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Each April The Bee is held to raise funds to provide the best quality education to our learners here at Next Step. Teams of three, complete with costumes and team name, compete for prizes for Best Spellers, Best Costumes, and Best Team Spirit. The evening also features a delicious dinner, a silent auction, and oodles of suspense as we determine who will take home the coveted trophy. Join us for a night of fun to support a good cause.

THE GRATE GROAN-UP SPELLING BEE 2024

 

Saturday, April 13th, 2024

Event at 5pm @ The Club at Bond Head

  • Tickets are $60/each (includes dinner, silent auction & entertainment). Purchase your tickets by April 4th.

  • The cost to register a team is $250 (Minimum of 3 people per team and maximum of 12). Register your team by March 25th.

  • See the link below for details about our Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum sponsorships. Register your sponsorship by March 25th.

  • See the registration form linked below for details on where to buy

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TEAMS

SPONSORS

SPONSORS

FEATURING JOAN BURROWS

  Joan began writing for theatre after her thirty-year career as an English and Dramatic Arts teacher was coming to a close in 2004.  She wrote and directed her first play, Staff Room, which won both the ACT-CO Award and the Theatre Ontario Award that year and was published by Playwrights Canada Press.  She has won awards for her work as a writer, stage manager and three Ontario provincial awards for her direction of Staff Room, 2004; Lenin's Embalmers, 2014, and The Drowning Girls, 2016. In 2017/18 she collaborated with Ron Cameron-Lewis and Jason Saunders to create Willow Quartet Musical which was produced at Theatre on the Ridge and was nominated for the Playwrights Guild/Tom Hendry Award for Best New Musical in 2018.  Joan is a long-time member of The Curtain Club, Richmond Hill and was awarded the Richmond Hill Artist Award in 2020.  She is also involved with the New Play Development group at the Alumnae Theatre, Toronto, where many of her plays have had their first public readings and is on the Board of the Very Useful Theatre Company helping to produce The International One Act Plays Festival in Newmarket in the fall.  She is also a member of The Blackhorse Theatre where she will be directing Sequence in May/June 2024.  

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