Silver Lake school hosts “Screwball Spelling Bee”

Supporters of Micheltorena Elementary will host a Saturday night “Screwball Spelling Bee” as part of a campaign to raise $30,000 to support a new dual-language program, arts education, and school garden. How does a Screwball Spelling Bee work? Here are some details from the school website:

It is where adults form teams prior to the competition, raise as much money in pledges as they can, and then compete in a spelling bee tournament where the “judges” are improv comedy actors and the competitors are treated like 7th graders.

Jay Reiss and Rebecca Feldman, creators of the Tony award-winning play “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” will host the June 23 spelling bee fundraiser, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Assistance League Children’s Theatre. Reiss, who played the judge in the original Broadway cast, will serve as a judge.

Tickets, which include an appetizer plate and non-alcoholic beverage, to watch the spelling bee are $25 when purchased in advance and $30 on the day of the event. Click here to purchase tickets online and here for more information.


  1. Thank you for getting the word out, Eastsider!

  2. Someone, whether authorized by the event’s organizers or just through a solo effort, has now plastered light and power poles in my neighborhood with cheap inkjet fliers illegally advertising this bee. Bonus: they’ve attached them with excessive amounts of packing tape wrapped around the poles. How much of the $25/$30 fee will go to their removal? $0 is spelled zero.

    • We put up exactly 7 of them around the neighborhood. I”d hardly call that “plastering”. We were also planning on taking them down after the event. $0 charge.

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