‘Putnam County Spelling Bee’ is part musical, part participation and all theatrics
Jan. 11 & 12 at 7:30 pm Corsicana High School
Six quirky high school students are in the fight of their lives to take home the champion title. It all comes down to this — can they spell it? And if they’re on stage, can they sing it?
That’s the mashup of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a musical comedy produced by the Fine Arts Department at Corsicana High School. Two shows will be featured on the CHS stage at 7:30 pm on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 11 and 12.
The production pits six savvy spellers against each other to be named the best speller in Putnam County as each contestant deals with hormonal teen angst, dramatic home lives and absent-minded adults. It’s not just the characters on stage taking part in the bee, either. The performance incorporates audience participation, with theater-goers encouraged at times to join the students on stage taking on spelling challenges.
This show is the debut of the well-known, veteran theater director and teacher, Cranston Dodds, since he joined CHS this fall semester as the Fine Arts Coordinator and Theater teacher.
“Putnam County” opened on Broadway in 2005 and was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two. The script is loose in its structure and allows for some ad-libbing and up-to-date pop culture references.
What: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” produced by the CHS Fine Arts Department, directed by Cranston Dodds
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday Jan. 11 and 12
Where: CHS Auditorium
Tickets: Available at the door $10 adult ticket, $5 student ticket with ID
Malika M. Muhammad
Director Cranston Dodds
Technical Director Marcus Ely
Vocal Director Christopher Wheelock
Conductor Christopher Wheelock
Choreographer Marcela Bonilla
Stage Manager Elizabeth Warren
Lighting Designer Hailey Herrin
Light Board Operator Jack Brown
Sound Board Operator Isabel Campoz
Set Construction Technical Theatre Classes
Props Alexus Henderson, Alondra Turrubiartes, Aimee Zamora, Darian Riley
Program Jonathan Dixon
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Band
Piano Sandra Huffman
Brass Jeff Osbourn
Reeds Ricky Hinton
Percussion Michael Belew