Menlo School stages The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on May 3, 2011

Cast of Spelling Bee at Menlo School in Atherton

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.

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