Akeelah and the Bee
Akeelah has a crazy passion for words: the more abstruse and labyrinthine, the better. But this gift is almost overwhelmed by the challenge of her daily life in a tough, Chicago neighborhood. Akeelah’s aptitude earns her a spot in the National Spelling Bee, which inspires the people in her neighborhood with her courage and tenacity.
Doug Atchison, original screenwriter
Cheryl L. West, playwright
104 pgs. 7 female, 7 male
Originally produced by CTC in 2015-2016
Run Time: 2 hours
Audience Recommendation: 8+
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“The story of Akeelah and the Bee is inspiring and heart-warming.” -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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