We Bee Spelling at Dante Hall

Part comedy, part education (but not really), We Bee Spelling is coming to Dante Hall on Thursday. What is it? Described as a combination of a late night variety show and a spelling bee, it’s entertainment at its very best … live and unexpected. Here are five reasons to head to the show on Thursday.

1 The Cause. It’s not just comedy …it’s comedy for a cause. This live spelling game show is a fundraising event to benefit Stockton University’s Noyes Museum, a hub of South Jersey art and culture. Show proceeds will benefit programming at the Noyes Museum and the development of an artist residency/artist workshop program that will benefit residents and visitors of Atlantic City. Go to NoyesMuseum.org for more information.

2 The Comedy. Hosts Ahri Findling (Comedy Central) and Alex Greer lead local contestants — look for contestants from Good Time Tricycle, Wonder Bar, and so many more, including A.C. Weekly’s own Scott Cronick — as they compete for academic glory ... with antics galore, including, but not limited to, messy head-to-head games, impromptu talent shows, and bouts of spelling “sabotage.” It’s described as the Scripps Spelling Bee for class clowns.

3 The Music. When you’re not laughing, you’ll be tuning in to performances from We Bee Spelling house band Andy Frasco and the U.N. Playing feel good music to the tune of party blues and a touch of barefoot boogie, the band is reason enough to head to the Bee.

4 The Venue. Located in Ducktown, Dante Hall Theater, a part of Stockton University, was originally built in 1926 as a church. As such, it’s got loads of charm and history. And, with only 220 seats, it’s not a “too-big” venue …every seat is a good one, so you’ll be well positioned to watch our local spelling contestants as they maneuver through “the Bee.”

5 The drinks. Know what’s better than laughing all night while supporting a great cause? Laughing all night while supporting a great cause with a cocktail in your hand. Luckily, Ducktown Tavern — the 24 hour-a-day Atlantic City legend — is providing the bar for the event. When the show is over, you can head down to Ducktown — conveniently located on the same street as Dante Hall — for a post-bee hangout to relive the bee antics. We’re sure there will be plenty.

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