The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

Additional Material by Jay Reiss

Music and Lyrics by William Finn

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

July 18-28, 2019

at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre

The hilarious spelling musical

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 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. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

July 18-28, 2019

at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre

The hilarious spelling musical

Creative Team

Adam Charles


Adam is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto. He has acted on stages across Canada, from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland. Some of his favourite theatre credits include: Link Larkin in Hairspray, Eddie in Blood Brothers (Arts Club), Marius in Les Miserables (WCT), Joseph in Joseph….Technicolor Dreamcoat (Chemainus), Sky in Mamma Mia (TSJ), Galileo in We Will Rock You (Magnus), Fredrick in Pirates of Penzance (TIP), and Dean Hyde in All Shook Up (Mayfield and The Globe). While he resides in Toronto, Adam is proud to call Chilliwack home. He is thrilled to be back at Secondary Characters, directing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He was last seen here in 2014, where he directed and choreographed Into the Woods. Look for Adam this summer in Vancouver, where he’ll be playing Jack Kelly in Theatre under the Stars’ production of Newsies.

Steffi Munshaw


A self-confessed student for life, Steffi holds a Diploma in Theatre Performance from Douglas College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a Major in Theatre Performance from the School of Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor of Education with a Minor in Environmental Education also from SFU. When not moonlighting as a children’s theatre director, Steffi spends her days teaching grade 4/5 for Squiala First Nation.

A prolific educator, Steffi has spent many years teaching theatre to youth in Chilliwack, the Fraser Valley, and as far away as Nunavut. Steffi has performed all over the Fraser Valley with Secondary Characters, Chilliwack Musical Theatre, the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts, the Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Douglas College, Simon Fraser University, the University of the Fraser Valley, Troika Collective, and 591 Productions. Some of her favourite onstage performance credits include Jo (Little Women, Secondary Characters Musical Theatre), Maria (West Side Story, Chilliwack Musical Theatre), and Alice (the Alice, SFU School for Contemporary Arts). Performing everything from classics to contemporaries and from opera to absurdism, Steffi loves creating newly imagined works of art.

In what little spare time she has left, Steffi also loves working backstage in theatre having stage managed, dramaturged, artistic directed, directed, musical directed, and designed many shows in both Chilliwack and Vancouver. Recently, she has directed for Secondary Characters Musical Theatre including The Wizard of Oz and The Last Five Years which had a successful remount at both the RickRack in the ‘Wack Festival and the Harrison Festival of the Arts. Steffi is resident production manager for Secondary Characters Musical Theatre and most recently set/props/costume designed and assistant directed their July 2018 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Kris Ward

Construction Manager/Designer

Kris is both an enthusiastic perform and avid woodworker. He combines these two passions as Secondary Characters' resident Set Designer, having designed and built Notre Dame Cathedral for The Hunchback of Notre Dame and this year's set for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Some of Kris' favourite onstage credits have included St. Aphrodisius (Hunchback of Notre Dame) and the villainous aristocrat, Braxton Prendergast as well as the timid Mr. Lawrence (Little Women). When not working backstage on shows, Kris has been working on his Cabinetmaker Apprenticeship through both North Island College and BCIT.

Paula Quick

Vocal Director

Bio coming soon!