Mackay Musical Comedy Players present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Mackay Musical Comedy Players present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

COVID-19 Event Update Information

Before purchasing tickets, please read the Covid Safe Terms & Conditions which are in addition to the regular MECC Terms & Conditions of sale.

Performance Dates and Times

Friday 2 October 2020 at 8pm
Saturday 3 October 2020 at 2pm & 8pm


Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a musical comedy has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humour.

Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

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.

A riotous ride, fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favourite, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.

Age Recommendation: 13+ years.

Pre-order your Antipasto Platter!

Friday 2 October, 8pm

Saturday 3 October, 2pm

Saturday 3 October, 8pm

Why not make your experience complete and enjoy one of our amazing platters?

Platters are available to pre-order online and limited platters will be available to purchase pre-show and at interval (if applicable), until sold out. To avoid disappointment, please pre-order.

Antipasto Platter $13
Gouda, Smoked Cheese, Brie, Cheddar, Apricots, Dates, Olives, Cocktail Onions, Gherkins, Salami, Kabana and Crackers (GF and vegetarian options available).

Finger Food Snack Box $15
Chef’s selection of 5 items. Selection will vary on seasonal change.

Pre-order cut-off: Platters only available to pre-order until 12pm the day of the event, unless the event is on a weekend, then cut-off is Friday before the event at 12pm.
Collection at the event: Platters will be available for collection at the Bar.
Buy at the event: Limited platters will be available to purchase at the event from the bar pre-show and at interval (if applicable) until sold out.
Please note: You can now take food into the Auditorium.

Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre aims to ensure our venues and performances are welcoming and accessible. If you have any questions about access requirements, please contact the Box Office before purchasing tickets.


Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair seats/spaces are available for all events. These seats/spaces can be booked by contacting our Box Office on (07) 4961 9777.
All levels of the MECC carpark are fully wheelchair accessible.

Hearing Receivers are available in the Auditorium and a Hearing Loop is available in the Plenary Halls. To access this equipment simply enquire at the Box Office prior to event. Please contact the Box Office (07) 4961 9777 or visit us in person for more information.

Companion Cards
Companion Card holders are entitled to a complimentary companion ticket to all performances. The cardholder must provide their Companion Card details when making bookings and present the valid ID card to receive their ticket/s from the Box Office. To access this program, please contact the box office on (07) 4961 9777 or visit us in person.

Purchase Tickets

2 October, 2020 – 3 October, 2020
MECC Auditorium
$45 Adult
$40 Friend of the MECC/MECC Member/MMCP Member
$40 Concession
$40 Pensioner
$30 Student
$40 Group 6+

$2.60 Phone Administration Fee