arts. We believe that the arts are a basic and essential component of all children’s education. We serve approximately 1400 children ages 4-17 annually in our EduArts and Theatre programs, and provide over $20,000 a year in annual tuition waivers to remove financial barriers to participation. Learn how you can support the sustainability of this work at

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