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Spelling Bee WEB

The Nevada Conservatory Theatre is serving up contemporary slapstick with The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. It’s a tale of hilarity as adult actors step into the roles of children dueling it out in a competition for the ages—through song. Director and choreographer Tim Bennett says the show is aimed at adults with its topically laced humor, but every now and then the musical slows it down to capture a touching character moment. Improvisation is primed to keep the performance fresh, so you’ll never see the same show twice. A combination of professional actors, UNLV grads and undergrads make up the “melting pot” cast, as Bennett calls it. Now you’ll be able to say you saw them when. Through May 10, $20-$30, Judy Bayley Theatre at UNLV, 702-895-2787,