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