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The historic Tabor Opera House in Leadville, CO, constructed in 1879. Photo by Craig Hensel.

Opening on Thursday, July 20, and running through July 22, the Tabor Opera House in Leadville is set to begin performances of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a musical by Rachel Sheinkin. 

Directed by Scott Carroll, co-founder of Leadville’s Lyric Theater, and featuring an all-local cast, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is an award-winning comedy full of equal parts laughter and heart. Carroll also served as the production’s artistic director. 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee depicts: “An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents [vying] for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Per the Tabor Opera House, while candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.” 

“I have wanted to bring this fun, witty, and charming musical to Leadville for years,” said Carroll, “We are so excited to have an all-local cast bringing this story to life. It is always fun, well we hope it is, for adults to revisit their school experiences and bring to life these fun characters.”

Tickets for the show will be $30 for general admission, $15 for children ages 6-17, and free for children under five-years-old, so long as an adult accompanies them. For $45, theatergoers can attain VIP status, which includes early access to the theater, one drink ticket and appetizers. Purchase tickets here

The Tabor Opera House has been operating in Leadville since its construction in 1879. Currently, the town and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit called the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation are taking on the first-ever restoration efforts in the venue’s history, a project that comes with a $25 million price tag and multiple years of work to be done.