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Citizens Bank announces special preview night at the Palace Theatre on September 13 to kick off Citizens Bank Performing Arts Series

New Hampshire teachers invited to attend performance of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Manchester, N.H. Citizens Bank and the Palace Theatre have announced a special preview performance of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on September 13 at 7 p.m. to kick off the 2012-2013 Citizens Bank Performing Arts Series. To celebrate this performance, Citizens is offering free tickets to New Hampshire school teachers, administrators and staff as a way to honor the important role they play in educating youth.

According to the Palace, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst. It follows six adolescent outsiders in the throes of puberty who are vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. The students learn that winning is not everything and that losing does not necessarily make you a loser. The musical’s Broadway production won Tony awards in 2005 for best book and best performance.

“The Palace Theatre is thrilled to host this preview night for the community and, with the support of Citizens Bank, to extend this special offer to all New Hampshire teachers, staff and school administrators to enjoy this performance free of charge,” said Peter Ramsey, president of the Palace Theatre. “The successful and popular Citizens Bank Performing Arts Series has enabled us to bring award-winning performances to our stage for the entire community to enjoy. We are delighted to kick off the season with this preview show.”

Citizens Bank is excited to offer a ‘welcome back to school’ night out for teachers and administrators as a way to recognize these unsung heroes who are so important to our youth and communities,” said Joe Carelli, President of Citizens Bank New Hampshire. “With the theme of this musical comedy being about young adolescents and spelling bees, we thought it would be a fun show that teachers could relate to and enjoy. We hope the education community in New Hampshire will take a break from the start of the school year and enjoy a night out on us.”

Citizens Bank’s sponsorship of the Citizens Bank Performing Arts Series includes direct funding by Citizens Bank to the Palace Theatre, as well as in-kind services.

Teachers, administrators and school staff can receive their free tickets by calling the Palace Theatre box office at 603.668.5588.

About the Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre is a nonprofit performing arts center that hosts its own professional company, youth and teen program and presenting acts. It is committed to achieving its mission through preserving the historic facilities of the theater, responding creatively to the cultural and entertainment needs of the community and governing in a fiscally responsible and strategic manner. For information about pricing, visit the Palace Theatre’s website at www.palacetheatre.org.

About Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 83 branches and 191 ATMs in Rhode Island.

RBS Citizens, N.A., is a subsidiary of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $130 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and through its subsidiaries has more than 1,460 branches, approximately 3,800 ATMs and approximately 19,200 colleagues. Its two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont; and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. RBSCFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in more than 30 states. RBSCFG is owned by RBS (the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). RBSCFG’s website is citizensbank.com.