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Akeelah and the Bee

Akeelah and the Bee
 

Jan. 31 - Feb. 16, 2020
McColl Family Theatre
This is a two-act show with intermission

Recommended for ages 8and older | Two-Act, approx. 2.5 hours

By Cheryl L. West
Based on the screenplay by Doug Atchison
A young girl’s aptitude for words spells success for her future.
Life for 11-year-old Akeelah Anderson isn’t easy, especially after losing her father and growing up in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles. Akeelah finds school boring and doesn’t apply herself even though she’s academically gifted. Through the encouragement of teachers and the coaching of a special mentor, she conquers the regional bee and sets her sights on the Scripps National Spelling Bee. But will she overcome her own self-doubt and the pressures of her personal life to bring home the prestigious honor? This uplifting, family-centric story celebrates “winning” in more ways than one.
Themes: fitting in, sense of identity, loss, community and belonging
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