GTA´s singing spellers shine and opine in SPELLING BEE

“Can you spell ´irresistible?´ Spelling Bee is riotously funny and remarkably ingenious,” says the New York Times. The Gainesville Theatre Alliance´s hilarious musical celebrates six adolescent outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. The show runs February 17 through 25.

Atlanta actor/director Alan Kilpatrick will guest direct GTA´s production of Spelling Bee. GTA audiences saw him most recently as the foppish Foigard in The Beaux´ Stratagem in 2010; Kilpatrick also directed last season´s production of Steve Martin´s adaptation of The Underpants.

Spelling Bee will be performed in the intimate, 200-seat Ed Cabell Theatre on the Gainesville State College campus, a three-quarter thrust stage with audience on three sides. There will be a free opening night reception following the show, which has no intermission. The show is rated PG-13 for suggestive language.

All tickets for this event are $12. Patrons can select their own seats on the website at or purchase tickets through the GTA Box Office from 10am to 4pm weekdays at 678-717-3624. MasterCard, Visa and Discover are accepted. There is an automatic discount of 20% for groups of 12 or more and patrons purchasing tickets to Spelling Bee and one additional show on the 2011-12 season receive a package discount. ADA is seating available through the Box Office only.  Monday,

December 19, 2011