4 reasons “Putnam County Spelling Bee” is making a buzz

In less than a month, UNCSA’s Acting Out! community drama program will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Performed on UNCSA’s campus June 2–4, “Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be the first-ever musical featuring students in the program. 

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It’s unlike any spelling bee you’ve attended… though you may have the opportunity to spell a word or two at one of the four performances. Here’s the buzz about this can’t-miss show: 

1. Kids will be kids

“Putnam County Spelling Bee” is often performed with adults in the roles of kids, but the Acting Out! cast is authentic—with actors in middle school and high school. “I kept gravitating to the clever, quirky characters in this show,” says Janine Hawley, director of the Acting Out! program. “The brilliance of music and text, and the positive message it leaves us with made it a great choice.”

2. A show with heart

This show will make you laugh… and cry, according to 10th grader Meredith Brown, who is cast as introverted speller Olive Ostrovsky. “Olive is a quiet, introverted girl who often finds herself isolated from people,” says Brown. “But just because Olive is quiet does not mean she doesn't have a lot to say… When she gets the opportunity to talk, it's hard to stop her!”

Meet Meredith and the rest of the cast here:

3. Special guests

Each performance will feature special guest spellers. The list isn’t finalized yet, but Winston-Salem Major Allen Joines, UNCSA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost David English, WFDD’s Triad Arts host David Ford and UNCSA Drama alumnus Dave Thomas Brown will join the fun on stage.

4. Featuring YOU

Raise your hand if you’ve ever wanted to claim your 15 minutes of fame on stage. 🙋🙋‍♂️ “Putnam County Spelling Bee” may give you the chance! Audience participants will be selected for each performance in one of the most fun parts of the show.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is best-suited for audiences ages 12+. We'll see you at a show E-X-P-E-D-I-T-I-O-U-S-L-Y.

by Hannah Callaway

May 12, 2017