AKEELAH AND THE BEE

Written by CHERYL L. WEST
Directed by ROGER FERRIER

Akeelah has a crazy passion for words: the more abstruse and intricate, the better. But this gift is almost overwhelmed by the challenge of her daily life in a tough Chicago neighborhood. Akeelah’s aptitude earns her a spot in the National Spelling Bee, which helps her to inspire the people in her neighborhood with her courage and tenacity.

PERFORMANCES
Friday, May 5 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 6 at 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 7 at 3:00 pm

VENUE INFORMATION
LSU Shaver Theatre
Louisiana State University
105 Music and Dramatic Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

TICKETS
Regular Admission | $27
Students With Valid ID | $22
Early Bird Pre-Sale Discount Until March 24 | $22
Groups of 10 or More | $22 must pre-purchase prior to performance date.

RUN TIME
Run Time: 2 Hours

FEATURING
Auditions for this production are scheduled for March 11. Please register here.

PG- RATED SHOW
Appropriate for most children. Everyone entering the theatre, including babes in arms, must have a ticket.

CREATIVE TEAM
Director ROGER FERRIER
Stage Manager ALVIN TEMPLE
Scenic Designer BJ HUGHES
Costume Designer KRYSTAL BLATCHER
Props Master MELANIE WILLIAMS
Production Manager GREG WILLIAMS, JR.

CAST
Jasmine Gray (AKEELAH)
Sharell Steven (GAIL)
Drelan Evans (REGGIE)
Spencer Howard (DR. LARABEE)
Hillary Leonard (HILLARY LEONARD)
Toni Davis (BATTY RUTH)
Christian Jones (DRUNK WILLIE)
Michael Russ (PRINCIPAL)
Dion Sideboard (J.T./RULE/JUDGE/TV ANNOUNCER)
Micah Dunbar (DYLAN)
Justin Thompson (JAVIER)
Brandon Johnson (DYLAN’S DAD)
Hannah Dunn (IZZY/SNORTING GIRL)
Majella A. King (RATCHET RHONDA)
Alysse Davis (TRISH/HORSE GIRL)
Queline Ketchens (QUELINE KETCHENS)
Chucky Henry Holmes (CHUCKY)
Caleigh Franklin (CRYING GIRL)
Trinity Holmes (AIR WRITING GIRL)

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PLAYWRIGHT
CHERYL L. WEST


Cheryl L. West’s plays include: Akeelah & the Bee, Mwindo, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, Addy: American Girl Story, and Pullman Porter Blues. Her plays have been seen in England, off-broadway, on Broadway (Play On!) and in numerous regional theaters around the country. She has written TV and film projects at Disney, Paramount, MTV Films, Showtime, TNT, HBO, CBS and is the Webby-nominated writer for the original web series Diary of a Single Mom. Ms. West is the recipient of several awards: American Alliance For Theatre & Education (AATE) Distinguished Play Award (2016), the Helen Hayes/Charles McArthur award for outstanding new play, the Susan Smith Blackburn prize, an international playwriting award for distinguished new plays, the National Endowment Playwriting Award and the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Best Playwright Award.

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