New Prairie to present ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

November 16, 2018

NEW CARLISLE — The New Prairie High School Theatre Company will present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee this weekend.

Show times are Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the New Prairie High School auditorium, 5333 N. Cougar Road, New Carlisle.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

The musical, according to stageagent.com, is about an eclectic group of sixth-graders who arrive at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee; bold and hyperallergic speller William Barfee uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her dads. In hilarious, touching and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition.

An unusual aspect of the show is that four real audience members are invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six original spellers.

The musical is directed by Kortney Brennan and music is directed by James Bennett. Pit direction is by Patrick Teykl. Assistant directors are Madeline Stack and Morgan Faulkenburg.

The cast list for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee includes:

Chip Tolentino - Wrigley Hemphill

Logainne Schwartzandgrunenierre (Schwartzy) - Paige Dew

Leaf Coneybear - Nathan Emerick

William Barfee - Jacob Mitchell

Marcy Park - Alyssa Woodcox

Olive Ostrovsky - Molly Lenig

Rona Lisa Peretti - Bailey Lenig

Douglas Panch - Nick Koontz

Mitch Mahoney - Mary Jayne Nichols

Carl Dad - Shawn Kleppinger

Dan Dad - Maddie Stack

Jesus Christ - Sam Cowger

Leaf’s Mom - Sydney Varnak

Leaf’s Dad - Ella Smith

Olive’s Dad - Max Cotter

Olive’s Mom - Alexis Bensoussan

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