Temple College will present the lively off-Broadway musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre.
The show focuses on six eager spelling champions and four brave audience volunteers who vie for the title of champion. The role of Putnam County’s award-winning real estate broker Rona Peretti will be played by Teri Johnson and the role of vice principal Douglas Panch will be played by Michael Morris. The two will put the quirky middle school spellers through their paces as the audience learns more about them. Chip Tolentino, the cocky Boy Scout, will be played by Clyde Ciupek; Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere, the youngest competitor and political activist, will be played by Kris Glorioso; Leaf Coneybear, the homeschooled second-runner up of his local contest, will be played by Juvencio Cruz; William Barfee, the originator of the “Magic Foot” spelling method, will be played by Konnor Widmann; Marcy Park, the ultimate overachiever, will be played by Morgan Hollingsworth; and Olive Ostrovsky, the sweet girl whose best friend is her dictionary, will be played by Hannah Gilmore.
Other cast members include Nick Lopez as Mitch Mahoney, Alec Seegers as Carl Grubenierre, Josh Zepeda as Dan Schwarz, Kendall Duffina as Marigold Coneybear, Alyssia Rodriguez as Mrs. Coneybear, and Rachel Mayfield as Mrs. Ostrovsky. Dr. Sara Harris Baker is the stage director, Norm Bergeron is the conductor, JoAnna Langthorn is choreographer and Carissa Breeding is stage manager.
The show features some adult humor and may not be appropriate for young audiences.
General admission tickets are $5 and seating is limited. The Backstage Theatre is located in the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center.
For more information on the performance and other upcoming events sponsored by the Temple College Fine Arts Division, call 254-298-8555.