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.
SEPTEMBER 29 – NOV 5, 2017
The Children’s Theatre
at Willow Lawn
Based on the screenplay by Doug Atchison
By Cheryl L. West
Directed Audra Honaker
Single tickets start at $20*
Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes with intermission
Suggested for ages 7 and up.
Press Release (pdf)
“The story of Akeelah and the Bee is inspiring and heartwarming.”
Play Off the Page
“As Akeelah makes clear, children have potential not just for personal actualization, but also to heal a community. In her rugged, weary community, Akeelah embodies both brilliance and balm.”