Encore presents ‘The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ musical


By Tara Jones - tjones@limanews.com



Anna Kahle’s, left, character Olive Ostrovsky gets advice from spelling bee emcee Rona Lisa Peretti, played by Kristin Lee, right.

Anna Kahle’s, left, character Olive Ostrovsky gets advice from spelling bee emcee Rona Lisa Peretti, played by Kristin Lee, right.


Tara Jones | The Lima News

Encore Theatre actors, from left, Brian Timpe, Anthony Taylor, Morgan Bode, Amaya Jones and Chad Rode rehearse for “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

Encore Theatre actors, from left, Brian Timpe, Anthony Taylor, Morgan Bode, Amaya Jones and Chad Rode rehearse for “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”


Tara Jones | The Lima News

IF YOU GO

WHAT: “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

WHEN: 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 17-19 and Jan. 24-26

WHERE: Encore Theatre, 991 North Shore Drive, Lima

ADMISSION: Adults $17, seniors $14, students $12, 10 and under $10 at 419-223-8866, amiltellers.org or door.

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.”

Anna Kahle’s, left, character Olive Ostrovsky gets advice from spelling bee emcee Rona Lisa Peretti, played by Kristin Lee, right.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/01/web1_SpellingBee7.jpgAnna Kahle’s, left, character Olive Ostrovsky gets advice from spelling bee emcee Rona Lisa Peretti, played by Kristin Lee, right. Tara Jones | The Lima News
Encore Theatre actors, from left, Brian Timpe, Anthony Taylor, Morgan Bode, Amaya Jones and Chad Rode rehearse for “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/01/web1_SpellingBee3.jpgEncore Theatre actors, from left, Brian Timpe, Anthony Taylor, Morgan Bode, Amaya Jones and Chad Rode rehearse for “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Tara Jones | The Lima News

By Tara Jones

tjones@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

WHEN: 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 17-19 and Jan. 24-26

WHERE: Encore Theatre, 991 North Shore Drive, Lima

ADMISSION: Adults $17, seniors $14, students $12, 10 and under $10 at 419-223-8866, amiltellers.org or door.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

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