LIMA — This won’t be your typical spelling bee.
Tonight, Encore Theatre will open its next musical, “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” The show is a fast-paced comedy detailing the backstories of six pre-teen spelling bee participants.
“It’s six kids that are in a typical spelling bee but each kid has their own issue that they’re working through,” explained Brian Timpe, who plays Chip Tolentino.
However, director Karen Finn explained that the participants won’t just be actors.
“It has an interesting little wrinkle in that there’s audience participation,” Finn said. “We have four audience members who get selected prior to the show and they come up on stage and be part of the bee.”
Morgan Bode, who plays Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere, said she is glad the spelling bee words are scripted because she’s a “horrible” speller.
“That’s the thing I’m most worried about, misspelling the word,” she joked.
Though the show details the minds of pre-teens, the cast explained it is geared a little more toward adult humor.
“This is a very fast-paced, light and fun show, especially compared to the show that we just came off of, which was ‘A Christmas Carol’, so very heavy and very dark in some places,” explained music director Terri Crosina-Spencer. “It was very challenging, and it’s not that this isn’t challenging, but it’s designed to be fun, light-hearted and you don’t have to think too hard.”
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