The award-winning Lampman School Drama Club will perform the musical production, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” on November 23, 24 and 30, as well as December 1.
Curtain times are nightly at 7:30, and there will be an additional 2 p.m. matinee on December 1.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for a spelling championship.
The show was created by Tony Award-winning creative team William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin, and it tells the story about students for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. Six young people in the midst of puberty learn that winning isn't everything, and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.
The vice-principal delivers the words, definitions, and sentences. As the contest heats up, the participants become angry at the unfairness of the word selection, as one student gets phosphorous and another has to spell cow. As the youths take a turn, the audience is given a peek inside their lives, and the daily issues that they must battle.
Through tantrums, dignity, humility and sabotage, the contestants face defeat, except for one, who becomes the winner of the spelling bee.
Cast members include Maya Branyik-Thornton, Angela Fornwald, Carley Greening, Angela Hookenson, Morgan Jones, Samantha Paxman, Josh Pele, Taylor Roy and McKenzie Warriner. The show boasts cast members not only from Lampman, but the Estevan Comprehensive School and Oxbow Prairie Heights School.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is directed by Christine Branyik-Thornton, with musical direction by Anita Warriner and vocal direction by Arlene Lafrentz.