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A new performance from the drama department promises laughter and a colorful cast


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Poster

Gem Arbogast, Staff Writer

If you’re looking for some fun to get you through finals week, SCC’s drama students have just the thing. Charming musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” begins showings Dec. 2 on SCC’s theater in the 1600 Building.

The show follows a quirky group of sixth graders as they vie for the title of spelling bee champion.

The synopsis gives a brief introduction to each lead character: “Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (a 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 gay dads.”

This production is directed and produced by Bryar Golden, musically directed by Paul Linnes and choreographed by Molly Hall. It features music and lyrics by William Finn, a script by Rachel Sheinkin and conception by Rebecca Feldman with additional material by Jay Reiss.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” has shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday and runs from Dec. 2-4 and 9-11. Admission is $5 for SCC students, $10 for seniors and staff and $15 for all others. Tickets can be purchased online here or at the door.