How Do You Spell Dinner and a Musical?

Does the William Finn musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee remind you of your own adolescence? Find out during the upcoming Dinner & a Show program.

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Ursinus College has again teamed up with the Collegeville Economic Development Corp. (CEDC) to offer a “Dinner & a Show” promotion featuring the Tony Award-winning musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This hilarious and endearing show details the cutthroat competition of a school sixth-grade spelling bee while the participants are battling puberty, helicopter parenting, allergies, and the pressure to become the best speller in Putnam County. As a bonus, 15 local restaurants will be offering dinner specials to individuals who attend the show.

Performances for this wacky comedy are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25; Friday, Feb. 26; and Saturday, Feb. 27 at Ursinus’s Lenfest Theater. A 2 p.m. matinee will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28. Tickets are only $5 general admission and $2 for students and senior citizens. They can be purchased through the CEDC’s website, which contains information about the “Dinner & a Show” program and participating restaurants at, or the Ursinus Box Office (tickets only) at Call 610-409-3030 for more information.

At both websites, individuals will be issued a receipt which they should show at the restaurant on the day of the performance to get the dinner special. Theatergoers will also need the receipt to give to the Ursinus Box Office in order to pay for and pick up their tickets. Theatergoers should arrive at the box office at least 15 minutes before the show begins.

Directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater Meghan Brodie
Music and lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin 

The following restaurants are offering dinner specials to customers attending The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. 

The contact information for the restaurants and details about the specials can be found on the Collegeville Economic Development Corp. web site at

Bonjung Japanese Restaurant

Copperfield Inn 

DaVinci’s Pub 

Forno Antico

Marzella’s Pizza

My Friends Tavern 


Phamous Phil’s BBQ 

Rocco’s Brick Oven Pizzeria

Shagun Fine Indian Cuisine

Thai Basil Bistro BYOB 

The Pizza Stop 

Tortugas Mexican Eatery 

The Trappe Tavern 

WIBS Wings Ribs & More

The Lenfest Theater is located within the College’s Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center. Theatergoers should park in the college’s West parking lot; enter from Ninth Ave.