the 25th annual putnam county SPELLING BEE

Sara-Jeanne played Rona Lisa Peretti,an ex-spelling bee champion. for a co-production with THE Belfry Theatre and The Arts Club Theatre Granville Island Stage and was

Director: Michael Shamata
Choreographer: Laura Krewski
Musical Director:Bruce Kellett


Sara-Jeanne Hosie, playing a contest judge, sang particularly well, displaying a lush, attractive timbre. ” -The Times Columnist, Adrian Chamberlain


1. Outstanding ProductionLarge Theatre

2. Outstanding Direction, Large Theatre, Michael Shamata

3. Significant Artistic Achievement, Large Theatre,  Michael Blake, Jeremy Crittenden, Josh Epstein, Sara-Jeanne Hosie, Brian Linds, Alison MacDonald, Tracy Neff, Rosie Simon, and Vincent Tong



Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling 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.

-Musical Theatre International

Photo (top) of audience volunteers, Tracy Neff, Vincent Tong, Josh Epsein, Rosie Simon, Jeremy Crittenden, Alison MacDonald and Sara-Jeanne Hosie by David Cooper.