The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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The25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a long one-act 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 show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups.

Vice Principal Douglas Panch[edit]

  • Mexican: 1)Noun A person or something hailing from or related to the Country of Mexico

2)Slang An American term denoting anyone from Puerto Rico, Guam, Cuba, El Salvador, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, South America, or Spain.

Leaf ConeyBear[edit]

  • It seems strange that all my words are South American Rodents!

Dialogue[edit]

Panch: Your word is: hào.

Effeminate Audience speller: Can I please have the definition?

Panch: "A vietnamese unit of currency, equal to 1/10 of a dong."

Effeminate Audience speller: May I have it in a sentence?

Panch: "Holding his 10-hào paycheck over his head, Mingli proclaimed ,'With my dong, I will feed my Family!'"

EAS:h-à-o. hào.

P: Correct!

Rona:In all these years, he is the first one to get that word right!

Panch: I guess he really loves dongs!