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.