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‘Akeelah and the Bee’ opens Feb. 7 at Burnsville High School

Burnsville High School Theatre Guild will perform “Akeelah and the Bee” Feb 7-9 at the Mraz Center for the Performing Arts, located at 600 E. Highway 13.
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 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., and inspires the people in her neighborhood with her courage and tenacity.
Co-directed by teacher Amy Stead and BHS junior Angel Billingsley, the stage version of the 2006 movie of the same title has been commissioned by the Minneapolis Children's Theatre.
Performances are Feb. 7-9 at 7 p.m., and there will be a matinee showing on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
The cast includes the following students:
  • KateMarie Andrews as Akeelah
  • Andrew Vixavong as Dr. Larabee
  • Alyse Dees as Gail Anderson
  • Malik Lekuti as Reggie Anderson
  • Kyliah Jimoh as Georgia
  • Sofia Kemeny as Mariana
  • Joy Bogonko as Batty Ruth
  • Peyton Bunnell as Drunk Willie
  • Shrey Pothini as Principal Welch
  • Michael Fisher as Dylan
  • Anthony Tran as Dylan's dad
  • Kara Schwenn as Ratchet Rhonda
Dominic Daoheung, Christine Maina, Tamara Osei and Norah Selby play various roles.
Original music is by BHS ninth grade student Braylon Lane.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizen and $5 for students, and can be purchased online at
The show runs approximately 1.5 hours with an intermission.
Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 08:07