The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2015)


For over 20 years, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Manitoba Bar Association have worked together to raise funds by showcasing members of the MBA in a community play.  Each year, a cast made up entirely of volunteer lawyers, law students, judges and/or professors take time away from their work and family commitments to perfect their song and dance and share their talent in a spectacular show.  This year’s production, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, was no exception.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The Broadway production centers on a fictional spelling bee set in Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. 

On behalf of the Manitoba Bar Association, I would like to thank the cast and crew for their generous contribution of time and effort.  It is their involvement which makes the RMTC/MBA joint production such a success.  To date, the MBA has raised almost $940,000 for RMTC through the Lawyers Play.  These funds represent the strong support the community provides for these productions.

I would also like to thank the Director, Heidi Malazdrewich, the Executive Producer, Chuck McEwen, the Lawyers Play Committee Members, and the staff of the RMTC for their passion and dedication which are instrumental in making this event such a rewarding and successful partnership.  I would also like to thank the play and reception sponsors.  Finally, I would like to thank all of those who purchased tickets and attended the production, in support of both the MBA and the RMTC.  Thank you.

Sofia Mirza
President, Manitoba Bar Association

The Cast

  • Kristine Barr, Chorus
  • Katherine Basarab, Chorus
  • Andrea Bellhouse, Olive
  • Adrian Frost, Mitch Mahoney
  • Danny Gunn, Barfee
  • John Harvie, Panch
  • Melissa Hazelton, Chorus
  • Reannah Hocken, Marcy
  • Kael McKenzie, Dan Dad/Jesus/Chorus
  • Jim McLandress, Carl Dad/Chorus
  • Marika Nerbas, Chorus
  • Sandi Phillips, Chorus
  • Meghan Riley, Logainne
  • Jaime Rosin, Chorus
  • Darcia Senft, Rona/Olive’s Mom
  • Richard Smith, Leaf Coneybear/ Olive’s Dad
  • Neil Steen, Chip