Akeelah and the Bee


Saturday, November 11, 2017 2:00PM
Willow Lawn


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Akeelah and the Bee

By Cheryl L. West; Based on the screenplay by Doug Atchison

Run Time: Approximately 2 hours, including intermission
Suggested for ages 7 and up.

From Artistic Director, Nathaniel Shaw

Many of the plays we do for Children show the world as we would LIKE it to be, while others show the world AS IT IS. Many of America's children, and children right here in Richmond, live with gang and gun violence as a backdrop to their daily lives. Akeelah is growing up on the South Side of Chicago, and you will hear the distant gun-fire of the neighborhood in the first scene. We believe this challenging circumstance is a truth that is ultimately essential to this triumphant story.

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Akeelah is an 11-year-old spelling p-r-o-d-i-g-y who will stop at nothing to make her dreams come true. Based on the 2006 film starring Keke Palmer, the play follows the journey of Akeelah as she travels from the south side of Chicago to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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Questions? For immediate assistance, we're at (804) 282-2620 from two hours before every performance, and Mon. - Fri. from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Or drop us a line at tickets@virginiarep.org.

Groups of 10 or more, please contact Mark Persinger (804) 783-1688 ext. 1118 to save on tickets, or see our Group Sales Page.