New Tampa Players Present Akeelah and the Bee


Sep 26 - 27 2021


Uptown Stage, at the University Mall.
2240 University Square Mall Tampa, FL 33612

Doug Atchison, original screenwriter
Cheryl L. West, playwright

Based on a book by James Ellison and the movie with Laurence Fishburne, Akeelah and the Bee is the perfect show for everyone!

Akeelah has a crazy passion for words: the more abstruse and labyrinthine, the better. But this gift is almost overwhelmed by the challenge of her daily life in a tough, Chicago neighborhood. Akeelah’s aptitude earns her a spot in the National Spelling Bee, which inspires the people in her neighborhood with her courage and tenacity

All performances are at Uptown Stage at the University Mall, 2200 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612.

Directions to Uptown Stage: Once on the campus of the University Mall, park in front of the K&G Fashions main mall entrance. Enter the mall through the entrance between K&G Fashions and Famous Footwear. Turn right at the children’s playspace inside the mall. Uptown Stage is the fourth space on the left.

Produced with special arrangement with Plays for New Audiences.

Produced with the generous support of Hillsborough Arts Council, Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners, and Florida State Division of Cultural Affairs


New Tampa Players



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