Judge Story’s Theatrical Troupe will perform a fall musical as part of the annual Story Festival and More in Story City in September. The troupe typically performs a dinner theater production, a summer musical, and a winter children’s theater production each year, but the group has expanded its 35th anniversary season this year to include the second musical.


The group will perform “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn. Performances will take place Sept. 8 and 9 and then again during “Story Festival and More” on Sept. 15.


The show centers on an eclectic group of children — played by adults — as they compete in their local spelling bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. The show includes lots of laughs, and even some volunteers from the audience. The show does include some mature themes.


The cast includes JSTT veterans Sam Barnes (Mitch), Julie Erickson (Olive), Joe Ferrell (Panch), Nicole Galliart (Rona), Lance Harding (Barfee), Katie Kosovich (Marcy), and Lars Skaar (Chip). The troupe is very pleased to welcome new troupe member Beth Hendrian (Leaf) and Jamie Quarnstrom (Logainne), who is taking a break from working behind the scenes at Judge Story to take her place on stage.


JSTT will perform “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8 and 9, and Friday, Sept. 15. The show will take place at Grand Viking Hall, located at 504 Broad Street above City Hall, in Story City. An elevator to the second floor venue is available for attendees in the lobby of City Hall. Tickets are $15, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. for each performance.


Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling the JSTT ticket line at 515-290- 5455. Tickets for the first weekend are available at the door and at ACT Insurance in Story City starting Monday, Aug. 21. Tickets for the second weekend show, as part of the Story Festival and More, will be available at the Bertha Bartlett Public Library, the Story City Historical Society, and at the door. If you have questions or need special arrangements to purchase tickets, please email JSTT at judgestorytroupe@gmail.com.