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There are a lot of things to do in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. If you are trying to put together plans for a vacation on a budget then why not take a Phoenix staycation? All this is, is a vacation at home. Explore your own city and the surrounding areas. You might be surprised at what all is available right around the corner. Follow along here for the best tips and ways to save money including coupons for your favorite attractions and events. You might also want to check out the Day Trips From Phoenix for more suggestions and savings on things to do within a day's drive from Phoenix.

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Early Bird Deals for Summer Staycations for Under $99

May 5, 2015

As the saying goes, “The Early Bird Gets the Worm!” Well many of the area resorts have gotten into the act by encouraging people to take their summer staycation at their resort. Now you might wonder, “Why would I stay at a resort for my staycation rather than stay at home where it’s cheaper?” In […]


"Sweet Charity": Neil Simon's Musical Comedy, Plus Dinner

at Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria
OFFER DATES:
Wed, May 06
Fri, May 08
Sat, May 09
FULL PRICE: $85.50
OFFER PRICE: $42.50

The show that made stars out of Gwen Verdon (on stage) and Shirley MacLaine (on film), "Sweet Charity" transports you to New York City in the '60s to follow dance-club hostess Charity Hope Valentine's... [more+]

The show that made stars out of Gwen Verdon (on stage) and Shirley MacLaine (on film), "Sweet Charity" transports you to New York City in the '60s to follow dance-club hostess Charity Hope Valentine's misadventures in love. Along with Neil Simon's sophisticated and often poignant humor, the show boasts memorable production numbers like "Big Spender," "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now." The original musical won five Tonys, enjoyed several successful revivals and made the little black dress famous. Now you can catch it at Peoria's Arizona Broadway Theatre, complete with dinner. See the full event description for a menu. [less-]

"SpellBound!" -- A New Musical Spin on Shakespeare's Magical Folk Tale

at The Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
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Thu, May 07
Fri, May 08
Sat, May 09
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Fri, May 08
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FULL PRICE: $40.00
OFFER PRICE: $20.00

With an evil queen plotting to murder her stepdaughter, a brave rescue by three mountain cave-dwellers, a pair of ghosts and even a headless man, "Cymbeline" is a folk tale that'd make the Brothers Gr... [more+]

With an evil queen plotting to murder her stepdaughter, a brave rescue by three mountain cave-dwellers, a pair of ghosts and even a headless man, "Cymbeline" is a folk tale that'd make the Brothers Grimm envious. Now Southwest Shakespeare Company presents its brand-new, song-filled adaptation of this beloved Shakespeare-penned fairy tale under the stars at the majestic Desert Botanical Garden stage. Based on one of Shakespeare's last works, "SpellBound!" follows the adventures of a brave princess who, after being exiled from her father's court and falsely accused of adultery, sets out on a treacherous journey to reclaim her good name and reunite with her true love. Full of magic potions, swordplay, villains in disguise, wronged love and revenge, this fast-paced production brings Shakespeare's timeless tale to life with stunning costumes, live musicians and a talented cast featuring classically trained actors from Arizona and beyond. [less-]

Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers": Pulitzer-Winning Comedy-Drama

at Ghostlight Theatre, Sun City West
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Thu, May 07
Fri, May 08
Sat, May 09
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FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

In classic comedies like "The Odd Couple", "The Sunshine Boys" and "Plaza Suite", Neil Simon tickled audiences' funny bones -- but in "Lost in Yonkers", he touched their hearts. Winner of four Tony Aw... [more+]

In classic comedies like "The Odd Couple", "The Sunshine Boys" and "Plaza Suite", Neil Simon tickled audiences' funny bones -- but in "Lost in Yonkers", he touched their hearts. Winner of four Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, "Lost in Yonkers" finds Simon at his best, spinning a great story through memorable characters that make you laugh "and" make you care. Set in 1942 New York, this nostalgic memory play focuses on two young brothers left in the care of their formidable grandmother for the longest 10 months of their lives. The old woman is anything but affectionate, and the rest of the family -- including their sweet, simple-minded Aunt Bella and small-time gangster Uncle Louie -- suffer from her tyrannical rule, until tensions build toward a climactic confrontation. [less-]

"The Wizard of Oz": Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Fun

at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, Scottsdale
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Thu, May 07
Mon, May 11
Thu, May 14
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Mon, May 11
Thu, May 14
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FULL PRICE: $23.00
OFFER PRICE: $11.50

Dorothy may "say" there's no place like home, but there's really no place like Oz. Combine every fairyland from Narnia to Middle-Earth to Wonderland and you would still have only a quarter of Oz's mag... [more+]

Dorothy may "say" there's no place like home, but there's really no place like Oz. Combine every fairyland from Narnia to Middle-Earth to Wonderland and you would still have only a quarter of Oz's magic with its yellow brick road, flying monkeys and Great and Powerful Wizard. Now you can visit yourself, courtesy of an exciting new production of "The Wizard of Oz" from Don Bluth Front Row Theatre. When a cyclone carries off young Dorothy and her little dog Toto, the two wind up landing in Oz (and "on" a witch). Meeting the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow, they travel the magical countryside searching for a wizard who can make all their dreams come true. Join them on their journey to the Emerald City during this fun, all-ages event. [less-]

Two Actors Play 20 Texas Townsfolk in Comedy "Greater Tuna"

at The Palms Theatre, Mesa
OFFER DATES:
Thu, May 07
Sat, May 09
FULL PRICE: $48.00
OFFER PRICE: $24.00

Two actors play more than 20 characters in this long-running off-Broadway comedy set in the fictional city of Tuna, the "third-smallest" town in Texas. Tuna's the kind of place where the Lions Club is... [more+]

Two actors play more than 20 characters in this long-running off-Broadway comedy set in the fictional city of Tuna, the "third-smallest" town in Texas. Tuna's the kind of place where the Lions Club is considered too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. Meet all the eccentric citizens, including the Bumiller family, puppy poisoning Aunt Pearl, the long-winded Reverend Spikes, good ol' Vera Carp and many more. Created more than 30 years ago as a party skit based on a political cartoon, "Greater Tuna"'s popularity has endured, spawning countless tours, several sequels and even an HBO special. In addition to the hilarious show your ticket also includes a delicious buffet meal at The Palms Theatre in Mesa. [less-]

"A Weekend with Pablo Picasso": One-Man Show Brings the Iconic Artist to Life

at Herberger Theater Center - Center Stage, Phoenix
OFFER DATES:
Thu, May 07
Thu, May 07
Fri, May 08
FULL PRICE: $41.00 - $56.00
OFFER PRICE: $20.50 - $28.00

The work of Pablo Picasso forever changed the way that the world looks at art. In this explosive one-man play from actor-writer Herbert Siguenza, you'll experience Picasso's energy and creativity as t... [more+]

The work of Pablo Picasso forever changed the way that the world looks at art. In this explosive one-man play from actor-writer Herbert Siguenza, you'll experience Picasso's energy and creativity as the actor dances, sculpts, clowns, chats and even creates real art in real time. You'll travel through time to 1957 and spend three days with a modern genius inside his private studio. Picasso's most intimate thoughts rip through the air with each brushstroke as Siguenza paints six new masterpieces on stage. Phoenix's Herberger Theater Center hosts the Arizona premiere of this passionate production. [less-]

"The TomKat Project": Comedy Show Lampoons Cruise & Over 50 Celebrities

at Tempe Performing Arts Center, Tempe
OFFER DATES:
Thu, May 07
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Seven actors portray over 50 celebrity characters in this hilarious show that chronicles the "threesome marriage" of Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and the Church of Scientology. Hailed as "the funniest thi... [more+]

Seven actors portray over 50 celebrity characters in this hilarious show that chronicles the "threesome marriage" of Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and the Church of Scientology. Hailed as "the funniest thing happening in Chicago" by "Time Out Chicago", "The Tomkat Project" lampoons the very public rise and fall of the relationship between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, and features appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Matt Lauer, Scarlett Johansson, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman and even little Suri Cruise. The show recently won a place in the prestigious New York Fringe Festival. [less-]

Countrified Feel-Good Musical: "Pump Boys and Dinettes"

at The Palms Theatre, Mesa
OFFER DATES:
Thu, May 07
FULL PRICE: $33.00
OFFER PRICE: $16.50

Get ready for a rousing blend of down-home country, rock and blues in "Pump Boys and Dinettes", a charming musical tale of friendship, romance and life's simple pleasures. At the Double Cupp Diner and... [more+]

Get ready for a rousing blend of down-home country, rock and blues in "Pump Boys and Dinettes", a charming musical tale of friendship, romance and life's simple pleasures. At the Double Cupp Diner and neighboring gas station alongside North Carolina's Highway 57, pump boys sell high-octane fuel as sassy sisters Prudie and Rhetta Cupp wait tables next door. Between changing tires and baking pies, the rowdy filling station boys and the "dinettes" get together for songs and other shenanigans. Playing instruments ranging from guitars to the kitchen utensils themselves, they'll belt out such show tune staples as "Farmer Tan" and "The Night Dolly Parton Was Almost Mine." Be sure to arrive early to this feel-good, toe-tapping time so you can partake in food and drinks from the a la carte dinner menu at Mesa's Palms Theatre, offering crispy chicken tenders, burgers, veggie stir fry and other delicious dishes. [less-]

Comedian Adam Ray ("Workaholics", "The Heat")

at Stand-Up, Scottsdale Comedy Club, Scottsdale
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Thu, May 07
Fri, May 08
Fri, May 08
+ 2 more dates
Thu, May 07
Fri, May 08
Fri, May 08
Sat, May 09
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FULL PRICE: $12.00 - $17.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $8.50

He's got wit, charm and four-letter expletives to spare, and now stand-up star Adam Ray is bringing his take-no-prisoners comedy about dating, weed, bro fights and that one time he accidentally grew a... [more+]

He's got wit, charm and four-letter expletives to spare, and now stand-up star Adam Ray is bringing his take-no-prisoners comedy about dating, weed, bro fights and that one time he accidentally grew a "molester-stache" to the Stand-Up, Scottsdale stage. In addition to his stand-up, Ray is a frequent guest star on some of TV's funniest shows ("Workaholics", "2 Broke Girls", "Arrested Development"), and recently held his own opposite Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in the buddy cop comedy "The Heat". A former writer for "Punk'd", Ray is perhaps best known these days for his website's weekly comedy sketches, which have amassed over 30 million views (and counting...). [less-]

Agatha Christie's Courtroom Whodunit "Witness for the Prosecution"

at Desert Stages Actor's Cafe, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 08
Sun, May 10
FULL PRICE: $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

When Agatha Christie's brilliantly plotted courtroom whodunit first opened on Broadway in 1954, the "New York Herald Tribune" proclaimed that its central mystery is so thrilling "you are apt to find y... [more+]

When Agatha Christie's brilliantly plotted courtroom whodunit first opened on Broadway in 1954, the "New York Herald Tribune" proclaimed that its central mystery is so thrilling "you are apt to find yourself gasping out loud." Audiences for over half a century have delighted in unraveling the mystery of this finely crafted play, and now you too can act as armchair detective when "Witness for the Prosecution" comes to Scottsdale's Desert Stages Actor's Cafe. Christie's tale centers around small-time inventor Leonard Vole, who's been arrested for the murder of the elderly widow Emily French. Vole happens to be French's principal heir, making things look bad for the defense. Then Vole's wife sends shockwaves through the courtroom by testifying as a witness -- for the prosecution! -- and the trial becomes a riveting roller coaster of suspense. [less-]

Arizona Diamondbacks Showcase Friday Night Fireworks

at Chase Field, Phoenix
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 08
Fri, May 22
Fri, June 05
+ 1 more dates
Fri, May 08
Fri, May 22
Fri, June 05
Fri, June 19
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FULL PRICE: $17.00 - $41.00
OFFER PRICE: $11.00 - $33.00

During the summer, baseball and fireworks go hand in hand, and the Arizona Diamondbacks are doing their part with a series of exciting Friday Night Fireworks games featuring some of the best teams in ... [more+]

During the summer, baseball and fireworks go hand in hand, and the Arizona Diamondbacks are doing their part with a series of exciting Friday Night Fireworks games featuring some of the best teams in MLB followed by a spectacular show filled with an explosive display. Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa says the Diamondbacks are poised to play tough and play well this season with a roster filled with talented newcomers and solid veterans. Don't miss the fun on Fridays as the Diamondbacks light up the night on the field and in the sky. [less-]

"How to Murder a Millionaire": Funny Whodunit Plus a 3-Course Dinner

at Orange Tree Golf Club, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 08
Sat, May 16
Sat, May 23
FULL PRICE: $45.00
OFFER PRICE: $25.00

They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but Murder and a Meal Dinner Theater thinks it's better served alongside a delicious three-course meal. Their latest light-hearted murder mystery show, "Ho... [more+]

They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but Murder and a Meal Dinner Theater thinks it's better served alongside a delicious three-course meal. Their latest light-hearted murder mystery show, "How to Murder a Millionaire", combines cold-blooded killing with the hilarious antics of reality TV. All eligible bachelor Dirk Dagwell wants is a bride to share his life, so he signs up to become the latest schmuck on cheesy dating show "How to Marry a Millionaire". Here to win the heart (and bank account) of the handsome millionaire are sex kitten Tanya, sweetheart Darma and lady-with-a-past Carleen. Who will Dirk choose to be his bride? And will it be the last choice he ever makes? Help put together the pieces and uncover the murderer -- and maybe even become a part of the show -- as you laugh and dine at Scottdale's Orange Tree Golf Club. [less-]

"The Wizard of Oz": All-Time Favorite Family Musical by Youth Cast

at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center - Main Stage, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 09
Sun, May 10
Sat, May 16
FULL PRICE: $18.00
OFFER PRICE: $9.00

Take a musical trip over the rainbow with Dorothy and her little dog Toto, too, in the family favorite "The Wizard of Oz" at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. Based on the Oscar-winning movie, it's the... [more+]

Take a musical trip over the rainbow with Dorothy and her little dog Toto, too, in the family favorite "The Wizard of Oz" at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. Based on the Oscar-winning movie, it's the beloved story of a girl transported to a strange land filled with witches, munchkins and monkeys, who teams up with a Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and a Tin Man on the yellow brick road in her quest to return home. "The Wizard of Oz"'s unforgettable score includes all-time favorites like "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard" and "If I Only Had a Brain." This Desert Foothills Youth Theater production features actors ages 8 to 19. [less-]

"Artopia": Festival of Art, Food, Fashion and Culture

at Monarch Theatre, Phoenix
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 09
FULL PRICE: $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00 - $12.50

Rub elbows with fellow arts enthusiasts at the Monarch Theatre as "Phoenix New Times" celebrates its fifth annual "Artopia" with an eclectic mix of local art and culture. You'll have a chance to exper... [more+]

Rub elbows with fellow arts enthusiasts at the Monarch Theatre as "Phoenix New Times" celebrates its fifth annual "Artopia" with an eclectic mix of local art and culture. You'll have a chance to experience firsthand the winners of this year's Big Brain Award, given to emerging Phoenix creatives like Brazen Chocolate, poet Beth May, fashion designer Leonor Aispuro and theater group Rising Youth Theatre and dance company Halo Movement Collective. As you mingle, you can nosh on tasty bites, sip drink samples while immersing your senses in the live music and performance art that permeate this beloved annual festival. [less-]

Country-Western Legends The Sons of the Pioneers

at The Palms Theatre, Mesa
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 09
Sat, May 09
FULL PRICE: $48.00
OFFER PRICE: $24.00

Co-created by the legendary Roy Rogers, the Sons of the Pioneers have been serenading generations of fans on stage, television and in the movies with the finest in Western vocal music since 1933. The ... [more+]

Co-created by the legendary Roy Rogers, the Sons of the Pioneers have been serenading generations of fans on stage, television and in the movies with the finest in Western vocal music since 1933. The first country-western group ever to perform at Carnegie Hall, the Sons are still going strong with a new generation of singers and musicians, taking on cowboy classics like "Ghostriders in the Sky," "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," "Cool Water" and many, many more. Members of the Country Music, Western Swing and National Cowboy Halls of Fame, this historic group appears at The Palms Theatre in Mesa. [less-]

"The Dinner Detective": Interactive Mystery Dinner Show

at Phoenix Marriott Mesa , Mesa
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 09
Sat, May 23
Sat, June 13
FULL PRICE: $85.75
OFFER PRICE: $51.45

A favorite across the country, "The Dinner Detective" comes to Phoenix to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the pr... [more+]

A favorite across the country, "The Dinner Detective" comes to Phoenix to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect, including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entrée and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights. [less-]

Mystery Dinner Show "Get a Clue ... or Die?"

at Orange Tree Golf Club, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 09
Fri, May 15
Fri, May 22
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Sat, May 09
Fri, May 15
Fri, May 22
Sat, May 30
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FULL PRICE: $45.00
OFFER PRICE: $25.00

With friends like these, who needs enemies? Join Mr. Boddee and his guests to celebrate the old man's birthday, where a delicious murder mystery will unfold throughout the evening as you enjoy a three... [more+]

With friends like these, who needs enemies? Join Mr. Boddee and his guests to celebrate the old man's birthday, where a delicious murder mystery will unfold throughout the evening as you enjoy a three-course meal served up with a side of laughs at the Orange Tree Golf Club in Scottsdale. A host of familiar names are on the guest list, including the gold-digging Miss Scarlett, the eccentric Professor Plum, the aging Col. Mustard, the ill-tempered Mr. Green, the stern and conceited Mrs. Peacock, and poor, misunderstood Mrs. White. They're all suspects when Mr. Boddee is knocked off, because they all had motive to kill him! It will be up to you, the audience, to figure out whodunit. [less-]

Children's Production Puts a Southwestern Spin on a Classic Tale: "The Three Javelinas"

at Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 09
Sat, May 09
Sun, May 10
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Sat, May 09
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Sat, May 16
Sat, May 16
Sat, May 23
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FULL PRICE: $20.00 - $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00 - $12.50

Who's afraid of the big, bad...coyote?! One of your children's favorite fairytales gets a southwestern spin in this world premiere stage adaptation of Susan Lowell's picture book "The Three Javelinas"... [more+]

Who's afraid of the big, bad...coyote?! One of your children's favorite fairytales gets a southwestern spin in this world premiere stage adaptation of Susan Lowell's picture book "The Three Javelinas". Josefina Javelina dreams of a career on stage. Juan wants a quiet place to think. And as for José -- he just wants someone to listen to his jokes. A series of misadventures lead them to build three separate houses in the desert -- but think tumbleweeds, saguaro and adobe, rather than straw, sticks and bricks. Unfortunately for the trio, all their hubbub draws the attention of a hungry coyote. Kids who know the original story by heart will get a kick out of this new musical tribute to both the classic and the Arizona landscape. The desert adventure begins at the Tempe Center for the Arts. [less-]

Tribute Concert "'56" Rocks Through the Hits of Elvis, Johnny Cash & More

at The Palms Theatre, Mesa
OFFER DATES:
Sun, May 10
FULL PRICE: $48.00
OFFER PRICE: $24.00

What if Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and even Elvis were playing your town this weekend? The musical revue "'56" sets out to bring that rock 'n' roll daydream to life. Four r... [more+]

What if Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and even Elvis were playing your town this weekend? The musical revue "'56" sets out to bring that rock 'n' roll daydream to life. Four retro-loving musicians channel that list of icons -- and a jukebox's worth of other legends -- in this tribute to the year 1956. Enjoy a buffet meal as these performers serve up all the hits of yesteryear and conjure up visions of sock hops, Coupe DeVilles and drive-in movies. This musical trip down memory lane begins at Mesa's Palms Theatre. [less-]

Teen Angst Spells Fun in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee "

at Fountain Hills Theater Mainstage, Fountain Hills
OFFER DATES:
Sun, May 10
Thu, May 14
Thu, May 21
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Sun, May 10
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FULL PRICE: $28.00
OFFER PRICE: $14.00

The high-stakes world of middle school spelling competitions takes center stage in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee". This hit musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths a... [more+]

The high-stakes world of middle school spelling competitions takes center stage in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee". This hit musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents, using hilarious original songs like "Woe Is Me" and "Chip's Lament" to portray teen troubles at their worst. In the end, they learn the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning two, including Best Book. Go to the Fountain Hills Theater to see the show "The New York Times" called "irresistible" and "riotously funny." You may even get invited up on stage to compete alongside the teens in the spelling bee. [less-]