Broadway stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Celia Keenan Bolger visit CSUN’s “Spelling Bee”

Abbey Seltzer

During the recent CSUN production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” more than just award-winning spellers were in attendance at the production’s six sold out shows, a rare but not an unheard of occurrence.

“Days don’t come much better,” said Bill Taylor, theatre manager in an email. “It was a giant day for our students … learning we’d sold out the entire run, then last evening (Sept. 29) two stars from the original Broadway production showed up in the audience.”

Adding to the excitement, in attendance Sept. 29 were Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) and Celia Keenan-Bolger, who played Leaf and Olive in the original Broadway production.

“Congrats to the cast of ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ @calstate university! You totally charmed mine & @celiakb’s socks off!,” tweeted Ferguson on Sept. 30.

The next production by the CSUN theatre department is “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” opening night is Friday, Oct. 7. For more information, check out the CSUN theatre department’s website at