Upper school students presented The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to full houses on February 26, 27 and 28.
The show featured an eclectic group of sixth-graders, Chip Tolentino (Jacob Tuteur '23), Logainne Schartzandgrubenniere (Allie Dornfeld '23), Leaf Coneybear (Shayfer Huitt '22), William Barfee (Patrick Whiteford '23), Marcy Park (Uma Rayani '23) and Olive Ostrovsky (Molly Magarian '25) who arrive at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition. A unique aspect of the show is that four real audience members are invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six young characters.
This production had a large cast — as listed in the program: Jacob Tuteur '23, Allie Dornfeld '23, Shayfer Huitt '22, Patrick Whiteford '23, Uma Rayani '23, Molly Magarian '25. Kennedy Holmes '23. Quincy Loegering '25, Anne Grace Hooper '22, Catherine Roth '23, Jacquelyn Harris '22, Owen Front '25, Ella Galvin '22, Sophia Park '22, Sylvia Barnes '23, Hana Banga '24 and Jane Leavitt '23. More than a dozen other students performed in the ensemble and in the live pit orchestra.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was directed by Drew Battles (Theatre, Speech & Dance). Choreography was by Taylor Pietz (Theatre, Speech & Dance, Music) and music direction by Taylor Pietz (Theatre, Speech & Dance, Music) and Jerry Estes (Music). Set and props were designed by Joe Novak (Theatre, Speech & Dance). Carla Landis Evans was the costume designer. Mia Wood '23 served as the production stage manager, Wren Wolfgram '25 and Amy Weston '23 were the assistant stage managers.