About Next Stage
Next Stage is Craterian Performances’ adult acting company. Its mission is to explore, expand, and exalt the human spirit, and to engage, entertain and inspire audiences.
In order to fit within the Craterian’s busy event calendar, Next Stage produces small cast productions that tell great stories in simple settings. The company is also committed to making professional theater as accessible as possible for the entire community.
Spring of 2019, Craterian Performances’ Next Stage will produce the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. How do you spell “uproarious”? This Tony Award-winning charmer takes place in a middle school gymnasium, where a handful of puberty-plagued nerds and brainiacs—overseen by grown-ups only marginally more developed—contends for the prize of the top speller in the county. A tuneful, poignant, hilarious look at the travails of competition, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has been called “A Chorus Line with pimples” by The New York Times.
Auditions for Spelling Bee have concluded. Thanks to all who auditioned!
SPELLING BEE REHEARSAL TEAM:
Artistic Director: Stephen McCandless
Director/Vocal Director: Chris Williams
Choreographer/Production Assistant: Cailey McCandless