• ‘Putnam County Spelling Bee’ is part musical, part participation and all theatrics

     Jan. 11 & 12 at 7:30 pm Corsicana High School 

    25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 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



    Eve Dixon

    Cole Curlee-Young

    Abel Velasco

    Hanna Carlisle

    Nicholas Eppler

    Kaden Kline

    Jayde Ibanez

    Ethan Freed

    Malika M. Muhammad

    Bailey Cook 

    Dustin McCarter


    Production Staff

    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