Tuesday, July 23, 2013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Broadway veteran joins local teens in Croton Teen Theatre production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 
Croton on Hudson, NY  July 22, 2012  -  Trent Kowalik, who won a Tony for his portrayal of Billy in Billy Elliot The Musical, has joined Croton Teen Theatre for this summer's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which opens Friday night at the Croton Academy of Arts Studio.
This hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.  The show's Tony Award-winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes; a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
"It's a great show with a great message for kids and adults alike - that winning isn't everything and losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser," says Trent.  "It's been terrific to have Trent in this year's production", said director Steve Riedel.  "He's given the rest of the cast a first person perspective on the theatre profession in general, which is a great complement to the CTT mission of providing a professional level theatre experience for area teens." 
Performances of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be Friday July 26th at 8pm, Saturday July 27th with a matinee at 2pm and evening performance at 8pm, and Sunday July 28th at 2pm.  All performances will be held at the Croton Academy of Arts, 8-b Old Post Road South in Croton on Hudson, NY.
Tickets and additional information are available at www.crotonteentheatre.org or by calling 914-271-1356.
Croton Teen Theatre is a tradition that has spanned generations of teens from across Westchester, several of whom have gone on to professional careers.  Past productions have included Oliver; Once Upon a Mattress; Grease; Seen and Heard; Damn Yankees; Fiddler on the Roof; The King and I; The Sound of Music; South Pacific; The Music Man; Once Upon This Island; Bye, Bye Birdie; Seussical, the Musical; Little Shop of Horrors; Jesus Christ Superstar; Rent, My Fair Lady, Macbeth and Company.
For additional information, please contact:
Meaghan Shawcross

Communications Director, Croton Teen Theatre

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