Riot to Follow Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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Riot to Follow Theater Prodcutions, the oldest and longest-running student-run theater company at The Evergreen State College, is proud to present our spring musical:

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

This comedy musical is showing:
Thursday, April 28th
Friday, April 29th
Saturday, April 30th

7pm in The Recital Hall.

The Recital Hall is located within the Commuications Building at The Evergreen State College. It is ADA accessible.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a free musical, but parking is $2 on both Thursday and Friday night. Parking is free on Saturday night. We hope to see you there!

Synopsis: An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. (From the MTI Website:


RTF and the Perennial Players

It has been recently brought to our attention that there have been some rather foul rumors circulating regarding the relationship between Riot to Follow and the Perennial Players Theater Troupe. The rumors relied on the false concept of unprofessional, acrimonious competition between the companies. There is absolutely no merit to these rumors, nor were they spread by members of either of the companies. Both companies strive to create more theater on campus, and hope to do so in solidarity with one another. We hope to maintain the friendly rapport we have had with them in the past and that it leads to positive and meaningful collaboration in years to come.

Cast list for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”


We recently held auditions for our upcoming production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and are happy to announce that we have the cast list! We saw a great deal of talented actors and singers and had a very hard time casting this show, but feel that we came up with the best combination of those who auditioned.

The cast is as follows:

Chip Tolentino: Andrew Helsing
Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere: Taylor Fairchild
Leaf Coneybear: Whitman Craig
William Barfee: Charley Praither
Marcy Park: Lydia Warren
Olive Ostrovsky: Emily Bittrick
Rona Lisa Perretti: Vienna Hill
Vice Prinicipal Douglas Panch: Logan Fenner
Mitch Mahoney: Gary Harvey
Olive’s Mom: Sierra Ditmar

Production Staff/Crew:

Stage Manager & Assistant Director: Kirstie Opel
Director & Music Director: Andrew Moe
Assistant to the Director: Tyler Bieber

Thank you to all who auditioned!

We are incredibly excited for this production and look forward to seeing everyone at the performances in late April!

Auditions for “But Why Bump off Barnaby?”

This year, our play is a comedic murder mystery titled
“But Why Bump Off Barnaby” by Rick Abbot

*You only need to come to ONE audition day*

This lunatic show poses a fascinating mystery. When Barnaby Folcey is murdered at a family gathering at Marlgate Manor, it transpires that he had a motive to murder everybody else but no one had a reason to want him dead. While dying, he scrawled the letters “b- a-r,” which can implicate everyone. While the bizarre group frantically tries to unmask the murderer, people vanish, poison is found in the sherry and the police take forever to arrive.

Any student is welcome to audition! We love seeing new faces at our auditions!

Auditions will be THIS THURSDAY October 1st, and MONDAY October 5th at 7pm in Sem ll C1105

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the show, so no need to prepare a monologue.

If you are interested in tech, either email us, or come to the audition and let us know!

If you have any questions at all, please email


We are proud to announce that we will be producing one full length play and one full length musical.

Our Winter show, which will go up in mid-January 2016, will be the raucous mystery-comedy, “But Why Bump off Barnaby”, by Rick Abbott.
This lunatic show poses a fascinating mystery. When Barnaby Folcey is murdered at a family gathering at Marlgate Manor, it transpires that he had a motive to murder everybody else but no one had a reason to want him dead. (from Samuel French’s website)

Our spring musical, which will go up around the end of April 2016, will be The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

We look forward to sharing all these productions with you, and keep your eyes open for future posts about auditions, interest meetings, and exact performance dates!