April 22, 2022

Akeelah and the Bee

Tickets Information


$18 for Adults

$16 for Seniors (62+)

$13 for Students (21 & under)

Further discounts are offered to subscribers and groups of 12 or more.


Please contact the Box Office:

(262) 633-4218

Monday – Friday, 12 – 6 p.m. &

90 minutes prior to curtain



Akeelah and the Bee

Apr 22
Apr 23
Apr 23
Apr 24
Apr 24
7:00 PM
2:00 PM
7:00 PM
2:00 PM
7:00 PM


Akeelah lives and breathes words and has a gift for spelling. This passion is overshadowed by the daily realities of her life in a tough Chicago neighborhood. Despite her mother’s objections, she studies and prepares for the National Spelling Bee with a determined spirit. As the underdog, Akeelah’s spunk and tenacity teach us all a little something about triumphing over any obstacle. With less than two weeks until its opening before the COVID-19 shutdown, the show returns to finally bring Akeelah to life on the Racine Theatre Guild’s stage.


Outreach Performances also available on Tuesday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 27 for local schools and home school groups.

Contact Teri at teri@racinetheatre.org or (262) 633-4218 for more details!



COVID-19 RTG PROTOCOLS updated 03/04/22

  • Masks Encouraged and Recommended
    • Masks are recommended and encouraged, but not required, for all patrons, visitors, and volunteers regardless of vaccination status. Face masks will continue to be available at the front entrance for anyone to use.
  • Ticket Exchanges
    • If you are feeling ill or off in any way, contact the Box Office at (262) 633-4218 to exchange your tickets for another show time. If an exchange is impossible, we will provide a refund.
    • If you are no longer comfortable attending shows and concerts with these policy changes, contact the Box Office at (262) 633-4218 prior to the performance to request a refund.

More details can be found on our COVID-19 Page
**All policies are subject to change


“Akeelah and the Bee” Based on the screenplay by Doug Atchison

Adapted for the stage by Cheryl L. West

Produced by special arrangement with Plays for Young Audiences

Cast & Crew


Saniah Carter – Akeelah

Kimberly McGee – Gail

Julian Mayfield – Reggie

Darius Russelle – Dr. Larabee

Diana Barber – Principal Welch

Rylee McGee – Georgia

Vanetta Powell – Ruth

Norgie Metzinger – Willie

Shavez DeLacy – JT

Amina Jallow – Rhonda

Caroline E. Otto – Dylan

Paolo Wood – Javier

Kyra Hagen – Trish/Horse Girl

Winter Newell – Izzy/Mohawk Girl

Arturo (AJ) Garcia-Malacara – Chucky/Air Speller/Snorting Boy

Pa Houa Vang – Mrs. Chiu

Phil Lyden – District Judge / National Pronouncer

Jennifer Arnold – District Pronouncer / State Judge

Megan Ferger – Bee Clerk / State Pronouncer



Kära Ernst-Schalk – Director

Sarah Hunt-Frank – Set Designer

Karen Magee – PSM

Donna Nielsen – ASM

Rose Bliss – Stage Manager

Sharon Nyman – Costume Design

Dawn Van Ess – Costume Crew

Karen Hamilton – Wardrobe

Norgie Metzinger – Sound Design

Betty Petersen – Sound Tech

Jenny Bauer – Light Design

Dan Venne – Light Tech

Jill Dickert – Props Design

Sandy Lyden – Props Run

Phil Lyden – Props Run

Jeanne Christensen – Hair/Makeup


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