This year’s spring production at Menlo School is The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, described in a school press release as a “quirky, offbeat Tony-ward-winning musical features battling overachievers, nerdy neuroses, gleeful mayhem, audience participation, and yes — some actual spelling!”
“It’s going to be such a fun show,” said Beth Orr, Upper School Drama teacher and the show’s director. “We’re laughing so much in rehearsals as we discover the vulnerabilities and strengths of these awkward pre-adolescents. So many great people showed up for auditions, that Ben Malkevitch, our musical director, and I decided we had no choice but to double cast the show. Everyone is in every performance, as principle players are in the chorus on alternate nights. It’s a wonderful training ground for everyone involved.”
The production will be staged outdoors over six nights — May 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 15 — at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for student. “Don’t forget to dress warmly, pack a picnic, bring your low lawn chairs, sleeping bags and blankets, and make it a family outing,” said Orr.