Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee

CMT Mainstage

Show Dates: March 3 – 12, 2017

CMT Mainstage proudly presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a fast-paced, riotous show with a quirky cast, a fresh score, and even audience participation! This production brings the competition to the stage, as six eclectic students compete for the coveted title while sharing their hysterical and moving personal stories. Whether you’re an abecedarian, a dilettante or a connoisseur, you’ll leave this contest a winner.

Audition registration opens: November 29


Ticket On-Sale Date: January 20

Artistic Team

Kevin R. HaugeKevin R. Hauge

In his 21st season as Artistic Director at CMT, Kevin has led the nation’s premier theater company for youth in taking on increasingly challenging and professional-quality productions. His innovative approach to productions includes incorporating modern techniques and technology, culminating in recognition of artistic excellence from the National Endowment for the Arts for nine consecutive years. A recipient of the prestigious Lin Wright Special Recognition Award by the American Alliance for Theater and Education, he’s been the guest speaker at the International Association of Theater Educators Conference in Washington D.C., and the Education and Technology conference in New York City. Kevin has collaborated on productions in a variety of venues all over the world. He’s staged ice shows, magic shows, musical revues, industrial shows, corporate parties, television specials and book musicals for a variety of companies, including Tropworld (Atlantic City), Harrah’s (Reno), Six Flags Parks (nationwide), and Royal Viking Cruise Lines (worldwide). Some of the unique productions Kevin has worked on include You’re in the Movies (MGM Grand) in Las Vegas, World of Wonders (Everland) in Seoul, South Korea, and a special Easter Celebration (The White House) in Washington D.C. Kevin has appeared several times as a guest artist with the San Jose Symphony, and has served on the Exhibits Committee at the Tech Museum of Innovation.

Ian LeonardIan Leonard

When he auditioned for Damn Yankees in the summer of CMT’s 28th season, Ian had no idea that he would still be present for its 48th season, nor was he able to envision that this organization would be that place that he would call, most proudly, “Home.” However, now 20 years later, Ian’s connection with Children’s Musical Theater San Jose marks one of the most treasured relationships of his life. He has directed several productions here at CMT, including The Sound of Music, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Evita, Bye Bye Birdie, and Starmites. He’s had the pleasure of collaborating with longtime mentor and CMT Artistic Director, Kevin Hauge, on shows like American Idiot, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Jekyll & Hyde. As an actor, Ian appeared in the world premiere of Fly by Night (Harold McClam) at TheatreWorks, where he’s also played roles in [title of show], A Christmas Memory, Dessa Rose, and more. He recently played Rev. John Witherspoon in 1776 at American Conservatory Theatre, staged by Tony Award-winning director Frank Galati. In Legally Blonde (Diablo Theatre Company), he played Emmett opposite Broadway’s Bailey Hanks, winner of MTV’s Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods. Ian also co-founded, and appears regularly in, one of the Bay Area’s busiest (and most polite) cover bands, The Peelers. www.thepeelersband.com

Kristen HermosilloKristen Hermosillo

Kristen Hermosillo is a Bay Area native who began her journey with CMT nearly ten years ago, auditioning for her first musical ever: Annie Warbucks. She started out as a camp counselor and Studio Class assistant, and within a few years was managing those two programs for CMT. Kristen has performed in over twenty CMT Mainstage and Marquee productions, and has worked with various theater groups throughout the Bay Area. She’s had the pleasure of serving as Assistant Director for CMT Mainstage, Los Altos Stage Company and Theater in the Mountains. After a brief hiatus to travel through Europe and live in Ireland, she’s back doing what she loves most: working full-time for her favorite company as Project Coordinator.




Linda MiddlebusherLinda Middlebusher

Linda Middlebusher is excited to return to CMT to vocal direct Spelling Bee. Linda is owner/instructor of the successful Keys N’ Voice Studio with locations both in San Jose and in Clovis, California. She is an active performer, conductor, pianist, and instructor, specializing in Musical Theatre. She attended Fresno State University and the San Francisco Conservatory studying under Don Stenberg and Marcia Hunt. As the singer for “A Touch of Brass” for 15 years, she sang professionally for such events as the prestigious San Jose Jazz Festival, San Jose Opera, “Make a Wish Foundation” the Nestle Company, Flint Center and many more. She served as the head of the Fine Arts Program at Valley Christian Junior High, where she developed 4 vocal ensembles, jazz band, concert band and the drama department. Linda has served as the head adjudicator for the California State Talent Competition, and continues to work as advisor to adult professional performers active in the Bay Area and in the San Joaquin Valley. Linda’s private students have gone on to attend the top conservatories and universities in the country majoring in music theater and vocal performance. She has instructed 10 students who were nominated for the prestigious “Jimmy” Awards taking place in New York, and several students currently on Broadway or touring in Broadway shows. Linda and her husband Duane live in Clovis California where she has returned to her roots. She is the proud mother of two wonderful sons and daughters-in-law, and 4-1/2 AWESOME grandchildren; is an avid equestrian, loves sports, animals, and mentoring young people to pursue their passion.

Amie JanAmie Jan, Musical Director

Amie Jan graduated from Rice University with a Computer Science degree, and briefly worked as a software programmer and IT consultant before she decided that she simply needed to have more music in her life! She moved to California, and began her second undergraduate degree at San Jose State University, double majoring in Violin Performance and Music Education, subsequently earning her teaching credential in Music. In her spare time, Amie performed as a freelance violinist/violist all over the Bay Area, which led her to discover another passion: musical theater. Since moving to California in 2003, she has played in over fifty pit orchestras all over the Bay Area, and has musical directed over fifty more — most of them here at CMTSJ. Amie is currently Orchestra Director at Lincoln HS, and is also a certified Suzuki violin instructor with a small private studio of young violinists and violists. Among her exciting gigs as a freelance musician, Amie has performed in concerts with Josh Groban, Kanye West, and Smokey Robinson.



Show Schedule

Friday, March 3: 7 p.m.(O)
Saturday, March 4: 2 p.m.(O), 7 p.m.(W)
Sunday, March 5: 1 p.m.(O), 6 p.m.(W)
Thursday, March 9: 7 p.m.(O)
Friday, March 10: 7 p.m.(W)
Saturday, March 11: 2 p.m.(W), 7 p.m.(O)
Sunday, March 12: 1 p.m.(W)

(O) Oxford Cast, (W) Webster Cast

School Shows

(for field trips and school groups)
March 3: 10 a.m.
March 10: 10 a.m.

Auditions: December 13 & 14: 4 p.m. • CLICK HERE FOR AUDITION INFO
Callbacks: December 15 & 16
Super Callbacks:December 17
Cast List Posted: December 19
Family Meeting: January 10
Age of Cast: 14 - 20

Cast list