Akeelah and the Bee – The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn

By | September 10, 2017

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


(804) 282-2620
Single tickets start at $20*

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Student Matinees


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.”

Star Tribune

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