Spell Check


On Saturday April 5, 2014, fifteen be-wigged and be-ribboned teams of 3 contestants each will again take to the main stage of the glorious Latchis Theatre to play Spell Check! A Spelling Bee for Grown-ups before hundreds of friends, family and spelling aficionados.

This is the 6th annual foray into the world of spelling bees and television game shows.

Spell Check Save The Date2014 (3)Master of Ceremonies Tom Bodett will once again keep the audience laughing and the teams at attention, using big words in “mildly inappropriate” sentences that might feature a cow, a coyote, a professor, or mud season. This exciting competition pits trios of spellers against one another before a ‘live studio audience’ and a whimsical panel: Master of Ceremonies Tom Bodett, Beekeeper Jim Maxwell, and the triumphant return of Judge Archer Mayor . Rampant wordplay, anecdotes, bicycle horns, and laughter are sure to deliver the most outrageous of serious evenings.

Past years have boasted beehive hairdos, heifer costumes, and plenty of fun. “It’s almost like some spectacular sporting event,” remarks Jerry Stockman, a member of the twice-victorious team To Bee Or Not To Bee. “Or like we’re in the studio to record a game show! There’s that sort of sensibility about it.”

Bragging rights, fame, and the right to display the winner’s name, word or phrase on the beautiful Latchis Marquee are at stake, and registration has begun. There is a $100 fee per team, and each team must also raise an additional $100 sponsorship. Registration forms are available online.  For further information about Spell Check! A Spelling Bee for Grown-Ups, contact spellcheck@latchisarts.org. Spell Check! is a lighthearted competition that benefits Latchis Arts in its mission to preserve the Latchis Hotel and Theatre, and promote the arts in our region.

Photo credits: Deborah Lazar