Spelling Bee Comedy In Greendale
Greendale Community Theatre presents the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
A few days ago, I found myself sinking into a show on the documentary channel. Jeffrey Blitzâ€™s 2002 documentary Spellbound was one of the first films Iâ€™d ever seen on criticsâ€™ advance screening. The story of eight teenagers competing in the national spelling bee remains an interesting, well-executed documentary. It was a film I was reminded of when I first saw the touring Broadway production of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. What Blitz did so well with Spellbound was competently executed here by a touring show that had been customized a bit for local audiences. The concept of turning a quirky American competition into a somewhat standard American musical by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin. Next weekend, the Greendale Community Theatre launches its production of the popular contemporary musical.
Following the overall plot structure of a standard spelling bee, the musical is an ensemble affair. The cast here features quit a few names recognizable from GCTâ€™s recent production of Rent including Jordan Gwiazdowski, Amber Smith, Brad Novak and more. The clever bit here is the fact that the play is set in a school auditorium and . . . itâ€™s being staged in a high school auditorium, which almost kind of makes it an environmental production.
The Greendale Community Theatreâ€™s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee runs January 8th â€“ 16th at the Greendale High School Auditorium on 6801 Southway.