Akeelah and the Bee

Children’s Play

By Cheryl L. West

Original Screenplay by Doug Atchison

A compelling story of a young girl’s bravery and grit. Based on the 2006 multi-award-winning film, this play follows Akeelah Anderson’s journey to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Akeelah shows audiences the importance of tenacity in the face of adversity and will inspire conversations on stereotypes, stigmas, and their implications.

Recommended for ages 8 and up




Tickets are $10-16


April 20-29

  • Thursday through Saturday-7:30 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday Matinees-2 PM


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The Rapidian: Guest Director Says Akeelah and the Bee Helps Broaden Audience’s Perspective

WKTV: East Kentwood Student Makes Her Acting debut in Civic’s ‘Akeelah and the Bee’ 

culturedGR: Stand In Your Power: “Akeelah and the Bee” Comes To Civic Theatre 

Grand Rapids Kids: Your Kids Will Be Moved By More Than Just Big Words At Akeelah And The Bee

School News Network: East GR’s Jack Lado Takes The Title At Spelling Bee