Akeelah and the Bee

Adapted by Cheryl L. West
From the motion picture by Dough Atchison

Directed by Maura Tighe

October 21 – November 20, 2016

Akeelah has a crazy passion for words: the more abstruse and labyrinthine, 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 inspires the people in her neighborhood with her courage and tenacity.



Gail – Ramona Lisa Alexander*
Dr. Larabee – Johnny Lee Davenport*
Dylan – Marshall Joun
Akeelah – Journey King
JT, DJ, Judge, Bee Clerk – Keith Mascoll
Principal Welch – James Milord
Mr. Chiu – Gary Ng*
Willie – Vincent Siders*
Reggie – Evander Texeiera
Ruth – Farai Williams*

Izzy – Ariella Taylor (Akeelah U/S) & Sadie Young
Rhonda – Janine Mendes & Diane Thai
Chucky – Jonathan Lopez & Artemis Wheelock
Snorting Kid – Duncan Lonergan & Jacqueline Scholl
Mohawk Kid – Alice Fletcher & Margaret McFadden
Trish – Amelia Newstadt & Zoë Stewart
Javier – Griffin Long-Sinnott
Air Spller – Ben Choi-Harris & Giovanni Clark
Horse Speller – Jasper Milstein & Tim Zhilin
Crying Girl – Matilda Fletcher & Amarjot Ranu-Laverdiere
Dylan U/S – Vincent Lian
Ensemble – Brianna Brown, Sophia Mack, Grace Schifilliti, Sydnee Smiley

*Denotes Member of Actors’ Equity Association


Director – Maura Tighe
Set Designer – James Williston
Lighting Designer – Craig Zemsky
Costume Designer – Seth Bodie
Props Designer – Marge Lusignan
Sound Designer – Roger Moore
Production Stage Manager – Lisa Wondolowski*


Get out and VOTE

The cast of Akeelah and the Bee are spelling it out on this Election Day! "V-O-T-E!" Make your voice heard today and be sure to come see us before we "c-l-o-s-e" November 20th.

Posted by Wheelock Family Theatre on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

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Behind the Scenes

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