Every year, McDowell puts on a hand full of awe-inducing productions and this year is no exception. The next show being performed is The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The show follows six quirky middle school kids as they compete in a county spelling bee. The hilarious script provides insight into the strange lives of these twelve year old characters, as they all try to be the champion.
One may think “What’s the big deal? It’s just another musical,” however that’s far from the case. This show has quite the interesting twist because along with the performance, the McDowell cast will also be acting as waiters and waitresses, serving dinner to the audience.
“It was written for a Broadway production when it originally came out.” says Mr. Brent Johnson, the director of the show, “[But] we’re going to try to incorporate a dinner theater in every year or every couple years so that everybody has that type of experience.”
The nine cast members will serve the appetizers, entrees, and desserts between the acts of the show, allowing the Millcreek community to enjoy dinner and a the show.
This musical is very unique and even includes audience participation. “It’s got modern music, it’s a lot of fun for the cast,” says Johnson. “[The] challenge is the students have to serve the meal as well. Many of these students have never worked in the food service industry…so it’s going to be a whirlwind for the cast, but it’ll be a great experience in the end.”
The show has won several awards including two different Tony Awards. It is full of gut-busting humor and is entertaining for anyone. “It’s hilarious. It’s one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen,” Johnson explains, “the characters are larger than life, but there’s a character in the show that everybody can relate to…”
If you’re looking for laughs, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be on February 2 – 4 at 7 p.m. in the MIHS commons. You must reserve ticket ahead of time. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students, and $15 for children under 12 years old.
Visit Mr. Johnson in room 6-105 or call the Box Office at 835-6925 with any questions.
As featured in the January 2017 issue of The Trojan Voice